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News Release 07 Clearview vs. North Ridgeville


3/11/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


It was another competition in which both teams qualified for playoffs this week on the Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program that spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools. Tuesday’s broadcast on WEOL (AM 930) brought a 290 to 250 point win for program’s North Ridgeville High School, but opponents from Clearview High in Lorain qualified as a wildcard team, which gives them a second chance to advance to the quarterfinals. The program marks the end of the first series of competitions, with playoff eliminations beginning next week. Qualifying teams are in the schedule below.

Representing North Ridgeville on this week’s program were Aidan Cunningham, Jonah Fechner, and team captain Emily Hiles. Clearview’s team consisted of Tahj Alkassem, Camryn Milburt,

Suprun, right, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

and team captain Nathaniel Suprun, 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. It is unusual for the Standout not to be on the winning team, but Suprun’s persistent efforts turned the tables on this week’s show.

North Ridgeville began with a flawless performance in the first round, earning a maximum 60 points with the added luck of answering the double-scoring “plus points” question. Clearview missed only one question in the first round and outscored Ridgeville in the second, the often challenging Current Events round, but still trailed by ten points entering the “buzzer rounds” which give an advantage to teams with quicker answers. The third round, in which questions ranged from history to music to mythology, saw the teams performing equally, meaning the ten point lead was maintained by North Ridgeville.

It was the fourth round that yielded Ridgeville what turned out to be an insurmountable lead. 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.   The biggest score of the round was Cunningham’s 30 points when he identified John Philip Sousa from a clue that mentioned his association with both music and the Marines. Hiles added 20, answering San Diego after a couple of California city clues and a third that mentioned its famous zoo. Clearview’s only score in that round was 20 points from Suprun when the third clue about Richard Nixon mentioned he had been a vice president.

North Ridgeville entered and completed the final round with a 40-point lead, remaining ahead of Clearview to score its win. This week’s mix of questions worked to Ridgeville’s advantage, but as both teams continue, it will be Clearview that will return first, as the first wildcard playoff will be broadcast next week. North Ridgeville’s return will be in the first quarterfinal the following week. Winning teams and highest-scoring losing teams will participate in elimination rounds until the Scholastic Games 29th annual county academic championship in May.

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:

3/19 (Tuesday) Wildcard Competition: Clearview vs. Sheffield Brookside

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: Two from among Brookside, Clearview, Amherst, and Avon Lake (the winners of the above listed playoffs)

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

The teams are guided by faculty advisors, Mr. Sam Rufener for the North Ridgeville team and Mr. Joseph Strader for the Clearview 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 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.