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College roundup: Updates on Wirtz, Dupee

Posted on 16 June 2017 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.

Luke Wirtz

Wirtz wraps up career at Concordia
Luke Wirtz, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, finished his career on the Concordia University baseball team.

Wirtz, a backup catcher, was 6-for-25 for a .240 batting average with six RBIs this season. He played in 55 games in his four-year career, batting .264 (28 of 106) with five doubles, one home run and 13 RBIs.

Concordia, an NCAA Division III school in Mequon, finished the season 28-13 overall and 15-5 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Lexi Dupee

Dupee plays at UW-River Falls
Lexi Dupee, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, recently finished her freshman season on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls softball team.

Dupee played in 32 of the team’s 33 games, with 31 starts at third base. She hit .330 (37 of 112) with 20 runs scored, 10 RBIs and eight doubles. She also had a .960 fielding percentage, with just four errors all season.

Dupee had 10 multi-hit games for the Falcons, including going 4-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI against Susquehanna University (Pa.) on March 13 at Clermont, Fla.

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Marshfield grads Varsho, Schwecke earn all-Horizon League baseball honors

Posted on 23 May 2017 by paul

Daulton Varsho

Trevor Schwecke

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MILWAUKEE – Marshfield High School graduates Daulton Varsho and Trevor Schwecke, both members of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team, each earned second-team all-Horizon League honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Varsho, a first-team selection and the Horizon Player of the Year last season, was a second-team pick at catcher. The 2014 Marshfield grad is hitting a.366 (71-for-194) with 11 home runs, 39 RBIs, 47 runs scored, 11 doubles, six triples, and a .655 slugging percentage, all team-highs. The junior also has 10 stolen bases.

Schwecke, a 2016 Marshfield alum, was a second-team selection at shortstop and was named to the all-freshman team as well. Schwecke is batting .320 (33-for-103) with nine doubles, 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored for the Panthers.

Milwaukee (22-31) plays Northern Kentucky in the opening round of the Horizon League Tournament at Illinois-Chicago at 4 p.m. Wednesday. If Milwaukee wins, it would enter the double-elimination portion of the tournament and face No. 1 seed Illinois-Chicago on Thursady.

The tournament concludes Saturday with the winner guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament field.

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Numerous area graduates medal at WIAC Track & Field Championships

Posted on 08 May 2017 by paul

Marshfield High School graduates Ashley Holubets, from left, Calden Wojt, and Megan Marotz combined to win five medals at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships on May 5-6 at UW-Platteville. Holubets competes for UW-La Crosse, Wojt for UW-Stevens Point, and Marotz for Platteville. (Photo courtesy of Dan Akin)

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By Paul Lecker
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PLATTEVILLE – A number of area high school graduates left their mark on the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after competing at the conference track and field championships on May 5-6 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Megan Marotz, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School and a junior for UW-Platteville, won the women’s heptathlon for the Pioneers.

Marotz finished with 4,493 points in the seven-event heptathlon and also was named to the eight-person Larry Zirgibel All-Sportsmanship Team for women.

Among the heptathlon participants, Marotz won the long jump (5.42 meters), the 100-meter hurdles (15.18 seconds), the 200 meters (25.45 seconds), and the 800 meters (2:21.75). She finished with jump of 4 feet, 9 ¾ inches in the high jump, a throw of 31-4½ in the shot put, and a throw of 61-1 in the javelin throw. She recently set the school record in the heptathlon 200 with a time of 25.31 at the Augustana Invitational in April.

Marotz also was part of the Poineers’ 1,600-meter relay team that finished second in 3:53.12.

Auburndale’s Sylviann Momont, a freshman at UW-Stevens Point, finished second in the heptathlon with 4,313 points.

Momont had times of 15.27 in the 100 hurdles, 26.71 in the 200, and 2:45.98 in the 800. She throws of 35-8 in the shot put and 80-2 in the javelin, and jumps of the 5-1¼ in the high jump and 5.21 meters in the long jump.

Rachel Zastrow, a 2015 graduate of Spencer High School, is a sophomore for UW-La Crosse. She finished tied for sixth in the pole vault with a vault of 11 feet, 3½ inches, helping the Eagles to their sixth-straight WIAC women’s title.

Three other Marshfield graduates also competed in the WIAC Championships.

Rebecca Voss and Ashley Holubets, both 2015 Marshfield High School grads, also earned medals for UW-La Crosse.

Holubets finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:03.95 and Voss was sixth in the 5,000 meters in 18:06.20.

On the men’s side of things, Calden Wojt, a freshman for UW-Stevens Point and a 2016 graduate of Marshfield High School, earned two medals.

Wojt finished third in the 200 in 21.62 seconds and was part of the Pointers’ 400-meter relay team that took fifth in 43.82 seconds.

UW-La Crosse won its 27th-straight men’s outdoor track title.

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College roundup: Updates on Baierl, Fravert, Hutchison, Pilz

Posted on 31 March 2017 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.

This is the third of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport in college.

Abby Baierl

Baierl starts for Francisan women’s basketball
Abby Baierl, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, recently completed her freshman season on the Franciscan University women’s basketball team.

Baierl started 22 of 24 games this past season for the Lady Barons, scoring 11.3 points per game. She shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range (45 of 128) and also chipped in 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Baierl scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 28 in a win at Penn State-Altoona on Feb. 1.

Franciscan, located in Steubenville, Ohio, is an NCAA Division III school. The Lady Barons finished the season 3-21 overall and 3-15 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Adam Fravert

Fravert sees increased time at Oshkosh
Adam Fravert, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, recently completed his freshman season on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh men’s basketball team.

The former all-Wisconsin Valley Conference player played in 21 of the Titans’ 28 games this season, all in a reserve role, averaging 10.5 minutes, 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Oshkosh finished the season with a 17-11 record, including a 9-5 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Titans lost 60-59 to UW-River Falls in the WIAC Tournament championship game on Feb. 25, and dropped its opener in the NCAA Division III Tournament to Hope College 87-85 on March 3.

Fravert came off the bench and played 16 minutes in the loss to Hope, scoring two points. He also had two rebounds and three assists.

Fravert had a season-high 13 points in a win at UW-Whitewater on Feb. 15, and was a perfect 3-for-3 shooting and scored seven points in the tournament game loss to River Falls.

Alexandra Hutchison

Hutchison running 200 at Winona
Alexandra Hutchison, a freshman on the Winona State (Minn.) University women’s track and field team, and a 2016 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, has been running in the 200 meters for the Warriors this spring.

Hutchison won the 200 in 25.85 seconds at the Wisconsin Shell Shocker on Feb. 17 in Madison, where Winona State, and NCAA Division II school, defeated numerous Division I programs and finished second overall in the team standings behind just host Wisconsin.

In her most recent event, Hutchison finished 15th in the preliminaries and did not qualify for the 200 finals at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Indoor Meet at Minnesota State in Mankato on Feb. 25. She ran the event in 25.81 seconds.

Winona State begins its outdoor season Saturday at the Early Birdinal at crosstown Saint Mary’s University in Winona.

Bobby Pilz

Pilz pitching at Stout
Bobby Pilz, a 2016 graduate of Spencer High School, is a freshman on the UW-Stout baseball team.

Pilz has pitched a total of three innings in three games for the Blue Devils (3-10) this season. He has allowed seven runs, five hits and seven walks, striking out one.

Stout plays a nonconference doubleheader at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday and opens its WIAC season with doubleheaders at home against UW-Platteville on April 8-9.

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College roundup: Updates on Michaelis, Scheuer, Howard

Posted on 24 March 2017 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.

This is the second of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport in college.

Caitlin Michaelis

Michaelis wraps up sophomore year at Crookston
Caitlin Michaelis, a 2015 graduate of Marshfield High School, finished her sophomore season on the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s basketball team last month.

Michaelis played in all 28 games for the Eagles, starting 27 times. She averaged 5.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, while making 23 3-pointers and shooting 85.4 percent (35 of 41) at the free throw line.

Crookston had a tough season, finishing 8-20 after being eliminated in the second round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament on Feb. 25 by Northern State (S.D.) 83-60. Michaelis had seven points and three assists in the loss.

McKayla Scheuer

Scheuer sees minimal playing time at Bemidji
McKayla Scheuer, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, saw action in just seven games during her freshman season playing for the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team.

Scheuer played a total of 18 minutes, making 2 of 5 shots from the field and scoring four points.
Bemidji State finished 7-20 overall and 4-18 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, losing eight of its last nine games.

Bo Howard

Howard playing baseball at Mount Marty
Bo Howard, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, is a senior outfielder on the Mount Marty College baseball team.

Mount Marty, located in Yankton, S.D., is an NAIA school that plays in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Lancers are off to a 6-12 start after winning one of three games in a weekend series with Gustavus Adolphus at home on March 18-19.

Howard has played in, and started, 13 of the Lancers’ 18 games this season. He is batting .184 (7 of 38), with two doubles, five RBIs and five runs scored, heading into doubleheaders Saturday at Midland University in Fremont, Neb., and Sunday at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

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College roundup: Updates on Marotz, Momont, Johnson, Fleischmann

Posted on 14 March 2017 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.

This is the first of three reports on area high school graduates that either recently finished their winter sport, or are just starting their spring sport at the next level.

Megan Marotz

Sylviann Momont

Marotz, Momont compete at NCAAs
Megan Marotz, a 2013 Marshfield High School graduate, and Sylivann Momont, a 2016 grad of Auburndale High School, each competed in the pentathlon at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 10-11 at Naperville, Ill.

Marotz, a senior on the UW-Platteville track team, finished sixth and earned All-American honors as a result.

Marotz won the 800 meters in 2:22.30 to finish with 3,351 points in the five-event women’s pentathlon, breaking the school record by three points. She also finished second in the long jump (17 feet, 4¼ inches), ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.30 seconds), tied for 11th in the shot put (31-6½), and tied for 13th in the high jump (4-9).

Momont, a freshman for UW-Stevens Point, was third in the long jump (17-2), fifth in the shot put (34-10½), eighth in the high jump (5-½), 11th in the 60 hurdles (9.37), and 16th in the 800 (2:38.41).

Paige Johnson

Johnson finishes career at UW-River Falls
Paige Johnson, a 2013 Spencer High School graduate and former state player of the year for the Marshfield co-op girls hockey team, wrapped up her career on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team.

Johnson, a senior, scored five goals and had 17 assists as she played in all 29 games this season for River Falls.

Johnson had a goal and an assist in a 5-1 win over UW-Superior in the opening round of the WIAC O’Brien Cup, which River Falls went on to win with a 3-2 victory over UW-Eau Claire in overtime on March 4.

River Falls lost its opening game in the NCAA Division III Women’s Hockey Tournament to Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.) 3-2 on March 10.

Johnson, a defenseman, was a NCAA Division III All-American a year ago and a member of the Division III Frozen Four all-tournament team after River Falls was the runner-up in the national tournament in 2016.

Jared Fleischmann

Fleischmann wraps up season at Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, recently finished junior season on the Viterbo University (La Crosse) men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann started all 30 games for the V-Hawks this season, averaging 7.7 points, 4 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game as Viterbo went 18-12.

He shot 33 percent from 3-point range (24 of 73) and 69.4 percent from the free throw line (50 of 72), and scored a season-high 19 points in the team’s opener on Nov. 2 against Governors State (Ill.) University.

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Marshfield grads Varsho, Schwecke see action for UW-Milwaukee baseball against Brewers

Posted on 25 February 2017 by paul

Daulton Varsho

Trevor Schwecke

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PHOENIX – Two Marshfield High School graduates got a chance to play with the big boys Friday as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team played an exhibition game against the Milwaukee Brewers as the Brewers’ spring training opened in Arizona.

Junior Daulton Varsho, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, and freshman Trevor Schwecke, a 2016 grad, both played for UW-Milwaukee in the 11-0 loss.

Varsho started at catcher and went 0-for-3, flying out twice and hitting into a double play.

Schwecke entered the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement at third base and struck out in his only at-bat.

Eight Brewers’ pitches limited UWM to two hits in the shutout.

Read more about the game at mkepanthers.com

UW-Milwaukee opened its 2017 schedule last weekend in Beaumont, Texas, losing three of four.

The Panthers split a pair of games with Illinois, losing 10-2 on Feb. 17 and winning 4-2 on Feb. 18, and lost twice to Lamar in games Feb. 18-19.

Varsho started all four games at catcher, going 3-for-15, which included a home run in the win against Illinois.

Schwecke saw action in one game, finishing 0-for-1 at the plate as a pinch hitter in the loss to Illinois.

UW-Milwaukee flew to Florida to play three games against Eastern Michigan at Winter Haven, including a doubleheader Sunday and another game on Monday. The Panthers will play a four-game, three-day series at Evansville on March 3-5.

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College roundup: Updates on Oestreich, Zuiker

Posted on 19 January 2017 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.

This edition takes a look at a pair of former Marshfield teammates that are now competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Matt Oestreich

Oestreich starting for Platteville
Matt Oestreich, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, is in his third year as a starting point guard for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville men’s basketball team.

Oestreich, a junior, has started 13 of the Pioneers’ 16 games this season, scoring in double figures eight times. He missed last Saturday’s game at UW-Whitewater, which Platteville lost 68-66, and Wednesday’s victory over UW-Stevens Point.

He is averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this season for Platteville. He scored a season-high 16 points in a loss to Loras College on Dec. 17.

Platteville began the season 5-1, but lost five in a row before beating UW-Stevens Point 76-71 on Wednesday. The Pioneers are now 8-8 overall and 1-4 in the WIAC. The Pioneers host UW-La Crosse this Saturday.

Luke Zuiker

Zuiker finds playing time at Point
Luke Zuiker, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, is a junior reserve on the UW-Stevens Point men’s basketball team.

Zuiker has played in 12 of the Pointers’ 15 games this season, coming off the bench in each. He is averaging 8 minutes, 3.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Zuiker has made 8 of 15 shots from 3-point range and is shooting 51.7 percent overall from the field. He did not play in Wednesday’s loss to UW-Platteville.

Zuiker had a career-high 11 points in a win over Lynchburg (Va.) College at a tournament in Maryland on Nov. 19.

UWSP is 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the WIAC. The Pointers host UW-Eau Claire on Saturday.

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College roundup: Updates on Michaelis, Fleischmann, Peplinski

Posted on 28 December 2016 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.

Caitlin Michaelis

Michaelis starting at Crookston
Caitlin Michaelis, a 2015 graduate of Marshfield High School, has started eight of nine games for the University of Minnesota-Crookston women’s basketball team this season as a sophomore guard.

Michaelis is averaging 21 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and one assist per game for Crookston, which is just 1-8 overall and 1-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference prior to a conference game at Winona State on Friday.

Crookston lost its first eight games before beating Bemidji State 80-68 on Dec. 15. Michaelis had two points, two rebounds and one assist in win.

Jared Fleischmann

Fleischmann playing at Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, a 2014 graduate of Columbus Catholic High School, is a junior on the Viterbo University men’s basketball team.

Fleischmann has started all 15 games this season for the V-Hawks, averaging 8.8 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and one steal per game. He has also made 12 3-pointers.

Viterbo is 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the North Star Athletic Association, a conference of NAIA schools, heading into a game at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Saturday.

Fleischmann started all 30 games last year for Viterbo, averaging a team-high 31 minutes per game. He also averaged 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Ashley Peplinski

Double duty for Peplinski at UW-Superior
Ashley Peplinski, a 2016 graduate of Auburndale High School, is a freshman on the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team.

Peplinski has played in three games this season for the Yellow Jackets, making both of her field goal attempts, and scoring five total points and grabbing four rebounds.

Superior was 8-3 and 5-0 in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference prior to Thursday’s game at home against Alverno. The Yellow Jackets had won seven straight games.

Peplinski also played on the UW-Superior volleyball team in the fall. She played in 33 sets in eight matches, totaling 26 kills and 13 digs as the Yellow Jackets finished 8-22

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College roundup: Updates on Baierl, Scheuer, Fravert

Posted on 15 December 2016 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.

This week, take a look at what three recent area high school grads are doing on the basketball court at colleges around the Midwest.

Abby Baierl

Baierl playing hoops in Ohio
Abby Baierl, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School, is a freshman on the Franciscan University women’s basketball team in Steubenville, Ohio.

Baierl has started seven of the Barrons’ nine games this season, averaging 8.6 points per contest, which is second on the team.

Baierl is shooting a team-best 38.9 percent from 3-point range (14 od 36) and 91.7 from the free throw line (11 of 12).

Franciscan is a NCAA Division III school that competes in the Allegeny Mountain Collegiate Conference. The Barrons are 1-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference so far this season.

McKayla Scheuer

Scheuer kicks off career at Bemidji State
McKayla Scheuer, a 2016 graduate of Marshfield High School, is a freshman on the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team in Bemidji, Minn.

Scheuer has played in four of the Beavers’ eight games so far this season, scoring a total of four points in 12 total minutes.

Scheuer, a 5-foot-8 guard, had two points in games against Mayville State on Nov. 12 and Northland College on Nov. 18.

Bemidji State, an NCAA Division II school, was 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference heading into its game at Minnesota-Crookston on Thursday. Scheuer’s former teammate, Caitlin Michaelis, plays for Crookston.

Adam Fravert

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

Fravert played in the Titans’ last three games after sitting out their opening five contests.

Fravert, a first-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection a year ago for Marshfield, has not scored in four combined minutes thus far for Oshkosh.

Oshkosh is 5-3 heading into a nonconference game at home against St. Norbert College on Dec. 20 and riding a three-game winning streak.

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