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17-10 News – Playoff: Brookside vs. Keystone


APR. 4, 2017

4/3/17CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


 One answer made the difference in a winners’ playoff on the Scholastic Games high school quiz Monday evening.  It was a tight contest right up to the final bell, when LaGrange’s Keystone High scored a 220 to 200 victory over Sheffield’s Brookside High School, earning a quarterfinal berth.  The program, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), will be in playoff eliminations until its championship in May.

Peters, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling.

Peters, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling.

Keystone’s team consisted of Annali Perez, Cole Stoots, and team captain Luke Peters, who earned his second “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given each week to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Brookside was represented by Lucia Morello, Liam Shanahan  and team captain  Sylvester Rabineau, who was a Standout winner earlier this season.

Keystone ended the first round with a 50 to 20 lead, but Brookside bounced back with a strong showing in the Current Events Round, narrowing Keystone’s lead to only ten points.  Keystone took the lead again, quicker with the buzzer in a name-based Theme Round that ranged from history to literature to music to science, to enter the fourth round with a 100 to 50 advantage for Keystone.

The fourth round is a multi-clue affair in which a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten, with intermediate scoring possibilities in between.  Knowledge of history helped both teams.  Brookside scored 40 points when Shanahan identified Henry Hudson but Peters scored three times for Keystone, including 40 points on a clue about the “poets corner” to name London’s Westminster Abbey.   The final round began with a large but not insurmountable 170 to 90 point Keystone lead.

Brookside bounced back again in the final round, scoring more than twice the points of their opponents.  The team was one question short of tying the score when the team missed a twenty-point bonus question at the final bell.  A correct answer would have tied the score, leading to overtime and possible victory.

Keystone ended with the win, however, and will advance to the quarterfinals in two weeks.  A total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools have competed this year, and the season will end with the broadcast’s 27th annual county championship in May.  The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will continue to be heard most Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Mr. Tom Habenicht is advisor for Keystone and Ms. Lisa Rutger advises the Brookside team.  Continuing a 26-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that will attend an area college or university.  Many additional credits are awarded to schools as they compete and win in playoffs.  Contributing institutions include Lorain County Community, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.


MONDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time)

4/10  “Wildcard” playoff:  highest-scoring runner-ups: Avon Lake vs. Firelands

(the winning team advances to quarterfinals)

4/17 Second Quarterfinal – Avon vs. Keystone

4/24 Third Quarterfinal – Olmsted Falls vs. winner of wildcard program

5/1   Fourth Quarterfinal – Vermilion vs. Lake Ridge Academy

5/8   First Semifinal – Amherst Steele vs. team to be determined

5/15-22  Remaining Semifinals and Championship

Scholastic Games, on WEOL radio since 1990, is presented on the station by the Elyria Public Library System.  Production of the program is made possible by funding from Nordson Corporation, the Nord Family Foundation, the Community West Foundation, and the following funds administered by the Community Foundation of Lorain County:  the William J. and Flora Hearn Durling Fund, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, and the Miraldi and Barrett Fund.  The Elyria Public Library System and the Elyria Days Inn provide recording venues, and following broadcast, and offer the programs as “podcasts.”  A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s producer, Jim Mehrling, is a veteran northeast Ohio broadcaster.  After seven years as Chief Announcer at WEOL, he was Production Manager at Cleveland’s WERE-AM for over a decade, and has for over twenty years been with Cleveland’s  WCLV-FM, now a part of Ideastream public broadcasting.  Again this year, most Scholastic Games programs will be followed by a talk feature, “Dialogues in Education,” which presents education success stories with its host, award-winning journalist Bob Tayek.