Scholastic Games Archived radio high school quiz programs

March 23, 2020

20-08 News Release – Clearview vs. Keystone & beyond

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021

(Program of Mar. 16, 2020 and beyond)


The Scholastic Games radio quiz on WEOL (AM 930/FM 100.3), which features academic teams from area high schools, completed more than half of its season prior to the closing of schools in the wake of the novel corona virus. The last two of these already-completed programs will be the broadcasts of March 30th and April 6th. Playoffs to determine schools for the program’s thirtieth annual academic championship may or may not be completed in the weeks to come.

Program producer Jim Mehrling says, “There are too many variables to make a determination right now. We’re glad all sixteen schools have had an opportunity to compete at least once and we’ll just have to see what happens. In any event, we’ll keep the programs going each week, possibly with some of the outstanding competitions of the past, and there were a lot of them.” WEOL radio, which has broadcast the program each school year since 1989, plans to continue the broadcast most Monday and Friday evenings from 6:05 to 7 p.m. through Memorial Day.

In the final competition of the first series of programs, Lorain’s Clearview High School scored a rare come-from-behind victory, achieving a slim 230 to 220 win over Lagrange’s Keystone High on last week’s broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3).

Suprun, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling

The Clearview team consisted of Thomas Rivera, Caitlin McComas, and team captain Nathaniel Suprun, who won the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, a $50 award given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  (The photo was taken prior to advisories issued during the corona virus crisis).  The final score of this contest completed the determination of teams qualified for playoff eliminations for this year’s championship.

Representing Keystone High were Tristan Magel, Noah Weaver, and team captain Serena Owens. Keystone led in scoring through most of the competition, beginning with a 50 to 30 lead after the first round, with “T” answers ranging from tachometer to Tasmania. Current Events followed and Keystone widened its lead to 40 points. The third round of questions is the first of the “buzzer rounds,” giving an advantage to the quicker team. Clearview won the round, which narrowed Keystone’s lead to 20 points.

The fourth round is often the make-or-break-it point, a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues. Clearview scored with two 40-point answers, both by Suprun, for Eric the Red (after Keystone’s 50-point try was Lief Ericson) and for clues describing the submarine. Keystone’s Magel scored 40 from two clues about the Battle of Trafalgar plus 30 after three clues identifying the city of Venice. This netted ten more points for Clearview, narrowing Keystone’s lead to only ten points.

In the final round of tossup and bonus questions, scoring continued to be fairly evenly divided. It is the only round in which points are lost for incorrect answers, and both teams were adding and subtracting points, as well as skipping a number of questions. The lead was uncertain up to the final gong, but when the timekeeper sounded it, Clearview had slightly more than covered Keystone’s lead to win by ten points, the narrowest of margins.

Clearview’s winning score, on this last competition of the preliminary round of team matchups is one of the season’s lowest, requiring the team to play another lowest-scoring winning team. That competition against Brookside High School, will be broadcast on March 30th following the airing of the first quarterfinal on March 23rd

Upcoming programs will continue to be heard on mostly Monday nights between 6 and 7 p.m. Some programs may be moved to Tuesdays due to live sports coverage on WEOL. Many will be repeated on Friday evenings in the same time period.

Here is the schedule:

3/23, 27 -First Quarterfinal: Avon Lake vs. Vermilion (already recorded)

3/30, 4/3 -Playoff: Brookside vs. Clearview—winner to quarterfinals (recorded)

4/6, 10   -Second Quarterfinal: Elyria Catholic vs. North Ridgeville (recorded)

Tentative remaining competitions:

  • Wildcard: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls (highest-scoring losing teams)—winner to quarterfinals
  • Third Quarterfinal: Winners from Brookside-Clearview, and Avon- Olmsted Falls contests
  • Fourth Quarterfinal: Lake Ridge vs. Oberlin
  • Semifinals & Championship normally follow but the top team may be determined by scores from earlier competitions.

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. Remaining shows, if they occur, will be recorded at the library main branch. Programs were also hosted this year by the Hampton Inn and Suites of Elyria.

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 colleges and universities participate by providing $1000 tuition credit awards for allocation by participating high schools . There will be up to 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.

Produced by Mehrling Studios; telephone 440-234-6021 (leave message)

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