YAIAA football scenarios: Dallastown, Suburban and Hanover can all clinch titles in Week 9

By ZACH MILLER, GameTimePA.com

With two weeks left in the high school football season, nine YAIAA football teams are still in the mix to win division titles and three have the opportunity to clinch titles in Week 9.

Below, I’ve broken down the scenarios that would need to play out for each team to clinch a division title in the next two weeks. Keep in mind that if two teams finish tied atop the standings in a given division, the championship will be awarded to the team that won the head-to-head meeting during the season.

Division I

Teams still in the mix: Dallastown (5-0 in division), South Western (4-1), Northeastern (4-1).

Remaining games:
Week 9
Dallastown at Central York
Northeastern at South Western
Week 10
Red Lion at Dallastown
South Western at Spring Grove
New Oxford at Northeastern

Dallastown can clinch with: one win OR losses by South Western AND Northeastern

South Western can clinch with: two wins AND two Dallastown losses

Northeastern can clinch with: two wins AND two Dallastown losses

Division II

Teams still in the mix: York Suburban (4-0 in division), West York (3-1), Dover (3-1).

Remaining games:
Week 9
York Suburban at Gettysburg
West York at Dover
Week 10
Eastern York at York Suburban
Gettysburg at West York
Dover at Susquehannock

York Suburban can clinch with: one win OR losses by West York AND Dover

West York can clinch with: two wins AND two York Suburban losses

Dover can clinch with: two wins AND two York Suburban losses

Division III

Teams still in the mix: Hanover (5-0 in division), Biglerville (4-1), Bermudian Springs (4-1).

Remaining games:
Week 9
Hanover at Biglerville
Bermudian Springs at Littlestown
Week 10
Delone Catholic at Hanover
Biglerville at Bermudian Springs

Hanover can clinch with: a win in Week 9 OR a win in Week 10 AND a Bermudian Springs win in Week 10

Biglerville can clinch with: two wins

Bermudian Springs can clinch with: two wins AND two Hanover losses

There’s also a complicated and unlikley scenario in which Hanover loses both of its last two games, Bermudian Springs loses to Littlestown in Week 9 and then beats Biglerville in Week 10. If this happens, there are two possibilities:
1) if York Catholic loses to either of its remaining opponents (Fairfield and York County Tech), the three teams listed above would finish in a three-way tie for first that couldn’t be broken with tiebreakers and would be named co-champions.
2) if York Catholic wins both of its remaining games, there would be a four-way tie atop the division of teams with 5-2 records. In this situation, Hanover would be the division champion after two sets of head-to-head tiebreakers (the Nighthawks and Eagles would both be 2-1 against the teams involved and the Nighthawks won that head-to-head meeting).

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YAIAA league tournament schedules for field hockey and soccer

By Zach Miller, GameTimePA.com

The YAIAA soccer and field hockey tournaments take place within the next week, and Adams County will be well represented in both. Here’s the complete schedule with Adams County teams listed in bold:

Girls soccer
Saturday
Central York vs. Gettysburg, 9 a.m. at Northeastern
York Catholic vs. Dover, 9 a.m. at Gettysburg
Susquehannock vs. Northeastern, 9 a.m. at Dover
Fairfield at Dallastown, 3 p.m.

Tuesday
Semifinals, dates/sites TBA

Thursday
Championship, 7:30 p.m. at Susquehannock

Boys soccer
Saturday
Central York vs. West York, 11 a.m. at Northeastern
Bermudian Springs vs. Susquehannock, 11 a.m. at Dover
Red Lion at Gettysburg, 11 a.m.
Biglerville at Dallastown, 5 p.m.

Tuesday
Semifinals, dates/sites TBA

Thursday
Championship, 5:30 p.m. at Susquehannock

Field hockey
Wednesday
Gettysburg vs. Dallastown, 5:30 p.m. at York Suburban
New Oxford vs. Bermudian Springs, 7 p.m. at York Suburban

Thursday
Championship, 7 p.m. at Northeastern

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Fall sports: How Hanover-Adams area teams stack up for the YAIAA playoffs

By Zach Miller, GameTimePA.com

With the YAIAA playoffs approaching, there are several Hanover-Adams area teams having great seasons that will get a chance to compete for the league title. Take a look at the tournament dates, and which area teams could compete:

Girls volleyball

Tournament dates: Oct. 26 & 27
Who makes it: 8 teams (3 Division I, 3 Division II, 2 Division III)

Hanover-Adams contenders:

South Western (7-5, 5-4 Division I): The Mustangs currently hold the No. 3 spot in Division I.
Spring Grove (7-7, 4-5 Division I): The Rockets trail South Western by one match with three to play.
New Oxford (4-7, 3-7 Division I): A darkhorse, the Colonials sit two matches out of the No. 3 spot in Division I with three matches left.

Gettysburg (7-6, 6-5 Division II): Another darkhorse, the Warriors sit two matches out of the No. 3 spot in Division II with three matches left.

Delone Catholic (13-1, 10-0 Division III): The defending champion Squires are in the driver’s seat in Division III.
Hanover (11-3, 8-1 Division III): The Hawkettes lock up the No. 2 spot in Division III with one more win.

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Check out the full girls volleyball standings at GameTimePA.com.

Field hockey

Tournament dates: Oct. 21 & 22
Who makes it: 4 teams (2 Division I, 1 Division II, 1 Division III)

Hanover-Adams contenders:

New Oxford (13-2-1, 11-2 Division I): The Colonials clinch a spot in the league tournament with a win against Red Lion on Thursday.

Gettysburg (16-0, 10-0 Division II): The undefeated Warriors have clinched the Division II title.

Bermudian Springs (14-1, 9-0 Division III): The Eagles have clinched the Division III title.

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Check out the full field hockey standings at GameTimePA.com.

Boys soccer

Tournament dates: Oct. 17, 20 & 22
Who makes it: 8 teams (3 Division I, 3 Division II, 2 Division III)

Hanover-Adams contenders:

Gettysburg (15-0, 11-0 Division II): The undefeated Warriors have clinched the Division II title)

Bermudian Springs (13-2, 10-1 Division III): The Eagles can clinch the Division III title with a win against Littlestown on Thursday.
Biglerville (11-6, 9-2 Division III): The Canners have clinched a spot in the YAIAA tournament.

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Check out the full boys soccer standings at GameTimePA.com.

Girls soccer

Tournament dates: Oct. 17, 20 & 22
Who makes it: 8 teams (3 Division I, 3 Division II, 2 Division III)

Hanover-Adams contenders:

Fairfield (14-1, 10-1 Division III): After a dramatic win against York Catholic on Tuesday night, the Knights are assured of a spot in the league tournament.
York Catholic (11-3, 10-1 Division III): The Lady Irish are also assured of a spot in the league tournament.

Fairfield celebrates a 3-2 victory over York Catholic during the Division III title game on Oct.13, 2015 at Fairfield High School. Clare Becker - The Evening Sun

Fairfield celebrates a 3-2 victory over York Catholic on Tuesday at Fairfield High School. Clare Becker – GameTimePA.com

Check out the full girls soccer standings at GameTimePA.com.

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Football: Three biggest Hanover-Adams surprises through the first three weeks

By Zach Miller

In the first three weeks of the high school football season, we’ve seen plenty of results we weren’t expecting. As we get ready for divisional play to begin next week, let’s take a look at the three biggest surprises so far in the Hanover-Adams area:

1. Hanover’s hot start

With their Week 3 win against Eastern York to go to 3-0, the Nighthawks have already exceeded last year’s win total, as well as their combined win total from 2011-2013. And they’ve done it in style, outscoring their three opponents by 67 points.

Hanover heads into the first week of divisional play as not only the lone undefeated team in Division III, but also as the lone team with a winning record. Week 4 provides the Nighthawks with a chance to start division play by knocking off the defending Division III champions at Bermudian Springs.

Hanover's Jordan Laughman runs the ball against Eastern York defenders Friday night Sept. 18, 2015 at Hanover High School. Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA.com

Hanover’s Jordan Laughman runs the ball against Eastern York defenders. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com

2. Bermudian Springs’ slow start

Speaking of the Eagles, they’re off to their first 0-3 start since 2007, which means they’ve already lost three-times as many regular-season games this season as they had in the last four years combined.

Bermudian Springs’ fall from dominance was to be somewhat expected as the team replaced all but one starter from last year’s division-champion team, but it still seems odd to see 0 in the team’s win column three weeks into the season. That team that started 0-3 in 2007 ended up 4-6.

3. South Western’s turnaround

The Mustangs entered the year considered a favorite to win Division I, and they’ve already impressed in their out-of-division games. After going 0-3 to start the year last season, South Western went 2-1 against the same three opponents to start this year. Last night, they held a Carlisle team that had scored more than 100 points in its first two games to just two touchdowns.

Keep in mind, too, that the Mustangs have won these games without injured running backs Drew Hartlaub and Robby Harbison.

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South Western’s Zack Hughes runs the ball against Cedar Cliff in Week 2. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA.com

 

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South Western’s Hartlaub out for season, hears from James Franklin

South Western's Andrew Hartlaub carries the ball while Gettysburg's Michael Ingalsbe defends on Friday Aug. 29, 2014 at South Western.  Shane Dunlap - GameTimePA

South Western’s Andrew Hartlaub carries the ball while Gettysburg’s Michael Ingalsbe defends on Friday Aug. 29, 2014 at South Western. Shane Dunlap – GameTimePA

By Zach Miller

South Western junior running back Drew Hartlaub will miss the remainder of the season with an knee injury, the team found out Wednesday.

Hartlaub, who is being recruited by Penn State and other Division I schools, tore his right ACL during the Mustangs’ Week 1 game at Gettysburg. He took the ball on a sweep play, coach Damian Poalucci said, and was injured by a hit he took after stepping out of bounds.

“It wasn’t a dirty hit by any stretch of the imagination, just late,” Poalucci said. “Stuff like this happens, it’s a tough part of the game.”

Although the injury means Hartlaub will not have any film to show coaches from this season, Poalucci said the junior’s performances at combines and summer camps still give him a very good shot at a Division I offer.

In fact, Penn State coach James Franklin and assistant head coach Brent Pry both called Hartlaub this week to offer their reassurance and wish him well, Poalucci said. Poalucci has a relationship with both coaches from their time at East Stroudsburg in the ’90s.

“He talked to Coach Pry on Wednesday and he let him know that with this type of injury, nowadays, the recovery time is so quick,” Poalucci said. “He’s hopefully still gonna be able to run track in the spring. He just reassured him that, ‘hey, we like you, we’re interested, you showed us what we can do already.’

“Coach Franklin talked to him today for about five minutes. It says a lot about those coaches to take time out of their busy day to talk to him and comfort him and reassure him that he’s important and they’re still interested.”

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Countdown to Kickoff: Division favorites and top returning units

By Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller

Last week, we asked you to vote for who you think the division winners and top returning units (quarterbacks, backfield and receiving corps.) are in the Hanover-Adams area. With just a week left to the start of the high school football season, our last installment of the Countdown to Kickoff series reveals the results of those polls and our take on each one. Keep checking back here at the Locker Room Chatter blog for news and notes throughout the season.

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Which team will win YAIAA Division I?

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The voters went with the trendy pick and selected South Western. The Mustangs definitely have the talent to make a title run in Division I and expectations are sky high. The target is firmly on the Mustangs’ backs and head coach Damian Poalucci said he’s fine with that.

Spring Grove coming in second might be a stretch and Red Lion should probably be higher on this list.

Which team will win YAIAA Division II?

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West York has won at least a share of the division title in seven of the last eight years so voters choosing the Bulldogs is understandable. But, West York is replacing longtime head coach Ron Miller and several key players including quarterback Ross Campbell, who totaled nearly 3,000 yards last season. Gettysburg is coming off a strong inaugural season in the league but lose 19 seniors. Really, this division is up for grabs. You could make an argument for West York, Dover, York Suburban, Eastern York or Gettysburg at the top.

Which team will win YAIAA Division III?

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Wow, look how close this one was. Bermudian Springs gets the nod after winning 29 of their last 30 regular season games, but Biglerville is a team on the rise and many expect the Canners to challenge for a title. Delone and York Catholic should be right there in the mix, too. The voters did a good job on their top four here.

Who’s the best quarterback in the Hanover-Adams area?

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Messersmith is good, but he’ll have to prove himself a little more before we crown him the best quarterback. The voters disagree, however. Krout led the league in passing last season, so he could be a little higher on this list. Keep an eye on Shermeyer. The junior has a cannon arm and should surprise some people this season.

What Hanover-Adams area team has the best receiving corp?

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It seems that Spring Grove really showed up to vote. They’re near the top of the list again as Anthony Beddia and Adam Warehime are a close second to Noah Staub and Drew Hartlaub at South Western. I like the pick here, though. Hartlaub can come out of the backfield and make plays as a receiver, evidenced by his 481 receiving yards in 2014. Hanover’s corp may be underrated, that’s a talented bunch.

What’s the best backfield in the Hanover-Adams area?

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South Western nearly pulls off the sweep here with Harbison and Hartlaub taking the best backfield vote. They were a solid thunder-lightning duo last season with Harbison scratching out the tough yards between the tackles and Hartlaub bouncing outside as the home run threat. Biglerville has a solid stable of backs, but Cooper has missed time the last two seasons with injury. Dorsey is a speedster at Delone alongside Sneeringer, who will see more playing time this season as a junior. Again, the voters were accurate here.

Countdown to kickoff schedule
June 12: New Oxford
June 19: Hanover
June 26: Littlestown
July 3: Spring Grove
July 10: Biglerville
July 17: Fairfield
July 24: South Western
July 31: Delone Catholic
Aug. 7: Gettysburg
Aug. 14: Bermudian Springs
Aug. 21: Over/Unders
Aug. 28: Top returning units

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Can the senior-heavy Mustangs make a run at the division title?

By Brandon Stoneburg

We’re only a few weeks away from the start of fall sports season. We’ve been previewing each football team for the past two months, but it’s time to check in on the other sports. Here we’ll preview girls volleyball in the Hanover-Adams area. Next up: South Western.

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Last year: 7-10 overall, 5-7 Division I

Coach: Cathy Harman (12th season)

Key players lost: None.

Key players returning:  Hannah McMaster (Sr., setter), Summer Small (Sr, MH), Tori Sager (Sr., OH), Kaitlyn Chell (Jr., OH), Bonna Sheehan (Jr., OH)

Team strength: Continuity, experience.

No seniors graduated from last year’s squad and the Mustangs bring back a ton of experience. McMaster will be in her fourth varsity season and led the team in aces and assists in 2014. Fellow seniors Small, who led the team in blocks, and Sager, who led in kills, return for their third varsity campaigns.

Any concerns?: Position changes. 

While Harman’s team returns experience, some of her starters will be in new positions. Chell will be moving from libero to outside hitter, Sheehan from outside hitter to opposite and Abi Gatz from defense to libero.

“Most of our position changes made during the offseason have shown improvement to this point in our team dynamic and chemistry,” Harman said. “And our team will need to stay healthy and strong while focusing on the long haul.”

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Ten must-see Hanover-Adams football games in 2015

We’re exactly 10 days from the start of football season in the York-Adams league. We’re pretty excited to get started, so we’ve put together a list of 10 must-see games this season for the Hanover-Adams area teams. Enjoy.

Sept. 4 South Western at Gettysburg  What happened in the season opener last year? Sixty-two combined first-half points, five touchdowns of more than 30 yards, a dramatic finish, and the Warriors’ first win as a member of the 20140829__247455~s300~p1YAIAA. Jake Myers hit Kobe Wansel with a 45-yard bomb to give Gettysburg a 44-41 lead, then the defense forced a South Western turnover on downs at midfield with less than a minute remaining. If this season’s matchup can match that or at least come close, that would be a great way to start the year. (Gettysburg leads the all-time series, 7-6)

Sept. 11 Gettysburg at New Oxford – In an otherwise light week on the schedule, this one offers a few storylines. They’re backyard rivals in a sense. Gettysburg is transitioning after losing 19 seniors. New Oxford is looking for its first win since Fall 2013. The Colonials would love to beat their neighbor since it’s happened just once in 27 tries. (All-time: Gettysburg 26-1)

Sept. 18 Delone Catholic vs. Union City (Tenn.) – There are a number of reasons why this matchup is intriguing:

1. How often does a York-Adams team get to play a team from the south? And not just any team from the south. Union City is a three-time state champion in the Volunteer State and enters the season on a 27-game winning streak.

2. Union City’s mascot is the Golden Tornadoes. How cool is that? The Squires vs. the Golden Tornadoes? There are so many headline ideas for this one.

3. What it could mean. Let’s say Delone pulls off the win over the Tennessee champs who are making an 850-mile trip (and stopping in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg along the way). That could be quite the confidence boost heading into their division schedule.

Sept. 25 Biglerville vs. Fairfield – This has turned into quite the Adams County rivalry. After losing the first eight games of the series, the Green Knights have won the past two including last season’s dramatic 20-19 victory. Afterward, senior Michael Quealy said, “This is huge for our school. I can’t even put it into words. This is like a Michigan-Ohio State win for us.” Okay, Michigan-Ohio State might be a stretch, but this one should be entertaining and could be a solid early-season test to gauge whether Fairfield will be a postseason contender again. Or it could be a big revenge game for the Canners.

Oct. 2 South Western vs. Central York – Last season’s matchup was the area’s lone overtime game. It lasted just two plays into overtime, though, with the Panthers coming away victorious after a controversial interception ruling in the end zone. 20140926__878909~s500~ph_500The Mustangs didn’t agree with the call, so head coach Damian Poalucci shouldn’t have too hard of a time firing his team up. Oh, and it’s at the Corral this year.

Oct. 9 Delone at Biglerville – Another matchup that featured a few controversial calls last season. Two “inadvertent whistles” reversed two Delone fumbles, and the Squires squeaked out an 18-6 win. It was win no. 100 for Steve Wiles. The Canners believed that game could’ve gone the other way if not for the inadvertent whistles. Both teams are expected to compete at the top of Division III this season. (All-time: Delone leads the series, 20-3-1)

Oct. 16 South Western vs. Dallastown – Similar to the game vs. Central, this is another matchup the Mustangs nearly came away with and again, the Mustangs will get to host the rematch. South Western fell in Dallastown, 28-27, after blowing a three touchdown lead, then botching an extra point with less than two minutes left. Following the game, Dallastown went on to win the division and South Western closed on a three-game winning streak. Many have said that these two teams will be the best in Division I this season, making this rematch all the more intriguing.

Oct. 23 Fairfield vs. Delone –These two teams met in McSherrystown in October locked in a race for the fourth and final district playoff spot. Behind a 249-yard outburst by Jake Kadis, the Squires won, 17-14. The Green Knights weren’t happy with how the game ended when Delone was allowed to run the clock out without running a play in the last minute-plus of the fourth quarter. Kadis is gone, the Green Knights want revenge, and this one is in Fairfield. Keep an eye on this battle. (All-time: Delone leads the series, 9-1)

Oct. 30 Bermudian at Littlestown – It’s Jon DeFoe vs. Mike Lippy. It’s Eagles vs. Bolts. It’s the night before Halloween and it’s a good one to watch. DeFoe and Lippy have battled for more than a decade now and Littlestown leads the all-time series, 16-12.

Littlestown's Lucas Reynolds takes down Bermudian's Briton Shelton on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.

Littlestown’s Lucas Reynolds takes down Bermudian’s Briton Shelton on Friday Oct. 25, 2013.

They’re two of the only three teams to win the division in the past decade and they always seem to be a hurdle for the other. Two years ago, these two put on one of the best games Adams County has ever seen. Littlestown converted three fourth-down attempts on their final drive and punched in a touchdown as time expired to stun the Eagles. The win secured a division title for Littlestown and snapped a 29-game regular season win streak for Bermudian. It’s still the only regular season game that DeFoe and the Eagles have lost in the last four years.

Nov. 6 Rivalry Week: Delone at Hanover (DC 48-28-5), South Western at Spring Grove (SW 32-19-1), Biglerville at Bermudian (Berm 29-12)—Week 10 is always the most entertaining week on the schedule. It’s rivalry week and that always seems to bring the competitive side out of each of the schools. There’s gamesmanship (although, spray painting another team’s field might be taking it a bit far) and plenty of verbal jabs on social media. Hanover vs. Delone is the closest battle geographically between any two schools in the area (they’re separated by 2.5 miles). South Western-Spring Grove is as nasty as any rivalry in the league and the Mustangs could be in position to secure a division title in week 10, making Spring Grove a possible spoiler. The Division-III title could come down to Bermudian-Biglerville in Week 10.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section.

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Countdown to Kickoff: Over/Unders

By Brandon Stoneburg and Zach Miller

With two weeks left to the start of the 2015 high school football season, we’re playing the role of bookmaker and setting over/unders for each team’s win total. Rather than predicting how many games each Hanover-Adams area team will win, we’re letting you decide by setting the bar based on a few factors: how many games each team won last season, how difficult each team’s schedule is and how many key players each team brings back from last year’s team. We set each number at an increment of .5 to force you, the fan, to pick an over or an under. Let us know in the comments section below whether each team will win over or under the win total we set.

Littlestown – 3.5

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We felt that 3.5 was a good spot for a team coming off a 3-win season with a tough nonleague schedule. The Bolts spend their first two games on the road at Boiling Springs and Greencastle-Antrim before returning home to face Lancaster Catholic. There’s probably one win among those three games, then at least two or three in their league slate. The Bolts get York Tech, York Catholic, Bermudian Springs and Hanover at home.

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South Western – 7.5

Home games: Cedar Cliff, Carlisle, Central York, Dallastown, Northeastern
Road games: Gettysburg, New Oxford, Red Lion, William Penn, Spring Grovethayer

The Mustangs have been the popular choice as division favorites. They have a tough schedule, but they get the big games at home in the Corral this season where they’ve won 20 of their last 30 games. The Mustangs have a good chance of exacting revenge in the season opener at Gettysburg, but two straight against Cedar Cliff and Carlisle, who both made the AAAA playoffs in 2014, will be a challenge. How does four road wins and three or four home wins sound? We expect it to fall in the range.

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Vote: YAIAA preseason football poll

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With the YAIAA football season two weeks away, we’re curious to get your thoughts on the 2015 season. Below are several questions ranging from divisional favorites to best backfields. Vote and let us know what you think! If there’s someone who you’d like to add, sound off by leaving a comment below.

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