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Columbus Catholic boys basketball cruises past Colby

Posted on 19 January 2018 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team improved to 8-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division with a resounding 79-41 win over Colby on Friday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

The Dons (11-2 overall) rolled out a 53-14 lead by halftime on their way to the victory.

Nick Malovrh scored 24 points and Jarred Mandel added 13 for Columbus, which had 11 different players score in the win.

Columbus Catholic plays at Loyal on Monday.

Dons 79, Hornets 41
Colby 14 27 – 41
Columbus Catholic 53 26 – 79
COLBY (41):
Tony Ortega 2, Armando Campa 6, Nate Meyer 6, Matthew Roth 7, Sawyer Stuttgen 1, Lucas Bruesewitz 6, Matthew Stewart 10, Daniel Mesa 3. Record: 1-12, 1-8 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (79): Evan Dieringer 6, Nick Hutchison 2, Will Boyer 3, Peyton Nystrom 6, Nick Malovrh 24, Bryce Fuerlinger 4, Noah Taylor 5, Ethan Meece 7, Tom Nystrom 7, Noah Hansen 2, Jarred Mandel 13. Record: 11-2, 8-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball starts strong, holds off Neillsville

Posted on 16 January 2018 by paul

Columbus Catholic’s Nick Malovrh drives to the basket during the first half of the Dons’ win over Neillsville on Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team faces its toughest tests during the next week in its quest for a third-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division title.

Columbus Catholic, Neillsville and Loyal entered Cloverbelt East play Tuesday all unbeaten in the conference, and following play, the Dons are the only one left standing.

The Dons used a 15-0 run early in the game to open a big lead and held on from there, dowing Neillsville 72-60 at Columbus Catholic High School.

Columbus Catholic is now 10-2 overall and 7-0 in the Cloverbelt East, while Neillsville falls to 8-2 and 5-1 in the conference. Owen-Withee topped Loyal 45-40 on Tuesday, knocking the Greyhounds to 5-1 in the conference. Columbus plays at Loyal next Monday.

Nick Malovrh was 6-for-8 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free throw line in the first half as he scored 16 of his game-high 23 points as the Dons took a 40-20 lead into halftime.

The Dons went on a 15-0 run, which included back-to-back baskets from Bryce Fuerlinger and two-point and three-point baskets by Ethan Meece, to grab a 17-3 advantage 6 minutes into the game.

Neillsville cut it to 19-13 on a 3-pointer from Noah Henchen and a basket by Braden Trunkel, but the Dons finished the half strong, holding the Warriors without a basket from the field for more than 4 minutes.

Columbus closed the half on a 13-2 run, with Neillsville’s only points coming on a pair of free throws from Hunter Hand with 1:20 to go.

“I thought in the first half we played really well as a group,” Columbus coach Joe Konieczny said. “I thought Nick Malovrh and Jarred Mandel handled (Neillsville’s) triangle-and-two (defense) well. I give Neillsville a ton of credit. I think at halftime they adjusted a little bit, they weren’t so focused on those two, and really caused us some havoc.”

Columbus scored just two points over a 6-minute stretch as the Warriors closed to within 48-37 on a three-point play by Alex King and two hoops from Logan Matson.

Neillsville got as close as eight at 54-46 with 6:23 to go, but couldn’t make up any more ground.

The Dons made 10 of 14 free throws in the final 5:54 to hold on.

Noah Taylor finished with 11 points, and Meece and Fuerlinger each had 10 points, with Fuerlinger grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds for the Dons.

Matson led Neillsville with 13 points and King chipped in 11.

“Noah Hansen had three or four really big finishes in the second half when they cut it to 10 or 12, and we did just enough sharing the basketball and making free throws. We played a really good team with a nice winning streak and came out with a win. I’m really proud of our boys.”

Columbus hosts Colby on Friday before its game at Loyal on Monday.

Dons 72, Warriors 60
Neillsville 20 40 – 60
Columbus Catholic 40 32 – 72
NEILLSVILLE (60):
Hunter Hand 3-9 4-8 10, Isaac Weiers 0-2 0-0 0, Braden Trunkel 2-3 3-3 7, Noah Henchen 3-5 0-0 9, Alex King 3-11 4-5 11, Monte Diestler 3-7 2-2 10, Dominic Elmhorst 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Mayer 0-0 0-0 0, Joe Katcher 0-1 0-0 0, Logan Matson 4-11 5-11 13. FG: 18-49. FT: 18-29. 3-pointers: 6-17 (Henchen 3-4, Diestler 2-3 King 1-4, Matson 0-3, Weiers 0-2, Hand 0-1). Rebounds: 28 (Matson 7). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Trunkel, Matson. Record: 8-2, 5-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (72): Evan Dieringer 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Hutchison 0-2 0-0 0, Peyton Nystrom 0-2 2-2 2, Nick Malovrh 8-11 5-5 23, Bryce Fuerlinger 4-6 2-2 10, Noah Taylor 3-12 5-6 11, Ethan Meece 4-7 0-2 10, Noah Hansen 4-6 1-2 9, Jarred Mandel 3-8 1-5 7. FG: 26-55. FT: 16-24. 3-pointers: 4-18 (Meece 2-3, Malovrh 2-5, Nystrom 0-1, Dieringer 0-1, Fuerlinger 0-1, Hutchison 0-2, Taylor 0-2, Mandel 0-3). Rebounds: 34 (Fuerlinger 12). Turnovers: 19. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Mandel, Meece. Record: 10-2, 7-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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Marathon pulls away in second half to beat Columbus Catholic boys basketball

Posted on 08 January 2018 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – Perennial heavyweights Marathon and Marshfield Columbus Catholic, both highly-ranked in their respective divisions, went at it at Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School on Monday night and they didn’t disappoint.

In the end, Marathon’s size and strength won out as the Red Raiders downed the Dons 78-63.

The Red Raiders, ranked fifth in the state by Wissports.com in Division 4, and Columbus ranked second in Division 5, each came into the game with just one loss and a nine-game winning streak.

The Dons (9-2) ran out to an early lead led by Jarred Mandel’s eight points, which included a pair of 3-pointers, but Marathon had an answer with about 8 minutes left in the first half. That’s when the visitors caught fire, hitting seven consecutive shots that included four 3-pointers and three in a row at one point.

That hot streak propelled the Raiders (11-1) to a four-point lead at the half at 38-34.

“They had some guys hit some threes in that first half,” said Columbus coach Joe Konieczny. “We got up 10 or 11 and they hit some big outside shots. We were a little wary of their shooters after that.”

Perhaps with an eye on that outside shooting, the Dons failed to protect the rim and the 6-foot-5 Nathan Stoffel went wild after intermission, making 7 of 8 shots in the second half. He was 11-for-15 from the field in the game with a game-high 23 points.

“Then they got Stoffel a touch every time down,” Konieczny said. “He just physically did anything he wanted to do. It’s a really good team we played and we can definitely learn from it.”

Stoffel’s teammate Carter Hanke pitched in 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting and Donovan Free added 12.

The Dons ended up playing catch-up and had a hard time with the Red Raiders’ length, settling for 3-pointers of which they made just 9 of 31.

The Raiders seem to pay a lot of attention to Nick Malovrh and rightly so, as the sharp-shooter came into the contest averaging 20.3 points per game. Malovrh was held to just three points in the first half, finishing with 15 for the game on 5 of 17 shooting. Mandel added 15 on 6 of 15 shooting and Noah Taylor added 13.

“We schedule these games because we want to play teams like Marathon,” Konieczny said. “I think our nonconference schedule is going to benefit us long term.”

Columbus Catholic returns to Cloverbelt Conference East Division action Thursday at Loyal. Columbus is 6-0 and Loyal 5-0 in conference play.

Red Raiders 78, Dons 63
Marathon 38 40 – 78
Columbus Catholic 34 29 – 63
MARATHON (78):
Justin Lemke 5, Clarke Mouw 3, Kaiden Turnquist 9, Cameron Schilling 9, Nathan Stoffel 23, Carter Hanke 17, Donovan Free 12. FG: 28-51. 3-pointers: 8-19 (Turnquist 2, Lemke, Mouw, Schilling, Hanke). FT: 16-27. Turnovers: 10. Fouled out: none. Record: 11-1.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (63): Nick Malovrh 15, Bryce Fuerlinger 5, Noah Taylor 13, Ethan Meece 6, Noah Hansen 9, Jarred Mandel 15. FG: 25-61, 3-pointers: 9-31 (Malovrh 5, Mandel 3, Taylor). FT: 4-7. Turnovers: 13. Fouled out: Hansen. Record: 9-2.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball pulls past Greenwood, wins ninth straight

Posted on 05 January 2018 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team outscored Greenwood by 18 points in the second half to beat the Indians 63-41 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game Friday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

Columbus Catholic led 29-25 at halftime before blowing the game open in the second half, holding Greenwood to just 16 points.

Nick Malovrh had 16 points and Noah Taylor added 14 points for the Dons, who have won nine games in a row and are now 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the Cloverbelt East.

Columbus Catholic hosts Marawood Conference South Division co-leader Marathon in a nonconference game Monday night at 7:15 p.m.

Dons 63, Indians 41
Greenwood 25 16 – 41
Columbus Catholic 29 34 – 63
GREENWOOD (41):
Treyton Thomas 2, Cole Zimbauer 8, Tragen Bogdonovich 6, Trenton Klabon 3, Hoffman 3, Devin Toburen 5, Braiden Pedretti 2, Walker Suda 3, Alex Zimbauer 9. Record: 5-5, 2-4 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (63): Nick Malovrh 16, Evan Dieringer 2, Nick Hutchison 2, Bryce Fuerlinger 9, Noah Taylor 14, Ethan Meece 6, Noah Hansen 6, Jarred Mandel 8. Record: 9-1, 6-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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College roundup: Updates on Fravert, Fleischmann, Fehrenbach

Posted on 03 January 2018 by paul

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By Paul Lecker
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A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country.

Periodically, MarshfieldAreaSports.com will publish a College Sports Roundup updating readers of some of those local athletes’ exploits at the collegiate level.

Adam Fravert

Fravert starting at UW-Oshkosh
Adam Fravert, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield High School, is a sophomore on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh men’s basketball team.

Fravert has started all 11 games for the Titans, who were 10-1. After winning their first 10 games, the Titans suffered an 83-80 loss to Ripon on Dec. 30.

The 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 55.9 percent overall from the field. Fravert scored a season-high 25 points in an 87-50 win over St. Mary’s (Minn.) on Dec. 29, and had 22 points, making 10 of 13 free throws and a pair of 3-pointers, in a 12-point win over Edgewood College on Nov. 22.

Ema Fehrenbach

Jared Fleischmann

Fehrenbach, Fleischmann playing at Viterbo
Ema Fehrenbach, a 2017 graduate of Marshfield High School, is a freshman on the Viterbo University women’s basketball team in La Crosse.

Fehrenbach, a Wisconsin Valley Conference Player of the Year for Marshfield last season, has played in seven games for Viterbo, averaging 12 minutes, 2.4 points, and 2.1 rebounds per game.

The Viterbo women’s team is off to a 4-11 start.

Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Columbus Catholic High School, is a senior on Viterbo’s men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann, a 6-foot guard, has started all 15 games this season for the V-Hawks, averaging 30.7 minutes, 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He leads Viterbo (8-7) with 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game, and is shooting a team-best 82.1 percent from the free throw line.

Both the Viterbo men’s and women’s teams play at Mayville State (N.D.) on Jan. 5.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball wins at Wild Rose

Posted on 29 December 2017 by paul

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WILD ROSE – Three Columbus Catholic players scored in double figures as the Dons pulled past Wild Rose 69-56 in a nonconference boys basketball game Thursday night at Wild Rose High School.

Jarred Mandel scored 18 points, and Noah Hansen and Nick Malovrh each added 16 points for the Dons, who are now 8-1 after winning their eighth game in a row.

Bryce Fuerlinger and Noah Taylor each added nine points for Columbus in the win.

Alec Vandecastle scored a game-high 26 points for Wild Rose (5-3).

Columbus Catholic returns to action Jan. 5 with a Cloverbelt Conference East Division home game against Greenwood. The game will be broadcast on WOSQ-FM 92.3 and wdlbwosq.com beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Dons 69, Wildcats 56
Columbus Catholic 31 38 – 69
Wild Rose 26 30 – 56
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (69):
Evan Dieringer 1, Nick Malovrh 16, Bryce Fuerlinger 9, Noah Taylor 9, Noah Hansen 16, Jarred Mandel 18. Record: 8-1.
WILD ROSE (56): Alec Vandecastle 26, Colton Hansen 5, David Launtza 5, Caleb Williams 14, Travis Jansen 4, Jeremiah Churdville 2. Record: 5-3.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball whips Gilman

Posted on 21 December 2017 by paul

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GILMAN – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team used a big first half to roll to its seventh-straight victory, a 75-43 win at Gilman on Thursday night.

The Dons ran out to a 43-16 lead by halftime and are now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division. Gilman drops to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

Eleven different Columbus Catholic players scored in the victory, led by senior guard Nick Malovrh, who scored 28 points. Jarred Mandel added 12 for the Dons.

Columbus Catholic has a week off before playing a nonconference game at Wild Rose on Dec. 28.

Dons 75, Pirates 43
Columbus Catholic 43 32 – 75
Gilman 16 27 – 43
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (75):
Evan Dieringer 7, Nick Hutchison 3, Zach Olson 2, Nick Malovrh 28, Bryce Fuerlinger 6, Noah Taylor 6, Ethan Meece 5, Tom Nystrom 2, Noah Hansen 4, Jarred Mandel 12. Record: 7-1, 5-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
GILMAN (43): Elliot Wininger 9, Jordan Goebel 3, Trevor Schmitt 7, Dallas Skabroud 15, Aaron Nagel 9. Record: 2-5, 2-4 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball beats Owen-Withee for sixth-straight win

Posted on 15 December 2017 by paul

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team took control early, opening up a 24-point lead by halftime, on its way to a 62-45 victory over Owen-Withee on Friday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

The Dons (6-1, 4-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division) opened up a 41-17 lead by halftime and went on to their sixth-straight win.

Nick Malovrh had 20 points, and Jarred Mandel and Noah Taylor each added 12 points for Columbus Catholic.

Brandon Bennett led Owen-Withee (3-4, 3-2 Cloverbelt East) with 18 points.

The Dons return to action Thursday at Gilman.

Dons 62, Blackhawks 45
OWEN-WITHEE (45):
Marcus Ackerman 2, Mark Kitlica 8, Brandon Bennett 18, Kevin Kitlica 2, Dylan Tomczak 3, A.J. Ovyn 6, Derek Hubbard 6. Record: 3-4, 3-2 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (62): Nick Malovrh 20, Jarred Mandel 12, Noah Taylor 12, Bryce Fuerlinger 6, Noah Hansen 6, Nick Hutchison 2, Matt Olson 2, Ethan Meece 2. Record: 6-1, 4-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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Quick start lifts Columbus Catholic boys basketball past Auburndale

Posted on 12 December 2017 by paul

Columbus Catholic’s Noah Taylor shoots a jumper during the Dons’ win over Auburndale on Tuesday at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Auburndale’s Cooper Weinfurter drives inside for a shot during Tuesday’s game at Columbus Catholic High School. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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MARSHFIELD – Columbus Catholic came out firing on all cylinders and made quick work of Auburndale.

The Dons began the game on a 19-4 run during the first 6½ minutes and led by double digits the rest of the way as they cruised to a 67-49 victory in a nonconference boys basketball game Tuesday night at Columbus Catholic High School.

Columbus (5-1) jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind two baskets from Noah Hansen and a 3-pointer for Jarred Mandel. After both teams exchanged baskets, the Dons ran off 12 more points in a row. Evan Dieringer hit a 3-pointer and Nick Malovrh had five points to help Columbus take a 19-4 lead.

“Defensively we wanted to really focus on Cooper Weinfurter and Colton Wright, we knew they are really tremendous players,” Columbus Catholic coach Joe Konieczny said. “The people on them did a really good job denying. For the most, especially early, we communicated and made sure that what they tried to do was difficult.”

Columbus had another 10-0 run to make it 29-7 and led 40-18 at halftime after Mandel hit another 3-pointer in the closing minute.

Auburndale (3-1) was able to stabilize the game in the second half, forcing 10 turnovers and not giving the Dons as many open looks or drives, but only cut the deficit to as few as 13 on a couple of occasions late.

The Apaches made 12 of 14 free throws in the second half to help their offensive cause, which struggled to just 12 of 53 shooting from the floor. Auburndale’s top two scorers, Wright and Weinfurter, were held to just 18 points on 5 of 22 shooting.

Cale Jacoby led the Apaches with 14 points and Wright added 12.

“They denied the ball to Cooper and they know he’s the guy that starts and runs our offense, that was a key thing and I didn’t think we were very competitive right away,” Auburndale coach Chad Weinfurter said. “I’m disappointed that we didn’t compete better in the first half to give us a better chance. This is one of those games that you can learn a lot from if you choose to.”

Malovrh finished with 25 points and Mandel added 20 for the Dons.

“(Malovrh) was very unselfish the last few years, and played with two outstanding individual players (Tyler Fuerlinger and Hunter Schultz, both past Cloverbelt East players of the year) and I think this year you’re to see a full-Nick and see everything he can do out on the basketball court,” Konieczny said.

Columbus Catholic hosts Owen-Withee in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division game, and Auburndale will play a nonconference game at home against Abbbotsford on Friday.

Dons 67, Apaches 49
Auburndale 18 31 – 49
Columbus Catholic 40 27 – 67
AUBURNDALE (49):
Cooper Weinfurter 2-12 2-2 6, Cale Jacoby 4-10 6-6 14, Cason Schmutzer 1-7 3-4 6, Carter Wilcott 0-1 0-0 0, Aaron Marth 0-0 0-0 0, Colten Yeske 1-4 0-0 2, Cameron Ertl 1-7 6-8 9, Colton Wright 3-10 4-4 12. FG: 12-53. FT: 21-24. 3-pointers: 4-15 (Wright 2-5, Schmutzer 1-2, Ertl 1-5, Weinfurter 0-3). Rebounds: 25 (Schmutzer 6). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 13. Fouled out: none. Record: 3-1.
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (67): Evan Dieringer 1-2 0-0 3, Nick Hutchison 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Nystrom 0-1 0-0 0, Nick Malovrh 9-14 4-7 25, Bryce Fuerlinger 3-6 1-2 7, Noah Taylor 1-3 1-2 3, Noah Hansen 4-6 1-1 9, Jarred Mandel 8-18 2-3 20. FG: 26-49. FT: 9-15. 3-pointers: 6-17 (Malovrh 3-7, Mandel 2-6, Dieringer 1-2, Fuerlinger 0-1, Taylor 0-1). Rebounds: 33 (Fuerlinger 11). Turnovers: 20. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 5-1.

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Columbus Catholic boys basketball blows out Granton

Posted on 07 December 2017 by paul

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GRANTON – Fifteen different players scored as the Columbus Catholic boys basketball team won its fourth-straight game 80-21 against Granton on Thursday night at Granton High School.

The Dons (4-1, 2-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division) rolled out to a 44-6 lead by halftime as they rolled to the win in dominating fashion.

A number of junior varsity players saw action in the game for Columbus as 15 players scored at least two points. Nick Malovrh led the way with 19 points and Noah Hansen added nine for the Dons.

Columbus Catholic returns to action Tuesday for a nonconference home game against Auburndale.

Dons 80, Bulldogs 21
Columbus Catholic 44 36 – 80
Granton 6 15 – 21
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (80):
Nick Malovrh 19, Evan Dieringer 2, Nick Hutchison 3, Will Boyer 2, Tom Nystrom 2, Zach Olson 2, Bryce Fuerlinger 2, Kellen Heinzen 6, Joey Miller 9, Noah Taylor 2, Ethan Meece 5, Karak Bushman 7, Noah Hansen 9, Flynn McQuillen 2, Jarred Mandel 7. Record: 4-1, 3-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
GRANTON (21): Statistics not reported. Record: 0-2 overall and Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

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