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News Release 08 Brookside vs. Clearview (Wildcards)

FOR  RELEASE MAR. 20, 2019

3/19/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


Lorain’s Clearview High School was victorious in the first of the championship elimination rounds of the Scholastic Games radio quiz. The show, a weekly program that spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools, provided a 290 to 230 victory over Sheffield Brookside in Tuesday’s broadcast on WEOL (AM 930). Clearview will advance to the program’s quarterfinals in the coming weeks with playoff eliminations continuing until the program’s twenty-ninth county championship in May. Other teams in the playoffs are listed in the schedule below.

Suprun, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Representing Clearview on this week’s program were Sierra Hitchens, Thomas Rivera, and team captain Nathaniel Suprun, who won for a second time the program’s “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. Suprun won the award on last week’s program, the last competition of the preliminary round, in which he led the team to one of the highest losing scores of the year, earning wildcard status and a return this week. Hitchins and Rivera competed on Scholastic Games for the first time this week.

Representing Brookside, the other wildcard competitor, were Dakota Rabineau, Kassie Brooks, and team captain Lucia Morello, all returning players from their previous appearance.   Rabineau was a “Standout” winner on one of last year’s programs.

The first round, with questions ranging from literature to science to geography, gave a big head start to Clearview, scoring a perfect 60 points, including the double-score “plus points” question. By luck of the draw, Brookside scored only 20 points on more difficult questions. The usually challenging Current Events round yielded an additional 50 points for both teams, a perfect score for Brookside but still a lead for Clearview.

The first of the buzzer rounds had a theme of communications milestones. Neither team added a lot of points but Clearview added 20 points to its lead. However, it was in the fourth round in which Clearview assured its victory. It 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.   Morello scored with two ten point answers from difficult successions of clues about Pythagoras and President Buchanan, but Suprun added points with three answers, 30 points each for Fargo and the Berlin Airlift, and 20 for the Russian city of St. Petersburg.

With Clearview’s 120-point lead going into the final round, the team was victorious in spite of Brookside outscoring the team in the final round by sixty points.   Clearview will now advance to the quarterfinals next month. The program, sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support, will continue to be heard on Monday or Tuesday evenings (6:05 to 7 p.m.) with two schools in competition each week. Here is the schedule:

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

3/25 (Monday) Quarterfinal #1: North Ridgeville vs. Lake Ridge Academy

4/2  (Tuesday) Quarterfinal #2: Avon HS vs. Oberlin HS

4/8 (Monday) Wildcard #2: Amherst Steele vs. Avon Lake

(this playoff determines last of the quarterfinalists)

4/15 (Monday) Quarterfinal #3: Elyria vs. Olmsted Falls

4/22 (Monday) Quarterfinal #4: Clearview vs. either Amherst or Avon Lake

4/29-5/20: Semifinals and Championship broadcasts

The teams are guided by faculty advisors, Mr. Joseph Strader for the Clearview team and Ms. Lisa Rutger for Brookside. 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 Ohio 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.