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17-13 News – Quarterfinal: Avon Lake vs. Olmsted Falls


4/24/17CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



The Scholastic Games high school quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), broadcast its third quarterfinal on Monday, 24th, a 440 to 410 victory for Olmsted Falls High School over Avon Lake High.  This battle between two powerful academic teams marked the second time this year that Avon Lake scored 400 points in defeat, tallying the highest losing scores in over two decades of Scholastic Games broadcasts.

OlmsFalls SS-2017 McCaffertyThe semifinal-bound Olmsted Falls team consisted of Joey Calabrase, Ben Meredyk, and team captain Molly McCafferty, who earned her second “Standout Scholar Award,” a weekly $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Avon Lake’s team consisted of Irwin Deng, Alex Petroff, and team captain Connor McNeill.

Avon Lake scored well throughout the competition, but Olmsted Falls managed to maintain a slight lead after every round.  Falls began with a perfect first round, ending it with 60 to 30 edge.  The lead narrowed to 100 to 80 at the end of the usually-challenging Current Events round in which both teams excelled.  Buzzers came into play in the Theme Round, giving advantage to those with quicker answers, and the Falls lead increased to a 60-point margin.

The fourth round provides a number of clues in which a correct answer to the first yields fifty points but the final clue provides only ten.  There are intermediate scoring possibilities in between.  A clue about “a career soldier who never voted” brought a buzz from Meredyk and an answer of Zachary Taylor, scoring 50 points for Olmsted Falls followed by two scores by McCafferty, identifying Paul Revere’s ride for 30 points and soap, following a number of clues, for ten.  There were two big forty-pointers for Avon Lake, Deng naming Boston from its “hub of the universe” nickname and Petroff  identifying the Geneva Conventions after only two clues.  All the heavy scoring in the round netted a ten-point gain for Olmsted Falls.

The final round, consisting of several minutes of tossup questions with the possibility of 20-point bonuses brought a strong rally for Avon Lake’s aggressive buzzing with correct answers.  The team picked up 220 points as Olmsted Falls added 180, but it was not enough to overcome the team’s deficit, so the Falls team emerged victorious and will return in three weeks for a semifinal.

A total of sixteen Lorain County 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 be heard most Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. The schedule of broadcasts is below.


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

Tuesday, 5/2   Fourth Quarterfinal – Vermilion vs. Lake Ridge Academy

5/8   First Semifinal – Amherst Steele vs. Avon

5/15 Second Semifinal – Olmsted Falls vs. winner of quarterfinal 4

5/22  Championship

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Erin Stanton is the advisor to the Olmsted Falls team and Mike Kaminsky and Ryan Smylie are co-advisors to the Avon Lake 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.  Playoff winners are provided additional credits at each level.  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.

 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 for over twenty years has 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.


Attached Photos:

The academic team from Avon Lake High School, left to right, Alex Petroff, Connor McNeill and Irwin Deng, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Olmsted Falls High School, left to right, Ben Meredyk, Molly McCafferty, and Joey Calabrase, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Molly McCafferty, left, of  Olmsted Falls High School, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL radio (AM 930)