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What’s Up With The Storm?

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By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

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Hats off to the Stuart Cramer Storm as they picked up their first ever football win at the new school.  Hopefully it will be the first of many to come in the future.  Stuart Cramer blasted Highland Tech 52-0 for the win.  With the win the school became the fastest school in the Gaston County all time record to pick up their first victory.  The school is basically made up of freshmen and sophomores.  They’ll seek win number two Friday night at Ashbrook.

Cherryville’s Stephen Dellinger captured the Gaston County Amateur Golf Tournament last weekend.  It was his first ever appearance in the tournament.  Dellinger finished five under par to win by 11 strokes over Brad Mulkey.  Dellinger is a 2007 graduate of Cherryville High School and is an N.C. State graduate.  Joe Davis captured the senior championship winning by 17 strokes over tom Polito.  The event raised over $46,000 for Cancer Services of Gaston County.

The Shelby High Cross Country event was held last week.  For the boys, Landrum placed first followed by Polk County, Forestview, Shelby and Freedom.  Blanton Gillespie of Shelby was the top boys athlete.  For the girls, East Lincoln placed first followed by Landrum, West Lincoln, Polk County and Shelby.  Frances Massey of East Lincoln was the top girls athlete.

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Friday Night Lights, WIN!

By Andrey S Bush  (Overall 36-16 / Last Week 5-3)

Another week in the books for area teams, and there are some good and bad things to look forward to for some teams due to key injuries.  Its never good to see a player hurt but in a sport as physical as football injury is sometimes unavoidable.  One key injury for week 6 will be the status of Kings Mountains quarterback Brandon Bell and if he will try and play or sit when the Mountaineers take on the Shelby Golden Lions in the Jungle.  The game will be a big early season SMAC matchup.  The Mountaineers looking to improve to 5-0 while the Golden Lions are looking to iron out some wrinkles and make a statement to those who are doubting their skill set to return and defend their state title.  The summer weather is making its way out of town so the Friday night tremperatures will be dropping to a more comfortable game time temperature.  With the heat no longer a factor with players playing both sides of the ball the focus can be placed elsewhere.  This week should be a great open to the Fall season, so tune in or go out and enjoy some Football Friday. For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!


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The East Lincoln Mustangs had their bye week last week and will be back into action against the Bandys Trojans Friday.  The Mustangs are currently ranked #6 in the state on the heels of the Shelby who is one spot ahead of them at #5.  The Trojans, on the other side of ball, are having an impressive season of their own with only one loss and three wins.  The Trojans will present a problem for the Mustang defense who has seen their struggles throughout the season but seems to get it done every Friday night.  The defense will need to stay disciplined against this balanced attack of the Trojans who average around 350 yards of total offense a game.  With a leader and athlete like Chazz Surratt this should be a fast start and quick finish for the Mustangs on their way to a 5-0 record and a repositioning in the State rankings.

PARKWOOD REBELS @ Cherryville Ironmen

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The Ironmen took one on the cheek last week to East Gaston, a game in which I thought the Ironmen and their pass game would come out victors.  This week the Ironmen will be back in front of their home crowd hosting the Parkwood Rebels from Monroe, NC.  On paper these two teams matchup very well and should make for a very close battle that may come down to who wins the turnover battle and clock management.

East Burke Cavaliers @ BURNS BULLDOGS

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The rebuilding Bulldogs took a tough SMAC beatdown in Kings Mountain to the Mountaineers 28-0 last week.  The Bulldogs, despite their record and current rebuilding status, brought a big crowd from Lawndale and drew a large crowd in Kings Mountain for a game that started out close but ended in a Mounty win.  The Bulldogs will be at home against a opponent that has seen there own struggles to start the season, the East Burke Cavaliers.  Both teams come into Friday with just one win on the season looking to add another to the win column and hopefully create something to build off of moving forward.  Burns played last week without starting quarterback Cameron Barbee due to illness.  Hopefully he will be back in action to help lead his Bulldogs to victory.

Kings Mountain Mountaineers @ Shelby Golden Lions

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The Mountaineer fans have been waiting for this early test against the defending State Champs.  When you look at the schedule you wouldn’t expect the under dog to be the Golden Lions but every thing points in the direction of the Mountaineers for the win.  With the tough defense of the Mountaineers and the flustered offense of the Golden Lions it could be a long night in Jungle.  The down side for Kings Mountain will be the availability of Brandon Bell who went out the game early in their win against Burns last week with a dislocated shoulder.  His status is still unknown, but im sure Coach Ware, Shelby Head Coach, is preparing for Bell to be in the lineup just in case.  When you go up against an opponent like Shelby despite their record you like to have all your weapons on board and unfortunately that may not be the case for the beat up Mountaineers.

RS Central Hilltoppers @ CREST CHARGERS

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The Chargers have been very impressive this season led by a very physical hard hitting defense.  A defense thats only allowing on average 5 points a game.  The offense has been complimenting defense coming out and performing with such outstanding efficiency led by quarterback Willie Green.  The Hilltoppers will be without their leader quarterback Tyrese Tate, and without Tate the Hilltoppers stand no chance against the Mighty Charger Defense.




BESSEMER CITY @ Higland Tech

SOUTH POINT @ East Gaston

FORESTVIEW @ Lake Norman Charter

NORTH GASTON @ Hunter Huss

NORTH LINCOLN @ South Iredell

What’s Up With The Stormy Weather?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

It had to be one of the craziest nights of high school football ever in our area.  In over 35 years of broadcasting sports I don’t think there has ever been a night like last Friday night.  As the Four Seasons  sang “O What a Night” along with B.J. Thomas and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and Garth Brooks with “the Thunder Rolls”!  It did all that and more.  The storms ended the Crest game at halftime  and they called it a final.  Ashbrook lost by a baseball score of 6-2 and decided not to return to finish at T.C. Roberson.   Lincolnton and East Gaston got 4 minutes in.  Shelby and RS Central got 5 minutes in.  West Lincoln and Fred T. Foard waited until about midnight and decided to call it a day and come back Saturday.  Burns and Chase needed 11 minutes to go.  Cherryville, North Gaston, East Lincoln and Forestview played to halftime.  Bessemer City and Stuart Cramer played one half and called it a game.  Newton Conover and Freedom fought to a 13-13 tie and decided to leave it like that.  And believe it or not, Kings Mountain and East Rutherford played their entire game!   What a Night it was.  We had make- up games on both Saturday and Monday nights.  Check this week’s What’s Up Shopper Power Standings and see if your team is there.

Hats off to former Burns Bulldog Darius Ramsey.  Ramsey who plays for Western Carolina was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 88 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the Catamounts 45-21 win last week over Brevard.

Congratulations to Burns head football coach Ron Senseney.  Senseney picked up his first coaching win at Burns with a 20-3 win over Chase.  It was also his 100th career coaching win.

Gardner Webb quarterback Tyrell Maxwell has been named the Big South Conference Freshman of the Week.  Maxwell came off the bench and led the Bulldogs to a touchdown and rushing for 62 yards.  The Bulldogs will be home against Virginia University-Lynchburg this Saturday at 6:00 pm.

Congratulations to Gastonia’s Victor Wiggins.  Wiggins took medalist honors in his first match for the Charlotte 49ers golf team in the Gopher Invitational.  He shot three under par 208 to win by four strokes.  The 49ers placed third in the 15 team field.

Hats off to John McClain.  McClain scored his first ever hole in one at the Catawba Creek Golf Crouse in Gastonia.  He aced the number 2, 140 yard hole with a 7 iron.  Adam McClain witnessed the shot.

Hunter Huss’ Seth Jones has set a Gaston County soccer scoring record.  He  now has 103 career goals.  Aladen Brooks of Ashbrook previously held the record with 101.

Finally, we’re going to re-name our power poll to the What’s Up Shopper Power Standings.  Keep in mind the standings are based first on wins vs. losses.  Then points allowed and if needed point differential.  Howerver, head to head matches will break two team ties before defense.  Keep up with the local high school standings all year long.


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The Time to Define?

By Andrey S Bush

There was a lot of mayhem that went on last Friday night.  There were games postponed and delayed all over the area due to lightning storms.  The lightning forced some games to be played on Monday.  The weather this week should be no problem, and that means a good start to some tough conference matchups.  Conference play is where it really counts, by this time in the season as a team your identity has been discovered and the game plan falls in place with your strengths on offense and your execution of defense.  So lets dive into my picks for the week of “The Time To Define?” For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!

West Lincoln Rebels @ LINCOLNTON WOLVES

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This will be a tough matchup in Lincoln County when the Rebels load up and take a short bus ride to Lincolnton High School to take on the Wolves.  The Wolves and Rebels were amongst the teams that had their Friday action postponed until this past Monday, when action was resumed.  The Rebels 14 point deficit was too much to bounce back from against Fred T Foard, while the Wolves already leading East Gaston when game action was suspended went on to win their game and improve their record to 3-1.  This will be a very physical matchup of Mack George of West Lincoln vs Darian Roseboro of Lincolnton.  Which stud will make the biggest difference for their team.

HIGHLAND TECH RAMS @ Stuart Cramer Storm

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When coaches look down the schedule they look for the games that are winnable and those that are going to be a toss up.  This week both programs Highland and Stuart Cramer has this game circled for a possible win.  The Rams and Storm are both winless on the season and would like to get a early season win to boost the morale of the team.  This matchup of the winless leans heavily in the favor of the Rams only because they are more experienced and have the capability to put points on the board.  The Storm, on the season, has only scored 13 points averaging 4.3 a game.  That’s not enough to get the job done against a more experienced team like the Rams.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ East Gaston Warriors

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Cherryville resumed their game Monday against North Gaston at halftime where they were trailing by one point 7-6.  They outcome of the game went to the favor of the Wildcats 24-12.  This week the Ironmen will be back on the road to take on the East Gaston Warriors.  On the year the struggle for the Ironmen has been turnovers and a struggling defense which puts your team into a state of inconsistency.  This week they will be up against a Warrior team that has had problems of their own. They have still yet to collect a win.  The Ironmen and their explosive pass game anchored by Grant Henderson and wideouts Rhyer Davis and Andrew Thompson should have a big game in Mt Holly.


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The Bulldogs got it done against the Chase Trojans at home getting their first win of the season, a much needed moral booster to their program.  This week they will be travelling to take on the those mighty Mountaineers down in Kings Mountain.  Coach Greg Lloyd has his Mountaineers playing well this season off to a 4-0 start.  The most impressive thing about the undefeated start is that they’ve only played one home game. It speaks a lot for your team when you start your season on the road with no losses.  In the SMAC these two teams always play it close so don’t let the teams records say any different.


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The Shelby Golden Lions resumed their game Monday with 5:51 to play in the 1st quarter against a tough RS Central bunch that gave the Lions all they could handle before RJ George and the run game finally got on track.  The Golden Lions this week will be on the road against the Trojans who always believe that they are one of the top teams in the SMAC despite their position in the standings.  It will be a short week of practice for both teams but after a loss to Burns Monday the Trojans find that the struggle will only get worse hosting the Lions.


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The Chargers starters had short duties last week when they played Draughn beating them 35-0 before having the game suspended due to lightning.  Unlike the other games that were suspended and then replayed on Monday the coaches decided Crest the winner of this contest at the point of suspension.  This week the Chargers will be at home hosting TC Roberson.  Its a safe bet for top ranked 3A team in the state to come out and pick up where they left off last week.  This matchup will end in another short tour of duty for the starters when the Chargers led by a stingy defense and a explosive offense gets the gears turning.


Bessemer City @ NORTH LINCOLN


OPEN: Ashbrook, East Lincoln,

Forestview, Hunter Huss, North Gaston

Whats Up with keeping shelby beautiful

Keep Shelby Beautiful Presents the September, 2014

Appearance Awards to


2013 Willis Drive - Shelby, NC


Chik-Fil-A  - Shelby, NC

Shelby, NC, August 8th, 2014 —The September 2014 Commercial Appearance Award was received by  Chic-Fil-A, located at 719 East Dixon Boulevard,  due to their continued improvements and maintenance to their landscape and building.  A Chic-Fil-A employee searches for and removes litter from the property daily, hanging planters adorn the exterior wall along the drive through and fresh flowers are replaced weekly at the customer tables.  These are just a few reasons why the Appearance Committee feels that Chic-Fil-A deserves the September Commercial Appearance Award.  If you find yourself at Chic-Fil-A this month, let them know how much you appreciate all their hard work to enhance and preserve our community’s appearance.

The September 2014 Residential Appearance Award was received by Jimmy and Vicki Willis, residing at 2013 Willis Drive.  With the meticulously maintained landscape and structures, this property is a shining example of what the Appearance Award represents. These properties were eligible for the award because they met the following criteria:

The properties enhance the appearance of their surrounding areas.

The properties contain building, landscape and appearance improvements.

The properties consistently maintain a high quality landscape that contributes to the City’s image.

The properties that were nominated were unanimously accepted to receive the appearance award by the KSB Board.  The beauty and attention to detail of the winning properties surpasses the guidelines for receiving this exclusive appearance award. Keep Shelby Beautiful is very grateful to all that contribute to the properties, for their hard work and dedication to help keep Shelby beautiful.

Keep Shelby Beautiful encourages anyone with a nomination for a commercial or residential appearance award to send them to the Keep Shelby Beautiful Coordinator, Jordan Tubbs, at PO Box 207, Shelby, NC 28151 or email to  jordan.tubbs@cityofshelby.com jordan.tubbs@cityofshelby.com or call 704-484-6829.

Whats up with the grand re-opening


Thursday Sept 11 at 11:30am Janie Jones, owner of Twice Upon A Time Antique & Artisian Mall celebrated the grand reopening of her business as the first multivendor business in Downtown Cherryville.  The Mall features antiques and handmade items from Artisians in the area.

For more information you can reach Janie Jones at 716-640-4036.


By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

How would you like for your school to lose 139 straight games?  That’s what happened at York Chester.  The school had lost 139 straight girls softball games before pulling out a big 20-8 win over Grier.  The win broke the longest streak in Gaston County history as reported by Gaston Gazette reporter Richard Walker.  Their last girl’s softball win came on August 29th, 2000 when the girls downed Bessemer City 18-17.  On one other note, the York Chester baseball team lost 105 baseball games between 1994 and 2005.  Yes, streaks are made to be broken!

Two Gastonia natives have been inducted into the North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame.  James Bowden of Ashbrook and Barry Turner of Hunter Huss were both inducted.   Bowden was the Aggie’s leading receiver in 1995 and is sixth in school history with career receiving yardage.  Turner played  from 1990 to 1992 and was the team’s leading rusher in 1991 and leading receiver in 1993.  Turner is fourth in school history in career rushing yardage.

Former Forestview basketball star Kelsey Harris has been selected to take part in the Sport Changes Life Foundation.  Harris is an Elon graduate and will take part in a 10 month program in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  She was an All-Southern Conference selection at Elon and scored over 1000 career points.

Shelby lost a baseball legend last week in the passing of 87 year old Roger McKee.  Some say he was the best left handed pitcher to come out of the Shelby area.  McKee pitched in the 1940s for the Philadelphia Phillies and is member of the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame.  McKee played on the Shelby Post 82 state championship team in 1942 and was the winning pitcher in the state championship game.

Several area teams were in the Top Ten Associated Press High School Football Poll.  Butler was the top ranked 4A team.  The Crest Chargers are the top ranked 3A team with Forestview 10th.  Shelby is the top ranked 2A team with East Lincoln 6th and Newton-Conover 10th.  Wallace Rose Hill was the top ranked 1A team.

Former Lincolnton football star C.J. Wilson was cut last week by the Chicago Bears.  Wilson was signed as a free agent in 2013.

The sites have been set for this year’s High School State Finals.  Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh will host the 1A, 1AA, 3A and 3AA games.  BB&T Field in Winston-Salem will host the 2A, 2AA, 4A and 4AA games.  One game will be played on Friday night, December 12th with the all the other games on Saturday.  Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill will not be available this year because of work that is being done on the field.  It will be the first time since 1989 that Chapel Hill has not hosted a state playoff final game.


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By Andrey S Bush

There was some good action last week in prep football.  South Point avoided a change in history books of a 0-3 start by knocking off defending State Champs Shelby Golden Lions, delivering Shelby their first loss of the season.  My predictions took a beating last week.  The loss to South Point was definitely an upset to my predictions along side the Mountaineers, Rebels and Huskies winning. I finished the week 5-4, over the magic crystal ball of knowledge.  But, last week is behind us and a new slate of games are on the board. For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses  Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!


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The West Lincoln Rebels had an explosion last week on offense against the Cherryville Ironmen beating them 60-38 on the road.  The Rebels will be home in front of their fans and student body to try and repeat in the win column.  The Tigers will have their problems cut out trying to stop Charles Mack George who carried the ball 33 times for 268 yards against the Ironmen.  George proved that he’s a load to bring down with arm tackles.  It will be a running affair in West Lincoln.  Look out for the the “Mack” truck.


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Its hard to win games when you have turnovers.  The Yellow Jackets last week turned the ball over to the opposing team four times.  They had six fumbles but managed to recover three of them, and also added a interception to get to the four turnovers.  This week they will be home against the newly started program Stuart Cramer.  The experience of the defending Yellow Jackets should coast them to a easy win over the Storm behind the legs of Cedric Mackey who despite the loss last week managed to finish the game over the century mark carrrying the ball 23 times for 118 yards.  Mackey’s teammate, Tyler Bess came close to crossing the mark finishing with 87 yards.

CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ North Gaston Wildcats

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Its one thing to lose to your rival but its another situation to lose in the fashion that the Ironmen did last week 60-38 at home.  The defense really had problems trying to control Mack George who just ran the ball with malice.  This week they will be going to Wildcat country to tame the cats.  The Ironmen’s bright spot week to week has definitely been their ability to pass the ball, a different look from last year when they were more of a running team with RJ Abernethy.  Short term memory is the name of the game so for the Ironmen, get last week out their heads and take it to the Wildcats.

Chase Trojans @ BURNS BULLDOGS

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The Bulldogs are looking for their first win this week against the Trojans.  The Bulldogs are still in the process of building their identity on offense, which puts a lot on the back of the defense.  The defense has been the formula for success for the bulldogs over the past few years but with the graduating of seniors and the loss of some key players its needed more than ever.  Last week they appeared to have found some momentum on offense to build on for this weeks action at home.  Beware of the dogs running loose in their backyard this week against the Trojans.

RS Central Hilltoppers @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS

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Well what can be said for the Golden Lions losing to South Point last week at home.  The Red Raiders were a struggling team on the ropes coming into last week but left out of Shelby with a great feeling, a victory.  Last weeks victory kept the Raiders from the worst school start since 1996.  The Golden Lions watched another opportunity to defeat the Red Raiders fall through their fingers, losing to them the year before while on their way to a State Championship.  This week the Golden Lions will be back at home to get things back on track against the Hilltoppers.  I expect execution on offense and discipline on defense for Shelby after losing last week at home.

CREST CHARGERS @ Draughn Wildcats

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The Chargers had a bye week last week to rest some early season bruises and iron out the wrinkles in the game plan.  The Chargers, coming off the bye, will be on the road to take on the win-less Draughn Wildcats.  This will be a early exit for the starters and some playing time for the bench players.  The Wildcats in three games has surrendered 125 points, and this Crest team (currently ranked #1 in the State) has one its best all-around offensive attacks that they’ve suited up in years.


Ashbrook Greenwave @ TC ROBERSON RAMS

Forestview Jaguars @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS

LINCOLNTON WOLVES @ East Gaston Warriors

HUNTER HUSS HUSKIES @ Rocky River Ravens

Highland Tech Rams @ LAKE NORMAN KNIGHTS

KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS @ East Rutherford Cavailiers

What’s Up With Local Golf?

By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc
By Calvin Hastings - KTC Broadcasting, Inc

Local Sports with Calvin

It’s that time of the year when many area golf tournaments are underway.  I, myself will be participating next Wednesday in the 34th annual Paul Porter Memorial for the Cleveland/Rutherford Kidney Association.  The event will be played at the Riverbend YMCA Golf Crouse.  It is held in memory of River Bend Acres founder Paul Porter.  You still have time to enter.  Just call Phil Wallace at River Bend at 704-482-4286.

Shelby golfer Tripp Boinest has qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur  Championship September 13-18 at the Big Canyon Golf Club in Newport Beach, California.  Boniest shot a 69 to earn his shot at the Duke University Golf Club.

Ashbrook placed first in a non conference golf match at the Kings Mountain Golf Club.  Kings Mountain’s Madison Lutz took medalist honors with a 41.

The Gaston County Amateur Golf Tournament is set for September 19-21 at the Catawba Creek Golf Club and the Gaston Country Club.  Entry forms are available at Cancer Services in Gastonia, the Catawba Creek Golf Club, the Gaston Country Club and Pine Island Country Club.  For more information you can contact Stephanie Roberts at 704-864-1271.

Lincolnton defensive end Darian Roseboro announced last week that he is headed to Michigan to play football.  Roseboro is a four star recruit and selected Michigan over Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee.  He was named last year’s defensive player of the year after recording 125 tackles and 10 sacks.  Lincolnton coach Scott Cloninger said Roseboro was the most highly recruited player in school history.


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