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News Release 03 Avon vs. Midview

FOR  RELEASE FEB. 12, 2019

2/12/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program which spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools, continued this Monday on WEOL (AM 930).   Quick scoring in buzz-in rounds gave a strong 430 to 120 point win to Avon over Midview this week, surpassing Oberlin’s opening week 410 point win.

Stamatis, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling

Avon was represented by Jacob Boesger, Connor Smith and team captain Alex Stamatis, 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. Counting his visits to the program over the past two years, it is his sixth such award, the same number won by his older brother Nick, who graduated in 2016. The all-time record for “Standout” awards to an individual student is eight.

Midview’s team consisted of team captain Kristin Prunty, Zachery Deering, and Joel Greenly.   The first round, with “R” answers ranging from Justice Rehnquist to Rumplestiltskin to the Rhine river, ended in a near-perfect tie score. The second round, dealing in current events, was where Avon moved ahead in scoring, to an 80 t0 50 lead. The third round was the first in which buzzers were used, and with Stamatis taking the lead, quicker answers were what lengthened the team’s lead until the end of the final round.

In weeks to come, at least fourteen of Lorain County’s public and private high schools will have competed, leading up to the broadcast’s annual county championship. Winning teams are all asked to return for playoffs, with highest-scoring teams getting a bye to quarter finals. The highest-scoring losing teams will also have second chances as “wildcard teams.” The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will continue to be heard most Monday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with some exceptions such as next week’s program, airing on Tuesday. The schedule is below.

2/18 (Tuesday) Brookside vs. Lake Ridge Academy

2/25 Columbia vs. Elyria

3/4 Avon Lake vs. Olmsted Falls

3/12 (Tuesday) Clearview vs. North Ridgeville

3/19 (Tuesday) Wildcard Competition (teams to be announced)

The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Mr.Todd Sayers is the advisor for the Avon team; Mr. Michael Filipiak advises the Midview team. Continuing a 28-year tradition, each participating school will be assigned 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, Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College of Ohio, the University of Findlay, 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 the charter sponsor, the 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, the Ridge Tool Company Fund, and the Bowers Family Fund. The Elyria Hampton Inn and Suites provided the recording venue for Monday’s program and following broadcast, and will 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, a part of the Ideastream public broadcasting organization. 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.