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17-14 Quarterfinal: Lake Ridge Acad. vs. Vermilion


5/3/17 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (



The Scholastic Games high school quiz, heard weekly on WEOL (AM 930), determined the last of its semifinalists in the broadcast of Tuesday, May 2nd. It was a 260 to 130 win for North Ridgeville’s Lake Ridge Academy over Vermilion High School.  The competition was closer than the final score would indicate until the fast-moving final round in which Lake Ridge dominated, winning the school the final semifinal position along with Avon, Amherst Steele, and Olmsted Falls, which will face Lake Ridge in two weeks.

Lacoste, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling

Lacoste, left, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling

Lake Ridge was represented by Katelynn Mihu, Anmol Takiar, and team captain Joshua Lacoste, who earned his second “Standout Scholar Award,” a weekly $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Vermilion’s team consisted of Luke Hoerig, Chase Armstrong and team captain Riley Lowe.  Vermilion took an early lead, outscoring their opponents in the first round, but Lake Ridge reversed the situation picking up fifty points in the Current Events Round.  The third round was the first in which buzzers give an advantage to the quicker team, and again, Vermilion scored more points, but not enough to recapture the lead.

The fourth round provides a number of clues for each answer in which a correct response to the first yields fifty points but the final clue provides only ten.  There are intermediate scoring possibilities in between.  Clues about the state of Nebraska yielded an early buzz from Vermilion but an incorrect answer.  Additional clues brought a 20-point score for Lake Ridge by Lacoste.  Lacoste also scored 20 points by identifying Louis Pasteur, and 30 points when he identified Liberia from mention of the capital, Monrovia.  Vermilion’s Lowe earned 20 points from clues about George Marshall and 30 from facts provided about architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

The fourth round ended with a modest 40 point advantage for Lake Ridge, but it was the final round, consisting of several minutes of tossup questions with the possibility of 20-point bonuses, that provided the big margin of victory.

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, is 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 later in the week, at the same time)   5/8   First Semifinal – Amherst Steele vs. Avon

5/15 Second Semifinal – Lake Ridge Academy vs. Olmsted Falls

5/22  Championship

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Justin Schaefer is the advisor to the Lake Ridge Academy team and Rebecca Jessen and Jim Klein are co-advisors to the Vermilion 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 Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Lorain County Community, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, 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.



The academic team from Lake Ridge Academy, left to right, Anmol Takiar, Joshua Lacoste, and Katelynn Mihu, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Vermilion High School, left to right, Luke Hoerig, Riley Lowe, and Chase Armstrong, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Joshua Lacoste, left, of  Lake Ridge Academy, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling for winning “Standout Scholar” honors on the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL radio (AM 930).