This week quarterfinal eliminations began on the Scholastic Games of Lorain County, the radio quiz program (on WEOL, AM 930) featuring academic teams from Lorain County high schools. Avon became the first school to advance to the semifinal level with a decisive 550 to 250 point victory Wednesday over Lake Ridge Academy. The semifinals and county championship will be in May as weekly broadcasts continue Tuesday evenings from 6:05 to 7 p.m.
Quarterfinalist teams to be heard in the coming weeks include Elyria High School, Elyria Catholic High School, Avon Lake, Oberlin High and Vermilion. The eighth quarterfinalist will be determined on next week’s program (on April 5th) in a competition between Keystone, the winning team with the lowest score in early competition (250 points), and Firelands, the remaining “wildcard” team, which achieved the highest losing score of the year (260 points).
On this week’s program, Avon was represented by Brian Lee, Ryan McRowe, and team captain Pete Stamatis, who was named recipient of the weekly “Standout Scholar Award,” a $50 prize given to the student judged by scorekeepers to have contributed the most to his or her team. It was his second such award this year, in addition to two last year, putting him on the program’s “honor roll” of multiple winners. The Lake Ridge team consisted of Julia Bouzaher, Joshua Lacoste, and team captain Rowena Kobrak. Kobrak is also a past winner of the Standout award.
Avon started Tuesdays program with a 20 point lead after each of the first two rounds of questions. Round three is the first “buzzer round,” which gives an advantage to quicker responses, and Avon increased its lead to 60 points. Round Four features successions of clues that can win a team up to 50 points for a single answer. Both teams did well, with both teams scoring 40 and 50-point responses, but Avon remained in the lead and the team continued to outscore their opponents in the final round for a solid victory, the second-highest score of the entire season.
The teams are guided by faculty advisors. Avon’s advisor is Mr. Todd Sayers and Mr. Justin Schaefer advises the Lake Ridge team. Continuing a 25-year tradition, each participating school will receive a $1000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student who will attend an area 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, Ohio Wesleyan, Oberlin College, Ursuline College, Ashland University, Case Western Reserve, Heidelberg, John Carroll, Notre Dame College of Ohio, and Tiffin University, many of which have participated in this program for a number of years.
UPCOMING PROGRAMS ON WEOL (AM 930):
TUESDAYS, 6:06 p.m. (except when sports games delay the quiz to Tuesday, same time) This schedule is slightly revised from those previously published.
4/5 Playoff for Quarterfinalist slot: Keystone vs. Firelands (wildcard)
4/12 Second Quarterfinal: Winner of 4/5 program vs. Oberlin
4/19 Third Quarterfinal: Elyria Catholic vs. Elyria
4/26 Fourth Quarterfinal: Avon Lake vs. Vermilion
5/3 to 5/17 – Semifinals & Championship