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News Release 09 (QF) Lake Ridge Acad. vs. North Ridgeville

FOR   RELEASE MAR. 26, 2019

3/25/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


 The Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program that spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools, began its quarterfinal competitions this week.  Lake Ridge Academy scored a 370 to 310 victory over North Ridgeville High School on Monday’s broadcast on WEOL (AM 930).  In what scorers facetiously called the “battle of the ridges,” it was the first time the two North Ridgeville institutions had competed against one another on the long-running quiz show, with both teams performing respectably.

Rosu, right, is congratulated by program producer Jim Mehrling

Representing Lake Ridge on this week’s program were John Harrington, Sparsh Balabadrapatruni, and team captain Ryan Rosu, 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.  With this victory, Lake Ridge becomes the first team to advance to this year’s quarterfinals in May.  Other upcoming playoffs are listed in the schedule below.

Representing North Ridgeville High, the second quarterfinalist team consisted of Aidan Cunningham, Jonah Fechner, and team captain Emily Hiles.  Both teams were the same individuals who represented their schools in previous competitions.   Both teams ended the first round of questions with equal 50-point scores but Lake Ridge ended the second, the Current Events Round, with a 110 to 80 point lead.  The third was the first buzzer round, giving an advantage to the quicker team, and North Ridgeville outscored there, narrowing the Lake Ridge lead to 20 points.

It was the fourth round in which Lake Ridge achieved victory, however, winning the race to the buzzer several times.  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.   Balabadrapatruni was first to score with 30 points when he identified the scientist John Dalton.  Rosu scored three times, naming Charles Dickens for 30, the state of Missouri for 40 (when he heard the date of the Dred Scott decision), and 20 for the artist Van Gogh.  North Ridgeville’s only score was by Hiles, who identified the field of anesthesiology from the mention of nitrous oxide in the 30-point clue.

With a lead of more than 100 points entering the final round, it meant victory for Lake Ridge despite the fact that North Ridgeville outscored the team in the final round by 50 points.  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:

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  (Monday)  Final Four Preview Special

5/6-5/20: Semifinals and Championship broadcasts

The teams are guided by faculty advisors, Mr. Justin Schaefer for the Lake Ridge team and Mr. Sam Rufener for North Ridgeville.  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 College, 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.