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After facing a first-half deficit, Appalachian State University women’s basketball (2-1) used a dominating second-half performance to pull out a 66-57 win at Liberty Friday evening at the Vines Center.
With the win, the Apps have won back-to-back non-conference road games for the first time since the 2013-14 season while handing Liberty it’s third-straight loss at home to start the season.

App State outscored LU (0-3), 43-25, in the second half while shooting 48.3 percent (22.2 percent in the first half).

Joi Jones (Duluth, Ga./Duluth) scored a game-high 18 points (16 in the second half) on an efficient shooting performance going 5-of-8 from the field and tying her career high with eight-made free throws. She also added four boards and two assists. Q Murray(Baltimore, Md./George Mason) and Ashley Bassett-Smith (Pickerington, Ohio/UT Martin) both added 12 two round out the leading scorers. Bassett-Smith corralled a team-best six boards and three swats, and Murray dished out three assists, grabbed four boards and two steals.

The trio took on the scoring load for App State combing for 42 of the team’s points, hit 13 of the team’s 20-made field goals and 15 of the 23 converted foul shots. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) had an all-around game scoring six of her eight points from the line while bringing down five boards along with three dimes.

App State held a dominating 23-7 advantage in free throws while turning Liberty over 22 times for 21 points. App State improved in the turnover column once again with just 10 miscues.

The Apps and Flames went back and forth in the opening quarter with Appalachian holding a 4-2 edge for its only lead until the fourth quarter. Liberty went on a 7-0 run over a 1:28 span to go in front, 9-4, before Appalachian scored 10 of the next 15 points to tie the game at 14-apiece.Trailing by three,14-11, Bria Carter (Spotsylvania, Va./Spotsylvania) grabbed one of her five boards for a putback before Story went 1-for-2 at the line to tie things up. LU would score the final three points to go into the quarter with a 17-14 advantage.

The low scoring continued in the second period where LU would outscore the Black and Gold, 15-9, both teams shot a combined 19.3 percent from the field. Despite the Mountaineers’ woeful shooting, they managed to shoot 7-for-8 from the free throw line to stay within striking distance. After trailing by five, 19-14, the Black and Gold narrowed the gap to one thanks to a pair of free throw from Murray. However, the Flames’ 11-3 run over the final 5:20 of the half to go into the locker room with a 32-23 advantage.

After Liberty scored the first five points of the third quarter, it was a different story. Jones started and finished a 15-5 run over the final 8:07 of the third quarter to tie the game, 42-42, thanks to her jumper at the buzzer. Murray and Mikaya Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale) had a hand in five of the final seven points and caused chaos on both ends of the floor with three steals in the process.

App State shot an impressive 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) while holding LU to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor.

Despite the bench scoring just 11 points, six of those couldn’t have a came at a bigger time when Brooklyn Allen (Canton, N.C./Pisgah) hit two of her fourth-quarter 3-pointers in the first 1:59 to put the Apps up by fix, 50-44. App State kept up the pressure on the struggling Flames extending the lead to as much as 11 (59-48) with 2:50 left in the game. Liberty sliced the deficit to six, but the Apps hit their last four foul shots to clinch the win.

App State will look for its first 3-1 start since the 2014-15 campaign when it plays its second game in four days on the road at Richmond. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.

Quotable:
“I love the fight and resiliency this team has shown this season when we’re down. We (the coaching staff) challenged them at halftime and they responded very well. I thought when we were able to force some turnovers, it led to easy transition baskets and it got our offense going. Our leaders stepped up in the second half and put the team on their back when we needed them. Our bench made some big plays late in the game as well with Mikaya (Wilson) leading us on the break and Brooklyn (Allen) hitting two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The slow starts aren’t ideal, but we came away with a big win against a very good Liberty team.” - Angel Elderkin

Tip-Ins

- App State has averaged just 8.5 turnovers per game in the previous two contests against Liberty (19.2 TO/game versus other opponents).
- Carter led the team with a plus-21 in the plus/minus category while Bassett-Smith (15) and Story (11) followed suit.
- Bassett-Smith has scored in double figures in consecutive games for the first time in her career.
- Appalachian scored 1.194 points per possession in the second half while scoring on 61.1 percent of its possessions.

Behind a 119-point effort, Appalachian State University men’s basketball set a new Holmes Center record for points scored and also topped the all-time program record for victory margin with a 68-point win (119-51) over Warren Wilson College on Thursday night.

The Mountaineers (1-2) connected on a season-high 40 field goals with 27 of those coming via an assist. The 27 assists were a season-high for the Mountaineers. All 15 eligible players scored in the game. Appalachian topped the Owls (3-1) on the glass by 30 with a season-high 55 rebounds. App State scored an astounding 74 points off the bench.

Appalachian State boasted five double-digit scorers, which makes it three consecutive games that the Black and Gold have had four or more players scored double-digit points.

Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) led the way with 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from long range. This comes on the heels of a 21-point effort from Good on Tuesday on the road at Tennessee.

Both Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) and Jake Babic (Ontario, Canada/The Kiski School) notched 13 points, while Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth/VMI) posted the best game of his Mountaineer career and finished with nine points and a team-high seven rebounds. Bennett Holley (Roanoke, Va./North Cross) also scored nine points and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) netted seven.

Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) finished with eight points and four rebounds for the Mountaineers and Matt O’Boyle (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain/Pima Community College) collected a season-high eight points and six rebounds.

Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook/Lenoir-Rhyne) collected four points and four rebounds. Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) notched four points and two rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Zach Cottrell (Hayesville, N.C./Hayesville) topped his season-high of two points with a 3-pointer with three points and a rebound.

Both Trey Ford (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) netted their first points of the season. Ford hit a three, while Kerley connected on a free throw. The point for Kerley was the first of his career.

Warren Wilson opened the game with a 3-pointer, but the Mountaineers countered with a 21-4 run over the next 9:05 of the first half and never looked back. The Apps lead would balloon to 30 points with 2:05 left in the opening half when Good stole the ball and finished the play with a three.

Appalachian went into the locker room with a firm grip on the contest and a 57-24 lead in the game.

Something the Mountaineers work on every day, free throws, were an advantage in the first half with the Mountaineers shooting 15-for-19 from the line and the Owls shooting just 1-of-5.

The Mountaineers enjoyed a long period of prosperity at the beginning of the second half with a 24-2 run to open things up. Appalachian rolled from there to the 68-point victory for its first win of the season and the third home opening win for head coach Jim Fox.

Appalachian State returns to the court on Wednesday, Nov. 23 when it travels to Hartford. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. from Connecticut’s capital city.

Notes: Appalachian State broke the Holmes Center record for points in a game with 119 (previous record was 113 against Milligan on Dec. 17, 2010 … the 68-point margin of victory was the best in program history (previous best was 65 points against Milligan on Dec. 30, 2008) … the Mountaineers boasted five double-digit scorers to extend its streak of at least four in three-straight games … in his last two games, Patrick Good is 13-for-17 from the field and 9-for-13 from three-point land with 37 points … Appalachian has seven players averaging at least 8.0 points per game with three averaging double-figures … the Black and Gold are averaging 95.7 points per game this year.

With a 3-0 win over the Northeast Hawks in the first round, the Catawba Valley Community College Red Hawks volleyball team were led by Megan Fair who had 12 kills while Makayla Bozman added 10 kills and 4 blocks. Ada Thompson had 21 assists while Regan Redmond posted 10 digs.

In the first set the Red Hawks stormed out of the gate with a 7-3 lead. With the set tied at 13 all, the Red Hawks went on a 8-2 run capped by a Savannah Dishman kill for a 21-15 lead. Mariah Wallace slammed down a kill for the final point with the Red Hawks taking the first set 25-20.

The second set as a back and forth affair but with a 16-15 lead the Red Hawks reeled off 5 points in a row to take 21-15 lead. A Megan Fair kill won the set 25-19.

Down 13-12 in the third set the Red Hawks outscored Northeast 9-2 for a 21-15 lead. Both team traded of points with a Dishman kill wining the third set 25-18 and match 3-0.

In the next contest, CVCC battled for a 3-0 win in the Tournament quarterfinal in a match that was closer than the score appeared. The win was program history in 3 ways for the Red Hawks. This is now the farthest the team has advanced in the tournament, the most wins in a season with 41 and was Coach Shannon Hudson's 250 win at CVCC.

The Red Hawks were led by Mariah Wallace who had 9 kills and Ada Thompson had 22 assists.

The Red Hawks fell behind in the first set. Six service errors put the Red Hawks in a 15-21 hole. But the Red Hawks outscored Coffeyville 12-4 to take a 27-25 comeback win.

The Red Hawks used the momentum in the first set to dominate the 2nd taking a 21-13 lead. However Coffeyville outscored the Red Hawks but it wasn't enough as the Red Hawks took the 2nd set 25-20.

In the third set both teams battled for the win. The Red Hawks trailed 11-15 But battled back winning the set 29-27 with both teams fighting off set points.

The Red Hawks make their first appearance in the National Tournament semifinals and will take on #1 Parkland Friday at 6:30pm. The Red Hawks lost 3-0 to Parkland earlier in the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ismael Noumansana has been named to the 2016 D2CCA NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region Men’s Soccer First Team. CC2 is the Conference Commissioner’s Association.

Noumansana, a junior forward from Reims, FRANCE, led the Bears in both goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Player Of The Year. Noumansana was the school’s first league most valuable player since Ged Quinn in 2006.

Noumansana, a two-time all-conference honoree (2015-16), led the Bears to a 12-5-3 record (7-3-1 in the South Atlantic Conference) and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Lenoir-Rhyne was also making its first playoff appearance in 10 years.

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education.

The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.

2016 D2CCA NCAA Division II Men's Soccer

All-Southeast Region Teams

FIRST TEAM

GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, So., Santiago, Chile

F - Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer, Sr., Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

F - Jaime Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain

F - Gui Machado, Limestone, Sr., Sao Paulo, Brazil

F - Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne, Jr., Reims, France

MF - Martim Galvao, Pfeiffer, Jr., Lisbon, Portugal

MF - Callum Ross, Wingate, Jr., Newcastle, England

MF - Aksel Juul, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England

MF - Jorge Salvat, Limestone, Sr., San Sebastian de los Reyes, Spain

D - Dani Siaj, Pfeiffer, Sr., Madrid, Spain

D - Alex Nelson, Wingate, Sr., Newcastle, England

D - Damian Gaon, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile

D - Nestor Aguilar, Limestone, Sr., Jaen, Spain

SECOND TEAM

GK - Tomas Correa, Pfeiffer, So., Lisbon, Portugal

F - Andre De Giorgi Tusculum, Sr., Lisbon, Portugal

F - Santi Moar, Pfeiffer, Sr., Coruna, Spain

F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, So., Heidelberg, Germany

F - Elma N’For, Wingate, Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon

MF - Hugo Delhommelle, Lander, So., Rennes, France

MF - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, So., Algete, Spain

MF - Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial, Jr., Campinas, Brazil

MF - Thomas Deeley, Lees-McRae, Sr., Oxford, England

D - Macauley King, Young Harris, So., Narborough, England

D - Jordan Skelton, Lander, So., Newcastle, England

D - Sam Hibbert, Limestone, Sr., Warrington, England

D - Vicente Munoz, Wingate, Jr., Santiago, Chile

SOUTHEAST REGION PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nathan Regis, Pfeiffer

Friday, 18 November 2016 07:19

App State Track and Field Announces Schedule

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Appalachian State University head track and field coach John Weaver announced the track program’s indoor and outdoor schedule on Thursday. The 2016-17 track campaign will begin in early December and will feature two home indoor meets and one outdoor collegiate competition in Boone.

“We are fortunate to be in an area that has a large amount of track programs who are successful and provide a high level of competition” said coach Weaver. “We hope that we do the same for them. Our schedule reflects the fact that we do not have to travel far to get quality competition. This year’s schedule verifies this truth. Our athletes will be challenged at each meet which will help them accomplish high conference rankings and NCAA Championship qualifying opportunities. Every schedule points towards these two destinations at the end of the season, the Sun Belt Conference Championship and the NCAA National Championship. We work through our scheduling to give our athletes these goals.”

App State will commence the indoor season in Winston-Salem at the JDL Meet on Saturday, Dec. 3.

The next three track meets fall in the new year, starting with the ETSU Meet on Jan. 13-14 in Johnson City. One week later, the Mountaineers will host their first home meet on Jan. 20-21 (Mountaineer NCAA Indoor Meet). Lastly, Appalachian will end January competition in Huntington, W.V. for the Marshall Invitational on Jan. 27-28.

For the month of February, the Black and Gold will compete in three track meets, the ETSU Invitational (Feb. 3-4), the Birmingham Invitational (Feb. 11) and the Appalachian Split Meet (Feb. 17), before traveling down to Birmingham, Ala. to face off against Sun Belt opponents at the indoor championships on Feb. 20-21. After battling for the Sun Belt crown, Mountaineers that round out the top 16 nationally in their respective events will roll down to College Station,Texas for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Mar. 10-11.

Appalachian will open up the outdoor season at the High Point Invitational in High Point, N.C on Mar. 17-18. Then the Mountaineers will participate in two back-to-back road meets on Mar. 24-25 for the USC and Raleigh Relays and on Mar. 30-Apr. 1 for the Florida Relays.

In April, the Mountaineers will host two competitions, the Appalachian HS Invitational (Apr. 8) and the Mountaineer NCAA Outdoor Meet (Apr. 28-29). App State’s road contests in April will include the UNC Charlotte Open (Apr. 14-15) and the Duke Invitational (Apr. 21-22).

Before the outdoor conference championships, the Apps will bus down to Knoxville, Tenn. for the Tennessee Open on May 6 to finalized their gameplan to take on the Sun Belt at the outdoor championships on May 12-14 in Arlington, Texas.

After the outdoor championships, Mountaineers who fall inside the top 48 in the east region in their respective event will travel to Lexington, Ky. for the NCAA East Preliminary Round on May 25-27. Student-athletes who then finish in the top-12 at the preliminary round will represent the High Country at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men’s Basketball Team (2-1, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a thrilling, 106-98 victory in double overtime over Catawba (2-1, 0-1) Wednesday evening at Goodman Gymnasium.

Senior guard Darrion Evans, a Freedom High School and Catawba Valley Community College graduate, came off the bench to score a team-high 25 points while junior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) added 20 points and six treys as the Bears rallied from a 14-point deficit – 62-48 with 7:56 left in the second half – to force overtime and eventually take the win.

Catawba’s Jameel Taylor (Anderson, S.C.) led all scorers with 29 points while K.J. Arrington (Newport News, Va.) added a double-double – 23 points and 13 rebounds – as the Indians suffered their first loss of the year.

Arrington hit a jump shot as the clock expired in the second half to force overtime with the contest tied at 78 before Evans forced the game into a second overtime with a pair of free throws with six seconds left.

In the second extra stanza, the Bears used a 9-0 run and hit eight free throws in the frame to pull away with the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jalen Variste (Baton Rouge, La.) added 19 points and senior forward JacQues Chambers (Mayesville, N.C.) finished with eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds as the Bears won their second straight game.

Catawba’s Jerrin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) also tallied a double-double – 20 points and 13 rebounds – but the Indians hit just seven-of-32 three-point attempts (22 percent) and turned the ball over 19 times in the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Wingate on Tuesday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m., in Wingate, N.C.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 21:39

CVCC Men's Basketball Picks Up 40 Point Win

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Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team hosted Southern Wesleyan JV team on Wednesday night, winning 82-42.

Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Derick Brewer with 11 points and Jamal Tanner with 10 points.

The Red Hawks improve to 3-2 on the year. CVCC will host Pasco-Hernando State College Saturday at 2pm.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-0) kicked off the 2016-17 season in convincing fashion with a 71-29 win over Warren Wilson (4-2) Wednesday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 16 points while senior center Chelsey Romero (Hampton, Va.) added eight points and 12 rebounds as the Bears held a 70-28 advantage in rebounding and held the Owls to just three points in both the second and fourth periods in the victory.

Warren Wilson was led by Danasia Dumas (Mount Gilead, N.C.) with 14 points and four rebounds while Jada McCrimmon (North Wilkesboro, N.C.) scored five points but the Owls were held to just 19 percent shooting (11-of-57) for the game.

Senior forward Alecia Bell (Newport News, Va.) added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Bears, who outscored the Owls by 20 points in the fourth and final period to turn the contest into a rout.

Twelve players scored for Lenoir-Rhyne, who also blocked six shots on the night and broke a school record for rebounds in a game. The previous mark was 66 against UNC Charlotte on February 6, 1978.

Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play on Tuesday, November 22, at 4:00 p.m., against Wingate in Wingate, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Redmond and Emily Steele were named to the 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Second Team, league officials announced today.

Redmond, a junior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., earned all-league accolades for the second straight season.

Redmond, despite missing several matches due to injury, led the team in kills (282) to go along with 13 service aces, 243 digs and 35 blocks.

Steele, a junior middle blocker from Greenville, N.C., led the team in several categories this year including hitting percentage (.273), service aces (30) and blocks (109) to go along with 242 kills and 89 digs.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-18, 10-12) finished the year by winning five of its last six matches including three straight victories over the first-place team in the conference standings at the time.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference

Volleyball Teams

FIRST TEAM

Outside Hitter - Meredith Jones, Queens

Outside Hitter - Abby Saehler, Wingate

Setter - Abby Cash, Lincoln Memorial

Outside Hitter - Marissa Mitter, Anderson

Setter - Samantha Cash, Lincoln Memorial

Outside Hitter - Logan Hayward, Newberry

Outside Hitter - Bri Howard, Catawba

Defensive Specialist - Melissa Mazur, Tusculum


SECOND TEAM

Outside Hitter - Oakley Attaway, Wingate

Setter - Emily Conlin, Anderson

Middle Blocker - Emily Steele, Lenoir-Rhyne

Middle Blocker - Madison Darby-McClure, Newberry

Outside Hitter - Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne

Setter - Sydney Kunz, Queens

Middle Blocker - Rachel Burts, Anderson

Defensive Specialist - Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate


HONORABLE MENTION

Setter - Rachell Alles, Wingate

Middle Blocker - Laryssa Welch, Tusculum

Outside Hitter - Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial

Setter - Maggie Marsh, Newberry

Outside Hitter - Liz Brock, Lincoln Memorial

Outside Hitter - Rebecca Cochran, Queens

Libero - Taylor Lowe, Carson-Newman

Defensive Specialist - Megan Mancini, Queens


ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Emily Conlin, Anderson

Rachel Alles, Wingate

Toni-Anne Whitlow, Newberry

Treslyn Ortiz, Wingate

Marnie Streeter, Carson-Newman

Hallie Zumack, Tusculum


Player Of The Year

Meredith Jones, Queens


Freshman Of The Year


Emily Conlin, Anderson


Coach Of The Year

Jenny Michael, Lincoln Memorial


Hitting Percentage: Rachel Burts, Anderson (.328)

Kills Per Set: Meredith Jones, Queens (3.71)

Assists Per Set: Emily Conlin, Anderson (10.29)

Blocks Per Set: Tone Gill, Lincoln Memorial (1.11)

Service Aces Per Set: Emily Conlin, Anderson (0.44)

Digs Per Set: Lowe Taylor, Carson-Newman (6.05)

Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.238)

Team Assists Per Set: Wingate (13.03)

Team Kills Per Set: Wingate (13.94)

Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (.839)

Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (.140)

Team Blocks Per Set: Lenoir-Rhyne (2.35)

Team Service Aces Per Set: Wingate (1.80)

Team Digs Per Set: Mars Hill (19.20)

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:48

App's Peters-Logue Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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Junior Appalachian State University wrestler David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) was tabbed the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after going 2-0 in duals over the weekend, the league announced on Wednesday.

The junior 184-pounder had an impressive opening duals weekend, starting off the season 2-0 for the second-straight year, improving to 5-2 overall on the year, as Appalachian (2-0) hosted Belmont Abbey and then-No. 15 Oregon State for Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Nov. 12.

In the first match of the day on Saturday, Peters-Logue made quick work of Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt, getting a dominating 15-0 technical fall victory. He then came though in a crucial spot of the Mountaineers come-from-behind victory over Oregon State when he battled in a ferocious back-and-forth with then-No. 12 184-pounder Corey Griego.

Carrying the momentum of three-straight Appalachian weight class wins over the Beavers, Peters-Logue gained an advantage in his match, taking Griego to the mat and getting the hugely important pin in 3:32.

The pin gave the Mountaineers the points they would end up needing to get the 25-15 win, rocketing Appalachian State up the USA Today/NWCA rankings to its tied-highest spot ever at No. 23. The victory also pushed App State its highest spot in InterMat rankings at No. 21 and propelled Peters-Logue to the Top 25 of 184-pounders in the country (No. 22), according to TrackWrestling.

The Mountaineers will return to action as they head to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Wrestling returns to Varsity Gym on Sunday, Nov. 27 when Appalachian plays host to North Carolina, who last week was ranked No. 25 in the poll, but dropped slightly to lead the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s poll.

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