Author: Jerin Steele


Sophia Beining works out with the Kiski Valley rugby team Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams advance to state championship games
May 18, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby advanced to the Rugby PA Club Division II championship game for the second consecutive season with a 32-5 win over North Penn on Saturday at Penn State Berks.

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Mars baseball shuts out Fox Chapel in 1st round
May 16, 2019
Fox Chapel coach Jim Hastings summed up how things went for his team Thursday with five words.

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Autumn Trempus works with coach Keith Erwin during the Kiski Valley rugby team’s practice Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams vying for state championships
May 13, 2019
In the last five years, Kiski Valley rugby has built its program to be on par with some of best in the state and last week reflected that when the girls and boys teams were awarded top seeds in their respective brackets.

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Alyssa Schofield is one of Plum’s top offensive players.
Plum softball not caught up in numbers game
May 10, 2019
Nearly half of the players in Plum softball’s lineup have batting averages at .400 or above, but none of them know it.

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Senior Sophia Beining is part of an experienced core for the the Kiski Valley rugby team.
Kiski Valley girls rugby team hoping for breakthrough
April 27, 2019
After three years of seeing the Kiski Valley girls rugby team finish as the state runner-up, Rilee Roach is ready to break through.

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Franklin Regional pitcher Mike Klingensmith talks with catcher Bryce Harper on the mound during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
All systems rolling for Franklin Regional baseball
April 26, 2019
Franklin Regional baseball coach Bobby Sadler laughed and then paused for a few seconds when deciding if pitching or hitting was going better for his team.

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Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Thomas Salley throws against Ligonier Valley on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Tough nonsection slate paying off for Greensburg Central Catholic baseball
April 23, 2019
Going into the season with seven new starters, Greensburg Central Catholic baseball coach Dennis Reist beefed up the schedule with an early run of difficult nonsection opponents and hoped Mother Nature would cooperate.

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Shorthanded Penn-Trafford track teams eye individual success
April 5, 2019
For the second year in a row the Penn-Trafford boys and girls track teams have small rosters, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of talent.

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Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Good (35) goes to block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball aims for another section title
March 29, 2019
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team jumped right into the thick of an intense battle in its season opener Tuesday night, and that was exactly what Warriors coach Jim Schall wanted to see to get a better handle on his team.

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Kiski Valley’s Cam Taylor (left) works out with Andrew Bigler Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby gets boost from Buckheads transfers
March 28, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby coach Seth Erwin was already excited about the group he had returning from a team that was the state runner-up last year, and then he received some news in the offseason that made his roster even stronger.

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Deer Lakes’ Devin Reiher during practice Monday, March 25, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
New-look Deer Lakes boys volleyball team looks to maintain high standard of success
March 25, 2019
Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Brady Schuller said he had a couple of curveballs thrown his way last year with some injuries to key players in a season that ended one win short of a second consecutive PIAA playoff berth.

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The North Allegheny hockey team shakes hands with La Salle College players after falling in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
La Salle takes down North Allegheny in Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship
March 23, 2019
North Allegheny rolled into the second intermission break on the back of two late goals that got the Tigers tied with La Salle and looked to continue the momentum when they received a power play early in the third.

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Freeport’s Jalen Brown (right) competes during practice for the annual Cager Classic March 23, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Brown follows in mother’s footsteps with selection to Cager Classic
March 22, 2019
Jalen Brown paused a moment before describing the impact his mother, Eve VanDyke, has had on his life and his basketball career.

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Freshmen, sophomores to make quick impact for Springdale softball team
March 19, 2019
Springdale softball coach Anthony Pototo pointed to a few factors that went against his team last season: poor weather, a lack of pitching depth and a young team.

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Springdale’s Isaac Kern connects on a pitch during a scrimmage against Quigley Catholic Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at Springdale High School.
Springdale baseball to lean on young lineup during rebuilding season
After each practice, Springdale baseball coach Brett Burger tells his team to “be better tomorrow than they were today.”

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Ringgold’s Hunter Suarez celebrates with Justin Day after Day’s gamer winner to beat Burrell in the PIHL Division 2 Final Monday, March 18, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Cook, Ringgold edge No. 1 Burrell to claim PIHL Division II championship
March 18, 2019
With the score tied in the third period, Burrell had the ice tilted in its favor and fired a bunch of shots on goal, but Ringgold goalie Evan Cook answered each time.

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Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Horvat prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford baseball sets sights on winning section championship
There isn’t any question that Penn-Trafford baseball lost some talented players to graduation with all five departed seniors going on to play in college.

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North Allegheny goaltender Richard Karapandi makes a save in front of Bethel Park’s Luke McLinden during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA finals preview: Peters Township vs. North Allegheny
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Championship

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti collides with Montour’s Ethan Diffendal during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
PIHL Penguins Cup Class A finals preview: Montour vs. South Fayette
PIHL Penguins Cup Class A championship

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Penn-Trafford’s senior Madison Forsythe runs base drills during team softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Penn-Trafford softball prepares for tough section slate in Class 5A
When new alignments came out, Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little looked at who was going to be in the Warriors’ section and came to a quick conclusion.

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Pine-Richland’s Brandon Kushar uts a shot on Greater Latrobe goaltender Gage Handwork during the second period of their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL playoff capsule: Pine-Richland vs. Upper St. Clair
March 17, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Championship

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Tshiebwe, Kennedy Catholic use 2nd-half surge to oust Pine-Richland in PIAA 2nd round
March 13, 2019
For a half, Pine-Richland controlled the pace with a slow down offense and shot well enough from beyond the arc to go into halftime down only five to Class 6A’s No. 1 team, Kennedy Catholic.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker fires a shot between Hampton defenders during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup semifinals preview capsules
March 12, 2019
Class AA semifinals

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Gateway’s Evan Whiteside, junior, weight class 113. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway’s Whiteside, Hanisak gain experience at WPIAL championships
March 8, 2019
Gateway coach Ryan Sula saw improvement from Evan Whiteside in every area of his wrestling, but the one thing that stood out the most was the growing confidence in his 113-pound junior.

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Plum’s Vinny Citrano competes against Central Catholic Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at Plum.
Plum’s Citrano, Stecik cap season at WPIAL wrestling championships
As a freshman this year, Plum’s Vinny Citrano believed in himself every time he stepped on a mat, and it showed in his results. But before his first match at the WPIAL individual championships Feb. 28, the magnitude of the event set in.

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Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his second goal of the game during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Stewart’s 7 points lead Burrell to PIHL Division II 1st-round victory over Trinity
March 4, 2019
After Tyler Stewart skated around three Trinity players before depositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the game midway through the third period, Burrell hockey coach Max Rickard said he looked at one of his assistant coaches and just shook his head.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with her dad, coach Tim McConnell, after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley’s McConnells combine for another WPIAL title — this time girls
March 2, 2019
Tim McConnell thought back to eight years ago when he said someone made a comment to him that one day he’d coach his daughter, Megan.

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Spirnak lifts No. 5 Elizabeth Forward past upset-minded Quaker Valley in quarterfinals
February 21, 2019
With Quaker Valley pushing Elizabeth Forward to the edge late in the fourth quarter, Bri Spirnak did what she had been doing all game: She stayed tough and found a way to score.

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Knoch displays versatility, rolls past South Park in 1st round
February 20, 2019
Knoch has displayed an ability and willingness to get out and run the floor a little more than it has in the past, and that continued in a big way in the playoffs Wednesday night.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Stinelli (1) goes up for a shot against Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento (33) Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
February 15, 2019
Tuesday’s games

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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto won her first advanced division all-around WPIAL individual gymnastics championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Moon.
TJ’s Galioto, Moon’s Hoff headline WPIAL gymnast champs
Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto and her coaches did some quick calculations after she got finished with her final event, and the math showed she had put together her highest score all season.

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Riverview’s Annie Betler (right) pressures South Side Beaver’s Emily Bailey during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game.
South Side Beaver girls use 3rd-quarter surge to take down Riverview in 1st round
February 14, 2019
Riverview did pretty much everything a lower-seeded team would want to do in the first half.

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Sophia Beining works out with the Kiski Valley rugby team Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams advance to state championship games
May 18, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby advanced to the Rugby PA Club Division II championship game for the second consecutive season with a 32-5 win over North Penn on Saturday at Penn State Berks.

Read More...

Mars baseball shuts out Fox Chapel in 1st round
May 16, 2019
Fox Chapel coach Jim Hastings summed up how things went for his team Thursday with five words.

Read More...

Autumn Trempus works with coach Keith Erwin during the Kiski Valley rugby team’s practice Friday, April 26, 2019, in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby teams vying for state championships
May 13, 2019
In the last five years, Kiski Valley rugby has built its program to be on par with some of best in the state and last week reflected that when the girls and boys teams were awarded top seeds in their respective brackets.

Read More...

Alyssa Schofield is one of Plum’s top offensive players.
Plum softball not caught up in numbers game
May 10, 2019
Nearly half of the players in Plum softball’s lineup have batting averages at .400 or above, but none of them know it.

Read More...

Senior Sophia Beining is part of an experienced core for the the Kiski Valley rugby team.
Kiski Valley girls rugby team hoping for breakthrough
April 27, 2019
After three years of seeing the Kiski Valley girls rugby team finish as the state runner-up, Rilee Roach is ready to break through.

Read More...

Franklin Regional pitcher Mike Klingensmith talks with catcher Bryce Harper on the mound during their game on April 5, 2019, at Fox Chapel.
All systems rolling for Franklin Regional baseball
April 26, 2019
Franklin Regional baseball coach Bobby Sadler laughed and then paused for a few seconds when deciding if pitching or hitting was going better for his team.

Read More...

Greensburg Central Catholic pitcher Thomas Salley throws against Ligonier Valley on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ligonier Valley High School.
Tough nonsection slate paying off for Greensburg Central Catholic baseball
April 23, 2019
Going into the season with seven new starters, Greensburg Central Catholic baseball coach Dennis Reist beefed up the schedule with an early run of difficult nonsection opponents and hoped Mother Nature would cooperate.

Read More...

Shorthanded Penn-Trafford track teams eye individual success
April 5, 2019
For the second year in a row the Penn-Trafford boys and girls track teams have small rosters, but that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of talent.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford’s Ethan Good (35) goes to block during a North Allegheny tournament March 23, 2019 at North Allegheny.
Penn-Trafford boys volleyball aims for another section title
March 29, 2019
The Penn-Trafford boys volleyball team jumped right into the thick of an intense battle in its season opener Tuesday night, and that was exactly what Warriors coach Jim Schall wanted to see to get a better handle on his team.

Read More...

Kiski Valley’s Cam Taylor (left) works out with Andrew Bigler Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019, at Davis Field in Vandergrift.
Kiski Valley rugby gets boost from Buckheads transfers
March 28, 2019
Kiski Valley boys rugby coach Seth Erwin was already excited about the group he had returning from a team that was the state runner-up last year, and then he received some news in the offseason that made his roster even stronger.

Read More...

Deer Lakes’ Devin Reiher during practice Monday, March 25, 2019 at Deer Lakes High School.
New-look Deer Lakes boys volleyball team looks to maintain high standard of success
March 25, 2019
Deer Lakes boys volleyball coach Brady Schuller said he had a couple of curveballs thrown his way last year with some injuries to key players in a season that ended one win short of a second consecutive PIAA playoff berth.

Read More...

The North Allegheny hockey team shakes hands with La Salle College players after falling in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship game March 23, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
La Salle takes down North Allegheny in Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup championship
March 23, 2019
North Allegheny rolled into the second intermission break on the back of two late goals that got the Tigers tied with La Salle and looked to continue the momentum when they received a power play early in the third.

Read More...

Freeport’s Jalen Brown (right) competes during practice for the annual Cager Classic March 23, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Brown follows in mother’s footsteps with selection to Cager Classic
March 22, 2019
Jalen Brown paused a moment before describing the impact his mother, Eve VanDyke, has had on his life and his basketball career.

Read More...

Freshmen, sophomores to make quick impact for Springdale softball team
March 19, 2019
Springdale softball coach Anthony Pototo pointed to a few factors that went against his team last season: poor weather, a lack of pitching depth and a young team.

Read More...

Springdale’s Isaac Kern connects on a pitch during a scrimmage against Quigley Catholic Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at Springdale High School.
Springdale baseball to lean on young lineup during rebuilding season
After each practice, Springdale baseball coach Brett Burger tells his team to “be better tomorrow than they were today.”

Read More...

Ringgold’s Hunter Suarez celebrates with Justin Day after Day’s gamer winner to beat Burrell in the PIHL Division 2 Final Monday, March 18, 2019 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Cook, Ringgold edge No. 1 Burrell to claim PIHL Division II championship
March 18, 2019
With the score tied in the third period, Burrell had the ice tilted in its favor and fired a bunch of shots on goal, but Ringgold goalie Evan Cook answered each time.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford pitcher Tyler Horvat prepares for the 2019 season March 18, 2019 at Penn-Trafford.
Penn-Trafford baseball sets sights on winning section championship
There isn’t any question that Penn-Trafford baseball lost some talented players to graduation with all five departed seniors going on to play in college.

Read More...

North Allegheny goaltender Richard Karapandi makes a save in front of Bethel Park’s Luke McLinden during their Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinal Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA finals preview: Peters Township vs. North Allegheny
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Championship

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Freeport’s Nico DiSanti collides with Montour’s Ethan Diffendal during their game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Belmont Ice Complex.
PIHL Penguins Cup Class A finals preview: Montour vs. South Fayette
PIHL Penguins Cup Class A championship

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Penn-Trafford’s senior Madison Forsythe runs base drills during team softball practice at Penn-Trafford High School on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Penn-Trafford softball prepares for tough section slate in Class 5A
When new alignments came out, Penn-Trafford softball coach Denny Little looked at who was going to be in the Warriors’ section and came to a quick conclusion.

Read More...

Pine-Richland’s Brandon Kushar uts a shot on Greater Latrobe goaltender Gage Handwork during the second period of their Penguins Cup Class AA semifinal Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at RMU Island Sports Center.
PIHL playoff capsule: Pine-Richland vs. Upper St. Clair
March 17, 2019
PIHL Penguins Cup Class AA Championship

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Tshiebwe, Kennedy Catholic use 2nd-half surge to oust Pine-Richland in PIAA 2nd round
March 13, 2019
For a half, Pine-Richland controlled the pace with a slow down offense and shot well enough from beyond the arc to go into halftime down only five to Class 6A’s No. 1 team, Kennedy Catholic.

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Latrobe’s Alex Walker fires a shot between Hampton defenders during their PIHL first round playoff game Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Kirk S. Nevin Arena.
PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup semifinals preview capsules
March 12, 2019
Class AA semifinals

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Gateway’s Evan Whiteside, junior, weight class 113. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune Review
Gateway’s Whiteside, Hanisak gain experience at WPIAL championships
March 8, 2019
Gateway coach Ryan Sula saw improvement from Evan Whiteside in every area of his wrestling, but the one thing that stood out the most was the growing confidence in his 113-pound junior.

Read More...

Plum’s Vinny Citrano competes against Central Catholic Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at Plum.
Plum’s Citrano, Stecik cap season at WPIAL wrestling championships
As a freshman this year, Plum’s Vinny Citrano believed in himself every time he stepped on a mat, and it showed in his results. But before his first match at the WPIAL individual championships Feb. 28, the magnitude of the event set in.

Read More...

Burrell’s Tyler Stewart celebrates his second goal of the game during a PIHL first round playoff against Trinity Monday, Mar. 4, 2019, at Pittsburgh Ice Arena.
Stewart’s 7 points lead Burrell to PIHL Division II 1st-round victory over Trinity
March 4, 2019
After Tyler Stewart skated around three Trinity players before depositing the puck into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the game midway through the third period, Burrell hockey coach Max Rickard said he looked at one of his assistant coaches and just shook his head.

Read More...

Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with her dad, coach Tim McConnell, after defeating Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley’s McConnells combine for another WPIAL title — this time girls
March 2, 2019
Tim McConnell thought back to eight years ago when he said someone made a comment to him that one day he’d coach his daughter, Megan.

Read More...

Spirnak lifts No. 5 Elizabeth Forward past upset-minded Quaker Valley in quarterfinals
February 21, 2019
With Quaker Valley pushing Elizabeth Forward to the edge late in the fourth quarter, Bri Spirnak did what she had been doing all game: She stayed tough and found a way to score.

Read More...

Knoch displays versatility, rolls past South Park in 1st round
February 20, 2019
Knoch has displayed an ability and willingness to get out and run the floor a little more than it has in the past, and that continued in a big way in the playoffs Wednesday night.

Read More...

Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Stinelli (1) goes up for a shot against Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento (33) Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
February 15, 2019
Tuesday’s games

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Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto won her first advanced division all-around WPIAL individual gymnastics championship Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Moon.
TJ’s Galioto, Moon’s Hoff headline WPIAL gymnast champs
Thomas Jefferson gymnast Natalie Galioto and her coaches did some quick calculations after she got finished with her final event, and the math showed she had put together her highest score all season.

Read More...

Riverview’s Annie Betler (right) pressures South Side Beaver’s Emily Bailey during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game.
South Side Beaver girls use 3rd-quarter surge to take down Riverview in 1st round
February 14, 2019
Riverview did pretty much everything a lower-seeded team would want to do in the first half.

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