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April 18, 2020

20-10 News Release – Playoff: Brookside vs. Clearview

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Contact: Jim Mehrling 440-234-6021  (Program of Mar. 30, Apr. 3, 2020)


For the first time, Sheffield’s Brookside High School has qualified for quarterfinals on the Scholastic Games radio quiz broadcast with a 280 to 240 defeat of Lorain Clearview.  The weekly series, broadcast (on WEOL AM930 and FM100.3), presents two area high schools each week.  The irony is that for the first time in the program’s 30-year history, the quarterfinals may not be completed.  One more program remains to be aired from those prerecorded prior to school closings precipitated by the novel corona virus.  If production cannot be resumed, rebroadcasts of outstanding past competitions will be aired, and a champion will be determined based on earlier winning scores.

The Brookside team consisted of Nico Morello, team captain Lucia Morello, and Kassie Brooks,

Brooks, left, is congratulated by program host Jim Mehrling. Program & photo were made prior to COVID-19 directives.

who won the program’s weekly “Standout Scholar” award, a $50 prize given to the student judged to have contributed the most to his or her team.  Representing Clearview High were Tahj Alkassem, Thomas Rivera, and team captain Nathaniel Suprun, who won the Standout award earlier this year.

The “initial round,” with answers that started with “F” from fyords to furlongs to scientists like Fermi, started Brookside with a strong 30-point lead.  Both teams did well in the Current Events Round, but Brookside’s rarely-achieved perfect score strengthened the team’s lead.  The third round of questions is the first of the “buzzer rounds,” giving an advantage to the quicker team. The theme here was 20th century U.S. presidents with Clearview scoring a clear victory, narrowing Brookside’s lead to only ten points, a one-answer difference.

The fourth round is a multi-clue series in which a correct answer to a first clue yields fifty points, with diminishing point values for additional clues.  Suprun’s 30-point answer to clues about Stalingrad brought Clearview into the lead for the first time.  He scored the most of anyone in the round with another 30-pointer when he identified Gibraltar.  Brookside bounced back when Lucia Morello scored 20 points, naming the state of Illinois, and 30 more naming Mao Tse Tung from facts about his early life.  Brooks added ten identifying composer Giuseppe Verdi.

It was a rare fourth round where the two teams scored an equal number of points, maintaining a ten point advantage for Brookside entering the final round.  In the final round of tossup and bonus questions Brookside outscored their opponents by thirty points, achieving the team’s biggest lead by the final bell, and a victory making the school a quarterfinalist.

Scholastic Games programs will continue to be heard Mondays with some repeats on Fridays, all broadcasts to be between 6:05 and 7 p.m.  It is uncertain whether recording sessions can be held to complete playoffs to determine the program’s thirtieth annual county academic champion this year.  There is one more already-recorded program, the second quarterfinal between Elyria Catholic and North Ridgeville to be heard on Monday, April 6th.

Competitions to be heard starting on April 13 will include outstanding previous programs with the possibility of additional earned playoffs in this year’s competitions:

  • Wildcard: Avon vs. Olmsted Falls (highest-scoring losing teams afforded a second chance at playoffs)
  • Third Quarterfinal: Brookside vs. winner of Avon-Olmsted Falls
  • Fourth Quarterfinal: Lake Ridge vs. Oberlin

If additional playoffs cannot be held, a champion may be named based on winning scores from earlier competitions among quarterfinal and quarterfinal-qualified schools.

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.  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.

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.


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