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March 2, 2020

20-02 News Release: Avon HS vs. Lake Ridge Academy

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FOR RELEASE: FEB. 5, 2020 – Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021


 One question made the difference in the outcome of this week’s Scholastic Games radio quiz.  In the program, which will welcome academic teams from sixteen Lorain County high schools in this, its 30th season, Lake Ridge Academy defeated Avon by a score of 300 to 290.  Avon, this year’s defending champion school, ended the contest with an extraordinarily high losing score, making the team likely to become a wildcard team with a second chance at the playoffs.  Likewise, the strong Lake Ridge team was held to what might have been a much higher winning score.  The program, usually presented Monday evenings, was heard on WEOL (AM 930 and 100.3 FM) on Tuesday, February 4th.

Lake Ridge was represented by Alex Masgras, team captain Ryan Rosu, and John Harrington, who was awarded the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, an honor given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.

Harrington, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

The near-winners on the Avon team were Sam Golik, Connor Smith, and captain Jacob Boesger.  The teams ended the first round of questions with a near-perfect 50-50 tie, followed by the Current Events round, which ended with a 10-point edge for Lake Ridge.

Round three is the first “buzzer round” in which the team with quicker answers has the advantage.  It’s ten questions on the theme of the world’s mountains ended with the biggest lead of the game, a 40-point advantage for Lake Ridge.

The next round, often the turning point of these contests, actually brought the scores closer together.  Round Four 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.   A fifty-point clue about Havana brought a quick buzz from Lake Ridge with an incorrect answer, followed by a 20-point score by Boesger for Avon.  Lake Ridge’s Rosu bounced back with a correct 50-point answer, identifying Neil Armstrong from one clue about his Ohio roots and interest in aviation.  Then it was three more correct answers for Avon’s Boesger, including fifty points for naming the Chinese Exclusion Act, ending the round with a 220 to 200 lead for Avon entering the final round with the team’s first lead.

The final round was a quick volley of questions, including deducted points for wrong answers and bonus questions for correct ones.  By the closing bell, Lake Ridge had scored thirty points more than Avon to eke out a ten-point victory and an automatic advance to the playoffs.

Upcoming programs will heard on mostly Monday nights between 6 and 7 p.m., with occasional variations due to live sports coverage on WEOL.   Many of the programs will be repeated on Friday evenings at the same time.  Here is the schedule:

2/10  Avon Lake vs. Elyria High

2/17  Midview vs. North Ridgeville

2/24   Sheffield Brookside vs. Firelands

3/2     Oberlin vs. Olmsted Falls

3/9   Elyria Catholic vs. Wellington

3/16  Clearview vs. Keystone

3/23 through May: Elimination Playoffs & Championship

The season will conclude in May with the broadcast’s annual county championship.  Playoffs will include all winning teams and the highest-scoring runner-up teams, returning as “wildcards.”

Sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County, the quiz enjoys continued sponsorship from Nordson Corporation, as well as long-term support from funds of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, the Nord Family Foundation and the Community West Foundation.   Philanthropic funds supporting the program this year include the Alfred T. Askew Fund, the Mercedes Campana Memorial Fund, the Ruth and Ted Jacobs Fund, the Miclat Family Fund and the Stocker Foundation Fund.

Area high schools have provided necessary support for the teams, including at least one faculty advisor assigned to each.  The Elyria Public Library System has been sponsoring the program on WEOL and providing venue space for program sessions for several years.  Programs are also being hosted this year by the Hampton Inn and Suites of Elyria.

Area colleges and universities participate by providing $1000 tuition credit awards for allocation by participating high schools .  There are collectively thirty-seven such awards this year from the University of Findlay, Lorain County Community College, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, Heidelberg University, John Carroll University, Lake Erie College, Tiffin University and Notre Dame College of Ohio.  The majority of these institutions have supported the quiz since its outset.

A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Akron and Cleveland, the program’s host and 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 filled a similar role with Cleveland’s WCLV-FM for over twenty years.  He is recipient of a 2019 President’s Award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters.  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.

BROADCAST ON AM 930 – WEOL – By Jim Mehrling, MEHRLING STUDIOS, BEREA, OH, 44017-2449


The Academic team from Lake Ridge Academy, left to right, John Harrington, Ryan Rosu, and Alex Masgras, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

The Academic team from defending champion Avon High School, left to right, Sam Golik, Jacob Boesger, and Connor Smith, competing in the Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM)

John Harrington, left, of Lake Ridge Academy, was the “Standout Scholar” award winner in this week’s Scholastic Games quiz program on WEOL Radio (AM 930/100.3FM).  He is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling.

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