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News Release 8/3/18 Brookside-Midview

FOR RELEASE:  APR.  3, 2018   CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


In a competition that began with two rounds with tied scores, Midview emerged as a quarterfinalist, defeating  Brookside by a score of 290 to 210.  The Scholastic Games radio quiz airs each week on WEOL radio (AM 930), and Monday’s broadcast was the final elimination match prior to the program’s quarterfinals leading up to the show’s twenty-seventh annual academic championship in May.

Dummitt, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Midview was represented by team captain Jillian Plas, Gavin Maziarz, and Richard Dummitt, who was voted to receive his second “Standout Scholar Award,”  a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team each week.  The Brookside panel consisted of  captain Sylvester Rabineau, Lucia Morello and Dominic Martin.

The first round ended with 50 to 50 tie, with Brookside correctly answering every question, and Midview missing one, but scoring on a randomly-placed “plus points” question.  The teams then answered an equal number of questions in a challenging Current Events Round, maintaining a tie score.  The third round was the first buzzer round, giving an advantage to the quicker team.  In that round, with a theme focused on history of the last century, the Midview team surged to a 140 to 90 lead.

The fourth is a multi-clue round in which an answer on the first clue yields fifty points, the second forty and so forth, with the fifth and final clue yielding only ten.   Two sets of clues, one concerning the Jay Treaty in early U.S. history and the other about the development of alphabets,  stumped both teams.  The biggest score of the round was 40 points by Dummit, identifying the Wright Brothers from a clue mentioning the location of their “achievement” was selected on advice from the weather bureau.   Brookside scored two 30-point answers, both from Morello, for clues about Helen Keller and the Native American leader Tecumseh.  It narrowed Midview’s lead, but led by Dummitt, the team significantly outscored their opponents in the final round to secure the victory.

With this result, the quarterfinalists are all determined, and the schedule of playoffs is as follows:

BROADCASTS ON MONDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games move the quiz to later in the week). There is often a rebroadcast on Friday at 6:06 if scheduling permits

4/9  First Quarterfinal: Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls

4/16  Second Quarterfinal: Elyria vs. Avon Lake

4/23  Third Quarterfinal:  Avon vs. Firelands

4/30  Fourth Quarterfinal: Midview vs. North Ridgeville

May 7, 14, 21: Semifinals & 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.), sometimes with rebroadcasts the following Friday.  The teams are guided by faculty advisors.  Michael Filipiak is the advisor for Midview and the Brookside advisor is Lisa Rutger.  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 such 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 these have participated in the 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 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.