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News Release 2/13 Lake Ridge vs. Olmsted Falls High School

FOR RELEASE:  FEB.  13, 2018

2/12/18 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, featuring academic teams in the Lorain County region, continued its series of weekly programs on WEOL (AM 930) on Monday when the team from Olmsted Falls High School Academy scored a 590 to 200 win over Lake Ridge Academy.

It’s looking like it will be a year of exceptionally high winning scores. The series began two weeks ago with an usually high 440 point win for Oberlin, followed by a 510 point winning score from Avon Lake last week, only to be exceeded again in the third program by the Olmsted Falls team.

Olmsted Falls was represented by Jake Dahlinger, Ben Meredyk, and team captain Joey Calabrase, whose efforts won him 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.  Very able but strongly outscored in the final rounds was the Lake Ridge team consisting of Trixie Yoo, Ryan Rosu, and team captain Anjali Probhakaran.

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

Both teams aced the first round of questions, and reached an 80-80  tie score after the second, the often challenging Current Events round.   In the first buzzer round, Olmsted Falls lurched to a 40-point lead giving answers on an “old” theme:  Old Dominion, Old Testament, Old North Church, etc.

In the multi-clue fourth round a correct answer to the first clue yields fifty points and a final clue provides only ten.   Falls dominated the round, as Dahlinger scored 50 by identifying the Swiss legend of William Tell on the first clue, followed by 40-point scores from each of this teammates (naming Sojourner Truth and Mother Theresa).   Meredyk then scored 30 on the remaining two items, Tibet, and the city of St. Louis which, oddly, proved the most difficult item in the round.

Falls had a commanding lead entering the final round and only increased its lead, nearly doubling its tally to achieve the highest score of the season.  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, sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday. The schedule of programs is below.

The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Erin Stanton is the advisor for Olmsted Falls and Justin Schaefer advises the Lake Ridge 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.  Additional credits are awarded to schools when 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)

2/19  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   “Wildcard competition” –second chance for the two highest-scoring losing teams

4/2  Playoff between the two lowest-scoring winning teams

4/9 through May: quarterfinals, semifinals & 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 Olmsted Falls High School, left to right, Jake Dahlinger, Joey Calabrase, and Ben Meredyk, were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

The academic team from Lake Ridge Academy, is represented by, left to right, Trixie Yoo, Anjali Prabhakaran, and Ryan Rosu.  They were heard on the Scholastic Games quiz on WEOL Radio (AM 930).

Joey Calabrase, right, 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).