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News Release 04 Brookside vs. Lake Ridge Acad.

FOR  RELEASE FEB. 20, 2019

2/19/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program which spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools, continued this Tuesday on WEOL (AM 930).   It was a decisive victory for Lake Ridge Academy over Sheffield’s Brookside High School, but not without challenge, ending with a score of 380 to 270. Brookside’s score is the highest of the season so far, giving the team the possibility of entering championship playoffs as a “wildcard team.”

Rosu, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling

Lake Ridge was represented by John Harrington, Sparsh Balabadrapatruni and team captain Ryan Rosu, 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. Brookside’s team consisted of Kassie Brooks, Dakota Rabineau, and team captain Lucia Morello. Interestingly, it was not only a private school versus a public school but an all male team opposing an all female team.

In the first round, basically a warm up, ended with a ten point advantage for Lake Ridge, but Brookside outscore them in the often challenging current events round and tied the score. From that point on, however, Lake Ridge took the lead and sustained it to the end.

The fourth round is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues, ending with a final clue worth ten points.   All five items were answered. Brookside scored ten points on challenging geography clues, identifying Arkansas only from the final clue that made reference to Bill Clinton, and Singapore, also after hearing all clues.

Lake Ridge scored on three biographical topics. As it was the Presidents’ Day program, two of them were presidents. Rosu scored 30 identifying Millard Fillmore, and then Harrington scored 10 for Eisenhower from a final clue about his leadership of the Army in World War II. The biggest score in the round was Rosu’s 40 points on an early clue about Joan of Arc. The fourth round scoring accounted for most of the difference in the final tally, as both teams did nearly equally well in the final round.

The program is near the midpoint of the first round of programs, in which six more Lorain County high schools will compete before playoffs begin for the Scholastic Games’ 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 two schools in competition each week. The schedule is below.

Upcoming programs, to be broadcast on Mondays, except as noted:

2/25 Columbia vs. Elyria (special start time of 5 p.m.)

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, Justin Schaefer for the Lake Ridge team and Lisa Rutger for the Brookside 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.