After a five-round tie, Lake Ridge Academy found the upper hand in Scholastic Games sudden death overtime Friday to best Firelands 270-260.
The loss put the Falcons down but not out of the radio quiz season — the team is now in the running for a playoffs wildcard.
The Lake Ridge team consisted of Julia Bouzaher, Joshua Lacoste, and Katelynn Mihu. Firelands was represented by Katie Iwanek, Julia Ohle, and Ryan Martin.
Though Lake Ridge won the day, Martin was selected by scorekeepers and advisors to receive the Standout Scholar Award of $50. It is given to the academic competitor who contributes most to his or her team.
It was the second such win for Martin, who also received the award last year.
The program, featured on WEOL AM 930, is comprised of five rounds, during which students field questions covering history, science, arts, literature, and other academic disciplines.
Continuing a 25-year tradition, each participating school receives a $1,000 tuition credit to be given to a deserving student that 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.
The Scholastic Games are sponsored by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County with foundation support.
Courtesy photo The academic team from Firelands High School includes Katie Iwanek, Julia Ohle, and Ryan Martin.