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News Release 2/6/18 Avon Lake vs. Keystone

FOR RELEASE:  FEB.  6, 2018  2/5/18 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


 The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools, continued its series of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Monday when Avon Lake scored a 510 to 130 win over Keystone High.

Avon Lake was represented by Irwin Deng, Alex Petroff, and team captain Connor McNeill, who won the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.

McNeill, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

Keystone’s team consisted of Annali Perez, Matthew Lee, and team captain Luke Peters.

Both teams did well in the first two rounds, achieving a tie score after the Current Events round.   In the first buzzer round, Avon Lake gained a lead of only 10 points.  In the multi-clue fourth round a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten.   The biggest score was a 40 scored by Keystone by identifying Malcolm X at the second clue, but Avon Lake scored three correct answers and added a total of 60 points, and entered the final round with a 30-point lead.

It was the fast-moving final round that Avon Lake piled on 360 points, as McNeill earned his scholar award with buzzer quickness and correct responses to tossup and bonus questions.   Last week’s record-breaking winning score for a season opener—440 scored by Oberlin High School—looked like it might be a season high, but the team was outscored in the very next program by Avon Lake!

In succeeding weeks, a total of sixteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will compete, leading up to the broadcast’s  annual county championship.  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.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Mike Kaminski and Ryan Smylie are co-advisors for the Avon Lake team and Tom Habenicht advises the Keystone team.  Continuing a 27-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, Baldwin Wallace University, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University,  Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll,  Notre Dame College of Ohio, 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,

with a rebroadcast on Friday, same time, if scheduling permits)

2/12  Lake Ridge Academy vs. Olmsted Falls

2/19  Avon (defending champion) vs. Vermilion

2/26   Lorain vs. Sheffield Brookside

3/5     Amherst Steele vs. Firelands

3/12   Midview vs. Wellington

3/19   Elyria Catholic vs. North Ridgeville

3/26 through May: Elimination Playoffs & 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 Dr. Howard A. and Pearl L. Keiser Living Memorial, the Dorothy and Elizabeth King Memorial Charitable Fund, the Del Lumber Fund, the Ted Jacobs Fund, the Joanne MaGirl Arnold Memorial Fund and the David and Marilyn Koethe 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.


By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449, telephone 440-234-6021


 Attached Photos:

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

The academic team from Keystone High School, is represented by Luke Peters, Annali Perez, and Matthew Lee.  They were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Connor McNeill, right, of Avon Lake 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).