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Appalachian State men's basketball dropped a 82-81 overtime decision at Arkansas State in a Sun Belt road contest on Thursday evening.

App State (5-14, 0-6 SBC) opened up a 36-18 first half lead, only to see a late run by the Red Wolves (9-11, 3-4 SBC) cut its lead to 43-34 at the break.

In the second half, Arkansas State continued to chip away at the Mountaineer lead and jumped in front 65-64 with 3:24 left to play. The Red Wolves pushed their lead up to 70-64, before two three-pointers from Ronshad Shabazz tied the score at 70-70. An Arkansas State three-point attempt at the buzzer was not good, sending the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Tyrell Johnson put the Black and Gold in front with the first two points. Arkansas State answered with the next five points, before the Mountaineers answered with the next four points to open a 76-75 lead with 1:41 to play.

Arkansas State took the lead back with a trey, only to see App State get an old-fashioned three-point play from Isaac Johnson with 1:10 left to play to take a 79-78 advantage. Arkansas State drew an intentional foul on Justin Forrest to take an 80-79 lead with 41 seconds left. The Red Wolves also received the ball but could not score and Ronshad Shabazz forced a turnover. His shot for the lead missed and Canberk Kus of Arkansas State grabbed the rebound. He was fouled on the play by O'Showen Williams, but Kus was also called for a technical foul.

The Red Wolves were given two free throws and Tristin Walley stepped to the line and drained both freebies. App State also received two free throws and Shabazz drained both attempts to make the score 82-81 in favor of Arkansas State with 0.9 seconds left. The Mountaineers also were given the ball due to the technical foul. The ensuing inbound pass by the Black and Gold was deflected and a desperation three by App State was no good, giving Arkansas State the one-point victory.

Forrest paced the Mountaineers with a team-high 24 points, including a season-best six three-pointers, to go along with a team-high four assists. Shabazz added 22 points and a season-high tying six rebounds.

Off the bench, Tyrell Johnson tallied 13 points and five rebounds. Bennett Holley added eight points and a career-high nine rebounds.

App State finished 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) from the field, while Arkansas State was 31-of-70 (44.3 percent).

The Mountaineers will close out their three-game road trip on Saturday at Little Rock. Tip is set for 4 p.m.

Friday, 25 January 2019 04:01

App State Women's Basketball Wins Again

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Appalachian State University women's basketball (10-7, 4-2 SBC) continued its success at home with a 75-67 triumph over Arkansas State (8-10, 3-4 SBC) on Thursday evening inside the Holmes Center.

Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) registered a game-high 25 points on an efficient 11-of-17 shooting from the field. The redshirt-senior once again came through in the second half with 15 points, highlighted by 11 in the third period. Adding to her stellar performance was a season-high 10 rebounds, which gave the Maiden, N.C. native her first double-double of the season.

The other Mountaineer to score in double figures was Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central), who hit five of her eight field goal attempts en route to 12 points. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) was a force down low on both ends of the floor. The Thomasville, N.C. native snagged a game-best 15 rebounds with eight points and a season-high four blocks. Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) dished her way to a game-high eight assists with eight points.

For a third straight game, the defense held the opposing team's best player in check. This time it was Peyton Martin, who came into the game averaging a team-high 15.0 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting from the field. Martin tied a season low with six points on 2-of-9 shooting from the floor thanks to the stingy App defense.

App got off to a slow with the Red Wolves holding a 7-2 lead in the first 4:23 of the period. Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) got the Black and Gold going as she scored seven of her nine points in the frame, including five straight points during a 7-0 surge that gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the contest, 9-7.

After Arkansas State took a 12-10 lead with 2:54 left in the period, Appalachian hit its final four shots of the quarter during an 8-2 burst to go into the second frame with an 18-14 advantage.

Gosnell got the hosts going with a layup to push the lead to six, 20-14. However, Arkansas State went on a 9-0 run over the next 3:36 to take a 23-20 lead with 5:15 left in the second stanza. After coach Elderkin called a timeout, App State responded in a big way with a 15-3 run to close out the half.

Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) started the push with back-to-back buckets on a run that saw App score on seven straight possessions to go into the locker room with a 35-28 lead.

The Red Wolves closed the gap to just three points, 35-32, in the early moments of the third period. On the ensuing end, Polacek found Plummer in the paint for a bucket. From there, App slowly grew its lead thanks to Story's 11 points. Story at one point scored seven straight points to push the lead into single digits. Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) later canned one of her two trifectas to give Appalachian a 57-42 advantage late in the quarter.

Arkansas State's Jordan Elder hit a three of her own to bring Appalachian's lead to 57-45 at the end of the frame.

App State never relinquished the lead that it earned in the first half, but Arkansas State made things interesting late in the game. The Red Wolves scored seven quick points after a Wilson 3-pointer to slice the gap to single digits, 72-65. Polacek and Plummer finished the game hitting three of their four free throws in the final 11 seconds to help App seal the win and improve to 8-1 win at home.

Appalachian dominated inside with a season-high 46 points in the paint while shooting 46.9 percent from the field. App State was 26-of-51 for a 50.9 percent clip inside the arc. Despite the Apps shooting 11-of-18 from the field, they shot 7-for-8 from the charity stripe in the second half.

The Mountaineers go into Saturday with more momentum than ever. They'll go up against the defending Sun Belt champions in Little Rock. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

"Obviously, we're excited to have another win under our belt. It was interesting because when we walk into the locker room after a win, generally there is a celebration. I asked them what's a matter, why aren't we celebrating, and their first response was "now it's expected". I thought once again our defense takes their best player out, Peyton Martin. We held her to six points and six rebounds, and that's quite frankly how we've been winning games. Our team buys into our defensive game plan. We challenge our team to get 25 deflections and they get 27 deflections. We challenge our team to continue to be relentless on the boards, and we won the rebounding battle, 45-32. Another big key is that I thought our bench was ready. I thought when the game started, we got into foul trouble and we weathered the storm. I did address the fact that if we wanted to continue to win games, we can't start games missing layups and can't shoot 40 percent from the free throw line. Those will be our areas of focus when we get back together tomorrow." - head coach Angel Elderkin

- Story has scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career.
- Appalachian is 8-2 when she scores in double figures and 7-0 when she reaches at least 10 points with five boards.
- Plummer recorded 15 boards for the sixth time this season.
- She also slid into eighth all-time with 715 career rebounds, passing Karen Robinson (713;1983-87).
- The Mountaineers are 7-6 all-time against the Red Wolves.
- Story led the team with a PER of 26 and tied with Gosnell for a plus/minus of 11.
- The Mountaineers have now held their last three opponents' leading scorers to a combined 11-for-39 from the field for 32 points.
- App State is within one conference victory away from matching last season's total.

The South Atlantic Conference announced its Preseason Poll and its All-Conference selections on Thursday morning, and the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team sits in the No. 1 spot. They tabbed four Bears on the All-Conference First Team.

Lenoir-Rhyne had 71 total votes and seven first place votes while Wingate was second with 66 and two first place picks.

The Bears have two attackers, Joe Buduo and Myles Moffat, a middie Eric Dickinson and a defender Tyler Bane that made the All-SAC First Team.

Buduo, the senior from Shrewsbury, Mass., broke the school record with 62 single-season goals and 91 single-season points. His performance in 2018 earned him 2018 Honorable Mention USILA/Nike All-American accolades and a spot on the All-SAC First Team in the postseason after holding the top scoring spot in the league after his junior campaign.

Moffat, a native of Airdie, Alberta, CANADA, looks to build on an impressive season where he was honored with the title of SAC Freshman of the Year. The attacker was third on the team with 29 goals and 29 assists while making the All-SAC Team in the Honorable Mention spot.

Dickinson, a Charlotte, N.C. native, has been named to the All-Conference Team two years in a row (2017-18). He wrapped up the 2018 season with 40 goals, 16 assists and 22 groundballs with four caused turnovers. Dickinson was tabbed SAC Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Bane, the Warrentown, Va. native, finished his sophomore campaign with the honor of being selected as a member of the All-SAC First Team and was a part of a defensive unit that allowed just over nine goals per game. The LSM played in 19 games last year while retrieving 30 groundballs and causing 13 turnovers.

The foursome of Bears were all named to the 2018 All-SAC First Team and helped lead the Bears to its first NCAA Final Four in program history, which has just been in existence for eight seasons.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces off for the first time in the 2019 season with a match up 'between the bricks' against Limestone College, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

2019 SAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll

Rank     School (First-Place Votes)     Total
1.           Lenoir-Rhyne (7)                    71
2.           Wingate (2)                            66
3.           Queens                                  56
4.           Lincoln Memorial                   52
5.           Catawba                                40
6.           Tusculum                               35
7.           Coker                                     32
8.           Mars Hill                                 28
9.           Newberry                               16

2019 SAC Men's Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference

First Team
A – Joe Buduo, Lenoir-Rhyne
A – Kyle Arcuri, Lincoln Memorial
A – Myles Moffat, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Eric Dickinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Joe Barber, Catawba
MF – Conor Gronbach, Wingate
D – Nick Rizzieri, Queens
D – Ryon Bellamy, Queens
D – Tyler Bane, Lenoir-Rhyne
LP – Griffin Stechmiller, Queens
Spec. – Drew Flack, Queens
GK – Anthony Valenza, Queens

Second Team
A – Dylan Mansur, Newberry
A – Cole Fanzo, Catawba
A – Bobby Padden, Wingate
MF – Robert Tucker, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Alex Llerandi, Wingate
MF – Ethan Irizarry, Coker (T)
MF – Justin Swick, Queens (T)
D – Kyle Dozzi, Mars Hill
D – Brad Chambliss, Newberry
D – Jake Coleman, Queens
LP – Reese Orman, Wingate
Spec. – Wyatt Weiseman, Wingate
GK – Chris Hagy, Coker

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team was picked in the preseason South Atlantic Conference polls to finish tied for first place heading into the 2019 campaign. The Bears also find five of their own on the first and second team all-conference lists, as announced on Thursday morning.

The Bears garnered conference respect heading into 2019 after winning its first regular season SAC Championship and owning an undefeated conference record for the first time in school history. LR also managed to beat Queens last season – a feat nobody else in the conference has been able to accomplish since the Royals joined the SAC.

The SAC sprinkled a list of five women's names throughout the all-conference lists heading into 2019, with three on the first team and two on the second. Attacker Gabby Sousa, Middie Rachel Elmore and Defender Madison Prkna were named to the All-SAC First Team while attacker Cathleen Gaffney and defender Cassie Lafler find themselves listed on the All-SAC Second Team.

Sousa (Delran, N.J.) comes into 2019 after breaking the single season record for goals scored with 64 and tied in the team lead with 76 points overall. Her performance on the field earned her a spot as a junior on the All-SAC First Team.

Elmore (White Plains, Md.) ranked second on the team in goals scored with 52, but ranked first on the team in draw controls (86) and caused turnovers (20). She joined Sousa on the 2018 All-SAC First Team as a midfielder.

Prkna wraps up the trio of Bears named to the preseason All-SAC First Team after shining on the defensive end of the field last year. She was named to the All-SAC Second Team upon the conclusion of the 2018 season. She ranked second on the team in ground balls with 32.

Gaffney, a native of Allentown, Pa., was put on the preseason All-SAC Second Team as an attacker. Her junior season included a single-season record for assists (30) in addition to posting 27 goals and 57 total points.

Lafler, a Penn Yan, N.Y. native, excelled as a freshman in 2018 at the defensive end of the field, earning an Honorable Mention spot on the All-SAC Team last season. She accumulated 20 ground balls, caused 10 turnovers and won eight draw controls.

The Bears meet up with Belmont Abbey on the road to start the 2019 season on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.

First Team

Faith Kent

Hanna Scott

Gabby Sousa

Kendall Wells

Rachel Elmore

Amara Moss

Katie Wardle

Nicole Hunt

Cammy Case

Zoe Zervos

Sierra Street

Madison Prkna

Chase Brokaw


Second Team

Cathleen Gaffney

Kennedy Buechner

Gianna Pezzulo

Katie Barth

Casey Kelly

Rachel Dillon

Juliette Cusano

Allison Conn

Maggie Fabean

Cassie Lafler

Adara Garner

Hailey Sanders

Arion Pierre

2019 SAC Preseason Women's Lacrosse Poll

Rank School Points (1st Place Votes)
T1 Queens 68 (5)
T1 Lenoir-Rhyne 68 (4)
3 Wingate 55
4 Catawba 53
5 Tusculum 43
6 Lincoln Memorial 38
7 Coker 31
8 Mars Hill 22
9 Newberry 18

Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:20

CVCC Men's Basketball Wins Fifth of Last Six Games

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Freshman Cole Johnson scored a career-high 22 points, leading the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team to a 97-85 victory against Wake Tech on Wednesday night at the Tarlton Complex.

With the win, the Red Hawks improve to 15-5 overall and 7-4 in Region X games this season.

In a up-and-down first half that saw CVCC lead by as many as five points and trail by as many as nine points, Catawba Valley gained a 44-43 advantage at halftime. Byron Sanders led the charge for CVCC with nine first-half points, while Johnson added seven points.

Behind a barrage of 3-point shooting and scoring, Catawba Valley used the first 5:39 of the second half to gain a 10-point advantage against Wake Tech. Jordan Powell and Byron Sanders both had five points during the early run.

The Red Hawks would hold that double-digit advantage for a majority of the second half, but the Eagles would close to as little as five points. However, CVCC made six of its 10 3-pointers during the half to extend its advantage and win by 12 points.

Powell record his seventh career double double with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Red Hawks, and Sanders matched Johnson by recording a career-high 18 points.

Tireek Wilder paced Wake Tech (10-9, 9-3) with 18 points, while teammate Jaren Ellerbe added 14 points.

The CVCC men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday at the Tarlton Complex for a home conference contest against Louisburg. Tip off between the Red Hawks and Hurricanes is set for 3 p.m.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:16

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Defeats Catawba

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Basketball Team handed Catawba its third straight loss in an 73-65 Bears victory in South Atlantic Conference battle on Wednesday evening. The Bears held Catawba to 18 points and 23.3 percent shooting in the first half and moved into sole possession for third place in the league standings.

The Bears defense held Catawba 23 points under their scoring average. The Indians boast the highest scoring offense in the league but LR locked them down and held Catawba to its lowest scoring output of the season.

Jon Jean led the Bears in scoring, pouring in 16 points and dishing out five assists. The PG had two steals and went to the free throw line 13 times.

Deontae Weaver grabbed a season-high nine rebounds in his 26 minutes of action. Weaver added six points and three assists.

Jameel Taylor was the leading scorer for Catawba. The guard scored 17 points but turned the ball over five times in the game.

LR held a 25-8 advantage in fast break points and never trailed in the game.

In the 18th game of the season, these two teams came in with identical overall records and identical conference records.

The win is the 35th coaching victory at Lenoir-Rhyne for Head Coach Everick Sullivan.

LR owns the second-best scoring defense in the SAC, allowing just 73.6 points per game.

This was the 205th all-time meeting between these two programs with LR owning the series 113-92.

LR is 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears are back in action on January 30 when they travel to nationally-ranked Queens for an 8 p.m. contest.

The senior duo of Kendall Toineeta and Madi Suddreth shined at home, but the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team fell in South Atlantic Conference action to the Catawba College Indians, 82-74.

Toineeta led all scorers and repeated her season-high in scoring with 25 points. She just missed a double-double, dishing out nine assists to go along with three rebounds, five steals and a block. The senior also was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

Suddreth proved once again to be a key piece on the team, posting yet another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kennedy Weigt continued her hot play of late, hitting four three pointers and scoring 14 points on the night.

Catawba had a trio score in double figures as Anna Gardner put up 18, Talia Barnes scored 17 and Taisha DeShazo added 13 of her own. Shemya Stanbeck was big down low, leading the Indians with 10 boards.

The Bears managed to outshoot the Indians in Shuford Gymnasium, 46.7 percent to 43.3 percent. LR also shot 47.1 percent from long range, making eight of the 17 shots taken from beyond the arc.

Toineeta scored 25 points in two-straight games and tied her season-high in assists as well. She ranks No. 1 in the SAC in assists and averages 5.4 per game.

Suddreth continued to move up the scoring chart and holds the 13th-place in school history. She just needs 58 points to crack the top-10. Wednesday marked her fifth double-double of the season.

Weigt has scored in double figures in four straight, and five of the past seven games.

The Bears are 9-9 overall, 4-6 in South Atlantic Conference play. L-R has the weekend off before hitting the road once again at Queens on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 03:10

CVCC Baseball Ranked a Top 50 Junior College Program

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The Catawba Valley Community College baseball program has been ranked among the top 50 junior college baseball programs in the country by Perfect Game.

This is the first time the Red Hawks baseball program has received this honor, and CVCC is only DII baseball team from Region X in the rankings.

“The Perfect Game acknowledgment was nice in regards to the fact that they look at the whole picture in terms of what you have done and where your players are going — whether that be four-year schools or the MLB Draft,” said CVCC head baseball coach Paul Rozzelle. “Ultimately, that’s what we want to be — a place that allows kids to move on to their dream schools and have a chance to get drafted. We have made huge strides towards that goal in the last five years, and that is in big part due to our administration, but more importantly our outstanding players.”

The Red Hawks are coming off a record-setting 2018 baseball season in which they set program records for wins (42), runs scored (441), RBI (383), home runs (65) and strikeouts by a pitching staff (487).

The CVCC baseball program also had four players selected in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft this past June, including pitcher Julian Smith — the first draft pick directly from CVCC — as well as shortstop Garrison Burress, CVCC signee Zach Hammer and alumni Bryce Hensley.

Before the 2019 season, six Catawba Valley baseball players have already signed with four-year schools, including pitchers Logan Bender (N.C. State), Timothy Davila (North Carolina A&T), Myles White (North Carolina A&T), Trae Starnes (UNC Charlotte), Chase Covington (UNC Charlotte) and Burress (UNC Charlotte).

The Perfect Game rankings were compiled by Brian Sakowski. According to its website, Perfect Game’s mission is to “promote the game of baseball now and in the future by hosting the highest quality amateur events while providing meaningful opportunities and information to players, families, MLB organizations, college coaches, and fans.”

The CVCC baseball team kicks off its 2019 season on Saturday, Feb. 9 in a road doubleheader at USC Union in Union, S.C.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its Preseason All-Southeast Region Teams on Wednesday, and two Lenoir-Rhyne baseball players found their names on the second team list in the form of John Grigg (RHP) and Alex Reynolds (INF).

Grigg, a native of Lawndale, N.C., appeared in 13 games for the Bears in 2018 and posted an earned run average of 3.89 in 69.1 innings pitched. This impressive season earned him First Team All-SAC accolades as he won eight games, including two complete games, one shutout and 73 strikeouts on the year. He limited the batters he faced to hit just .245 against him when he took the mound.

Reynolds, a native of Kings Mountain, N.C., had an impressive junior campaign in 2018, putting him on the All-SAC Honorable Mention Team as a first baseman. During the season, the Bears' first baseman put up impressive numbers at the plate, hitting .358 with 12 doubles, a triple, four home runs and 46 runs batted in. He added 41 runs of his own while showing he is more than reliable defensively in the corner of the infield, limiting himself to just four errors on the year.

This is the second preseason honor bestowed on the duo together prior to the 2019 campaign. Grigg was also named a Southeastern Player to Watch in the region, his third heading into the year.

The Bears start the year with a three game road series at Rollins College Feb. 1-3, 2019 with their first home game being a midweek game against Barton College, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne has been chosen first in the South Atlantic Conference's 2019 preseason softball poll, the league office announced today. The head coaches gave the Bears 10 first-place votes and a total of 110 points.

Coker grabbed the No. 2 slot with 91 points, while reigning tournament champion Carson-Newman earned the final first-place vote for a total of 87 points and earned the No. 3 spot. Wingate placed fourth in the poll with 83 points and Anderson came in at No. 5 with 75 points. Queens landed at No. 6 with 69 points, followed by Newberry at No. 7 with 64 points. Lincoln Memorial's 45 points gave them the No. 8 spot and at No. 9 was Catawba with 32 points. Tusculum placed 10th with 31 points, while Mars Hill rounded out the poll with 28 points.

The South Atlantic Conference also announced its preseason All-South Atlantic Conference team. The first-team outfield positions consisted of Lenoir-Rhyne's Erin Boone, Meghan Majeski of Anderson, and Carson-Newman's Haley Caldwell.

The first-team infield was represented from right to left on the diamond, at first base was Maria Williamson of Coker, at second base was Ty-Kella Goins of Lincoln Memorial, at shortstop was Natalie Willis from Newberry, and at third base Talon LaClair from Lenoir-Rhyne. Also earning first team honors was Queens's Jordan Hunt at catcher.

In the pitcher's circle, Emily Kenley represented Lenoir-Rhyne on the first-team. She was joined by Christine Carver from Coker and 2018 SAC Player of the Year Lacie Rinus of Carson-Newman.

Haley Simonds of Newberry was voted the first-team designated player and Carson-Newman's Abby Fiessinger was voted the first-team utility player.

The South Atlantic Conference softball season gets underway on Friday, Feb. 1. The 2019 South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship will take place April 26-April 27 at Catawba's Whitley Softball Field.

2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Softball Poll

Rank School (First-Place Votes) Total
1. Lenoir-Rhyne (10) 110
2. Coker 91
3. Carson-Newman 87
4. Wingate (1) 83
5. Anderson 75
6. Queens 69
7. Newberry 64
8. Lincoln Memorial 45
9. Catawba 32
10. Tusculum 31
11. Mars Hill 28

2019 South Atlantic Conference Softball
Preseason All-Conference
1st Team
OF – Erin Boone, Lenoir-Rhyne
OF – Meghan Majeski, Anderson
OF – Haley Caldwell, Carson-Newman
1B – Maria Williamson, Coker
2B – Ty-Kella Goins, Lincoln Memorial
SS – Natalie Willis, Newberry
3B – Talon LaClair, Lenoir-Rhyne
DP – Haley Simonds, Newberry
UTL – Abby Fiessinger, Carson-Newman
C – Jordan Hunt, Queens
P – Emily Kenley, Lenoir-Rhyne
P – Christine Carver, Coker
P – Lacie Rinus, Carson-Newman

2nd Team
OF – Tori Caldwell, Newberry
OF – Sara Ingoldsby, Queens
OF – Allie Jones, Lincoln Memorial
1B – Kylee Leonhardt, Lenoir-Rhyne
2B – Sydney Ditto, Queens
SS – Ragan Broome, Mars Hill
3B – Breanna Hagerty, Anderson
DP – Aubrey Reep, Wingate
UTL – Kelsie Hocutt, Lincoln Memorial
C – Taylor Wells, Wingate
P – Brandi Parks, Lenoir-Rhyne

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