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News Release 13 Avon Lake vs. Clearview (QF)

FOR  RELEASE APR. 23, 2019 – 4/22/19 CONTACT: Jim Mehrling (


The Scholastic Games radio quiz, a weekly program which spotlights academic teams from Lorain County high schools, completed its quarterfinals on Monday’s broadcast on WEOL (AM 930). The academic team from Avon Lake High School dominated scoring against Lorain’s Clearview High School, ending with a score of 500 to 80, the highest winning score of the season. The win made Avon Lake the fourth semifinalist leading up to program’s twenty-ninth annual county championship. The other surviving schools include Lake Ridge Academy, Avon High School, and Elyria High School, which will face Avon Lake in the first semifinal to be aired on May 6th. Broadcasts are heard mostly on Mondays from 6:05 to 7 p.m.

McNeill, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

Representing Avon Lake were Irwin Deng, Emmet Fink, and team captain Connor McNeill, who won his second “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given by the program to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team. The Clearview team included Sierra Hitchens, Thomas Rivera, and team captain Nathaniel Suprun, who was a “Standout” winner earlier this year.

The Avon Lake team got off to an early lead, with a perfect 50-point score in the first round to Clearview’s 30 points. The teams did equally well in the often challenging Current Events round, with Avon Lake maintaining its lead. The third round is the first in which buzzers are used, giving an advantage to a team with quicker answers, and this was where Avon Lake began to truly dominate. The team picked up a fifty point lead in that round, increased it to over 100 in round four, and it was a runaway in the final round

Next week’s Scholastic Games program will present highlights of earlier programs featuring all four of the semifinalists and the three final programs of the season will follow, with the championship to be broadcast on May 20th.   Here are the upcoming programs, to be broadcast on Mondays at the times indicated.

4/29, 6:05 p.m., Special Final-Four Preview Highlights Program

5/6, 5 p.m., Semifinal: Avon vs. Lake Ridge Academy

5/13, 6:05 p.m., Semifinal: Avon Lake vs. Elyria

5/20 , 5 p.m., CHAMPIONSHIP

The teams are guided by faculty advisors, Ryan Smylie for the Avon Lake team and 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 MemorialCharitable 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 recipient of the 2019 Presidents Award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, the program’s producer, Jim Mehrling, is a veteran in the field. 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.