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2017 NEO Showcase Recap

CANTON, OH – On Sunday, September 10th some of the best female ballers in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia descended upon the history Canton Memorial Fieldhouse to be a part of the annual NEO Showcase which is presented by Hall of Fame Huddle founder Rich Harland.

Designed to help girls basketball players in the 2018 through the 2021 classes showcase their talents to a bevy of college scouts in attendance the Showcase not only pitted the players against one another in a series of games, but also gave them an opportunity to get valuable coaching and skills help from the likes of Tyler Bates (Former Smithville All-Ohioan, Loudonville Head Coach) and (David ‘Cousy’ Border (Current Hiland Hawk assistant, multiple time state champion).

For a full list of players in attendance click here: NEO Showcase HOF Huddle

For their team games each of the color specific named teams were given a coach who has excelled on the court and is currently or on her way to college to continue playing such as Jackson star and future Maryland Terrapin Taylor Mikesell to gain a bit of guidance as they progress their game on the day.

When asked to sum up the event, Harland replied “It just brings so much joy to my heart to see all of these kids enjoying themselves while getting better and playing in front of so many coaches. It’s the biggest day of the year for me and it makes me feel so great to have so much support from the players, coaches, families and everyone involved. It’s truly so gratifying.”

For more information on the Showcase and future events be sure to check out the website at HOF Huddle or follow Rich on twitter @HOFHuddle_Rich

Showcase Photo Album: NEO Showcase Photos 2017

A handful of photos from the event:

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Titans record setting season finishes at 27-1

OTTAWA, OH – The 2016-17 Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans might have had their season come to an earlier end in Columbus than they had planned, but along the way they smashed a handful of school and county records both individually and as a team.

To start the Titans broke a school record by ripping off 27 straight wins before falling in the State Semifinals to Kettering Alter. The 27 wins mark the most in program history in a single year, besting the State Runner-Up squads from the two preceding years, but also tie the Titans for the most wins in a single campaign with the 2013 Ottoville Big Green that fell in the State Semifinals themselves, and the 1988 & 89 Kalida Wildcat squads who each claimed State titles when the season came to an end.

As a team the Titans finished their season with 1542 points in 28 games played, a total that ranks them 3rd in school history for a single season and 15th all-time in Putnam County history for a single year.

Other team records:
506 made FG – 11th best single season school history
105 made 3’s – 2nd most in school history behind the 1999 team that sank 115
404 assists – 4th most in PC history (broke Ottawa Glandorf school record of 387 set by the 1994 team)
396 steals – most in team history which broke the 2014 teams total of 395 (6th most in PC history)

Individual Season accomplishments:

Kylie White finished her senior season scoring 413 points which is the 4th most in single OG season (Melanie Halker 432 points in 1995, Carmen Ellis 420 points in 1991, Sandy Buddlemeyer 416 points in 1989).

Kylie 81 made free throws on the season for the 2nd most in a Titan single season (Michelle Bockrath 90 made free throws in 1996).

Erin Kaufman broke the school single season record for made three pointers as she hit 56 during her Sophomore season and broke a record that had stood since 1999 when Rae Ann Alt hit 45. The total also marks the 8th best in PC history for a season.

Kadie Hempfling handed out 162 assists in the Titans 28 games played, the 2nd highest total in Ottawa Glandorf history, trailing only Michelle Bockrath’s 1995 total of 164. Hempfling’s total ranks 3rd most in Putnam County history behind Bockrath and Ottoville’s Meta Gerding’s 175 in the 2001 season.

Kadie Hempfling 115 steals this year is the most in OG history and the 4th highest total in Putnam County. With her 3 steals in the State Semifinals Hempfling overtook Shelly Bellman’s total of 113 during the 2005 season. This seasons total puts the WBL Co-Player of the year in the top 10 in school history for the second consecutive season as she finished with 73 during her Sophomore year.

Career records:
In just the three years aside from her Freshman year, outgoing Senior Kylie White snagged 572 rebounds which has her ending her career at 25th most Putnam County history and as the 2nd highest total in OG history trailing just her mother Sandy White who finished with 995 during her prep career. White also scored 1056 points in her career which was good enough to be the 3rd all-time leading scorer in school history as well.

Kadie Hempfling will enter her final season as a Titan with 306 career assists, the 2nd highest total in OG program history and 63 behind Michelle Bockrath’s total from 1993-96. The 306 career helpers sit the 1st Team All-Ohio selection at 8th most in county history as well.

Perhaps the most impressive number of all comes from the outgoing Senior class of Kylie White, Lexi Schroeder, Courtney Bockrath, and Devon Warnecke who leave their mark on the programs history by claiming a pair of WBL Championships, 3 trips to Columbus, and a school record 101 wins against just 10 losses.

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Kaufman scores career night in Titan win over Van Wert

OTTAWA, OH – Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman scored a career high 15 points Thursday night as the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans defeated WBL rival Van Wert for the fifth straight meeting between the two schools 56-29.

Ten players rushed in and out of the Titan lineup early in the contest and helped the home squad jump out to a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first period as six of the players seeing action recorded points.

Lexi Schroeder and Kylie White led OG with four points apiece in the opening eight minutes of action.

Van Wert 5’10 Sophomore Abby Jackson scored the only points from the field in the first quarter as she tossed in a pair of two point baskets before teammates Alexis Rupert and Reagan Priest, and Jackson herself took advantage of early Ottawa fouls for five markers from the charity stripe.

Jackson continued to be the lone scorer from the field for the Cougars in the second half as she accounted for the remaining four points she would contribute on the evening before seeing Cassidy Meyers and sister Ally Jackson hit from the field for a combined five points in the stanza.

Kadie Hempfling who finished the night with 10 points chipped in 8 of her scores in the second and led a high tempo Titan attack that again combined to outscore Van Wert 17-9 and take a 34-18 lead into the lockerroom.

Carri Johnson and Kaufman did the damage on the offensive end for OG in the third period as they each connected on a shot from behind the arc to increase their teams lead. Turnovers were the story of the game in the period as well as the Cougars turned the ball over a handful of times in the quarter and did not score until there was just 2:52 left in the quarter when Priest tossed in a two point field goal for two of her teams five points.

Entering the final period Erin Kaufman had scored 9 points, but quickly wasted no time as early in the fourth quarter she hit a pair of three pointers to finish with a game high 15 points to break her previous high of 13 on a trio of occasions.

Van Wert saw their only points of the final eight minutes come from deep as well as Ally Jackson hit on a pair from behind the three point line.

Eight Titans scored on the evening and three players (Kaufman, Hempfling, White) finished in double figures.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 11-0 on the season and will have a week off before they look to improve on their 3-0 Western Buckeye League record when Celina visits the Supreme Court on January 12th in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio starting at 7:30pm.

Van Wert falls to 1-8 overall, and 0-3 in WBL contests. The Cougars will return home on Saturday afternoon for a special afternoon non-conference tilt against Fort Recovery inside their previous incarnation of the Cougar Den at the Goedde Building inside the old high school.

Box Score:

OG (56):
Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 15
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 10

FT: 4/5
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 3, Johnson 2, Warnecke)
TO: 18

Van Wert (29):
Ally Jackson 9
Cassidy Meyers 5
Abby Jackson 10
Alexis Rupert 1
Reagan Priest 4

FT: 5/8
3PT: 4 (Ally Jackson 3, Meyers)
TO: 28

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 45-16

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Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove

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OG rallies late, downs Bath

LIMA, OH – Bath started off hot on Thursday night at home against OG but the Titans finished the game hot and came from behind to defeat the Wildkittens 49-45 to remain unbeaten.

Trailing 7-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter and with nothing going their way, the Titans put their first points of the opening stanza on the scoreboard at the 3:42 mark on a Lexi Schroeder layup. Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White would each add buckets for the visitors in the remaining minutes of the period, but the Titans would find themselves behind on the scoreboard heading to the first stoppage 11-6.

Bath’s hot shooting in the opening half continued into the next eight minutes of play as Heidi Craddock connected on a pair of shots from deep to help give her squad a 25-12 halftime advantage.

Trailing for the first time this season at the half the Titans came out of the visitors locker rooms with a renewed defensive intensity and immediately hung a quick five points on the board to cut into the home teams lead.

Ashley Schroeder and White each hit a shot from long distance to help their teams cause and draw the lead to within 11 at 37-26 with the game about to enter the final period.

Having survived another pair of three pointers from the Wildkittens in the third quarter the Titans began the fourth with an effective pressure that harassed their opponents into multiple turnovers that were quickly turned into OG scores.

The hounding OG defense allowed just eight points in the final stanza, with two of those having to be earned from the free throw line.

Ottawa Glandorf’s first lead of the game came with 2:03 remaining in the fourth quarter when Kylie White connected on a three point play as well as another bucket but saw the Titans grab the lead officially when a steal and a score came off an ensuing steal and layup from the Senior forward. OG would add a pair of free throws in the closing moments and finish off a 49-45 comeback win.

White was OG’s biggest point scorer on the night as she scored a season high 23 points in the win, including 9 in the final period and 19 in the second half alone. Kadie Hempfling, who had been held to 6 points in the opening half by solid defense from the Wildkittens finished the contest with 16 after tossing in 8 in the final period in addition to engineering a handful of steals for her team.

With the victory the Titans (6-0, 2-0) secure their first two game winning streak against the Wildkittens since beating them in back to back years during the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.

Bath (4-2, 1-1) has now dropped consecutive games and will look to rebound before they take on Coldwater in non-conference action next Thursday, December 22nd at home.

Box Score:

OG (49):
Ashley Schroeder 3
Erin Kaufman 2
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 23
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 5/7
3PT: 2 (A. Schroeder, K. White)
TO: 10

Bath (45):
Jaidyn Hale 5
Lindsey Singhaus 6
Bailey Dackin 2
Heidi Craddock 12
Kaleigh Ketcham 8
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 6

FT: 8/10
3PT: 4 (Craddock 2, Singhaus, Ketcham)
TO: 25

JV Score: OG 39-16

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OG opens league play with road win

ST MARYS, OH – Behind a strong team defensive performance and a pair of big offensive performances the OG Titans opened the Western Buckeye League portion of their schedule Thursday on the road in St. Marys with a 57-46 victory.

All-Ohio selections Kadie Hempfling and Kylie White combined to score 36 of the Titans 57 points and snagged 18 total rebounds to help secure Coach Troy Yant’s fifth victory in five meetings with the Roughriders.

Makayla Koch connected on a pair of first quarter free throws for St. Marys and a deep three pointer and a pair of buckets from inside the paint during the first half but was held scoreless the rest of the way and hassled into a handful of turnovers across the rest of the contest.

White and Hempfling each tossed in a three point field goal in the first half and teamed up for all but a dozen of their teams 33 first half points and helped the visitors to a 33-22 halftime advantage.

Despite a fast moving half that saw the two WBL squads attempt just nine free throws, the second half would grind to a much slower pace as Ottawa Glandorf found themselves 7/12 from the line while their counterparts would go 6/12 in the same 16 minute span.

Sydney Cisco continued her streak of hitting shots from extreme distances during the game as she found herself able to connect on a pair in the first half and one late in the game to lead her team in points scored with 14 on the evening.

Seniors Shania Taylor and Quincy Rable were held scoreless in the first half by the Titans defense that switched back and forth between a 2-3 and a 1-3-1 at times to stymie the outside shooting the Riders have utilized successfully in their first four games, but finished with 3 and 10 respectively in the defeat.

Ottawa Glandorf and St. Marys both scored 24 points in the second half as each received contributions from six players during the course of the four quarters.

While the Roughriders (4-0, 0-1) were dealt their first defeat of the season they will get an opportunity to even their WBL record next Thursday night as they take on Van Wert. Before taking on the Cougars the Riders will take on Delphos St. Johns in a non-conference affair on Tuesday night.

OG (5-0, 1-0) was led in scoring by Hempfling’s 19 points (also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds) and will travel to Lima on Thursday night as they continue their run towards a second consecutive league championship when they take on the Wildkittens.

Scoring:

St. Marys (46):
Makayla Koch 9
Sydney Cisco 14
Makenna Mele 8
Jill Schmitmeyer 2
Quincy Rable 10
Shania Taylor

TO: 20
FT: 11/19

OG (57):
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 6
Erin Kaufman 4
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 19

TO: 17
FT: 8/15

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 42-31

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Titans win 4th game of season

WAUSEON, OH – Ottawa Glandorf Tuesday night rolled to a 27 point victory at Wauseon to improve their record to 4-0 on the young season.

The reigning Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Kadie Hempfling got the scoring started early and often for the Titans as behind a bevy of steals and blocks by her team she accounted for 13 of her game high 19 markers in the first quarter. Kylie White snagged a handful of rebounds in the stanza as well and connected on 4/4 from the free throw line to go along with her made basket for 6 of her teams 22 points in the opening eight minutes of play.

Leading 22-6 when the second quarter began the Titans wasted no time adding to their lead as the duo of Erin Kaufman and Lexi Schroeder pumped in a three pointer and a fast break bucket while holding the Indians to 11 points in the period and just 17 in the opening half.

Ottawa Glandorf led 36-17 in the early moments of the third quarter and again used Kaufman to stretch their lead even larger as the Titan Sophomore found the bottom of the bucket on a trio of occasions to put her squad on top 46-22 heading into the final period.

Stifling defense helped the Titans force 26 turnovers on the night and immediately turn those directly into fast break points as the WBL Champions outscored their opponents 15-12 in the last quarter to secure the 61-34 victory.

Wauseon (0-4) was led in scoring by Karli Penrod who finished with 8 points, including a pair of three point goals in the third quarter.

OG finished with three players in double figures and was led by Hempfling’s 19 points. The Titans (4-0) will travel to St. Marys on Thursday night as they begin WBL play against the Roughriders with a 6pm tipoff for the JV.

Scoring:

Wauseon (34):
Mya Suarez 4
Ally Tefft 4
Kendra Gorczyca 3
Rylee Campbell 4
Karli Penrod 8
Brianna Castellano 5
Alexis Suarez 5
Aliza Dauterman 2

FT: 6/8
TO: 26

OG (61):
Carri Johnson 1
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 11
Courtney Bockrath 3
Kadie Hempfling

FT: 7/10
TO: 13

JV: 44-21 OG

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NEO Showcase recap

CANTON, OH – With a plethora of college scouts in attendance, young basketball players from all around came to showcase their skills on Sunday at the NEO Showcase event put on by Rich Harland and HOFHuddle.com.

A full recap of how the young ladies performed in the individual events as well as the full list of who participated can be found at this link: NEO Showcase performances

Photos from the event that took place at the historic Canton Memorial Fieldhouse: NEO Showcase Photos

A look at the event itself with organizer Rich Harland:

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3rd Annual J31 Showcase Recap

The 3rd Annual J31 Showcase sponsored by Rich Harland (HOF Huddle twitter) took place at Garaway High School on Sunday, July 31st with many young ladies working out in front of college scouts.

During the event a 1 on 1 Champion was crowned in Hoover 2018 Makenna Drabick:

Makenna and Rich

Complete list of competitors as well as pictures from the event can be viewed below. Be sure to check out HOF Huddle for more girls basketball coverage throughout the 2016-17 season.

(2017’s)

Chloe Cheresne (Salem)
Rachel Chessar (Hoban)
Delaney Cullen (Medina)
Shay Davidson (Avon)
Kallee Dowler (Barnesville)
Sammie Hall (West Holmes)
CeCe King (Shelby)
Lexee Miller (New Philadelphia)
Chloe Moore (Lake Center)
Mayci Sales (Tuslaw)
Jenna Strayer (Bellevue)
Audrey Tingle (Ridgewood)
Tawnie Vair (Rootstown)
Ellen Vichill (St. Joseph)

(2018’s)

Peyton Banks (Wadsworth)
Makenna Drabick (Hoover)
Taylor Duplaga (Wheeling Central (WV))
Bella Gajdos (Poland)
Izzy Geraci (North Ridgeville)
Emily Grandy (Struthers)
Alexis Green (Hoover)
Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)
Lindsay Humbel (Parma)
Madison Hunter (John Glenn)
Izzy Kline (Newton Falls)
Sydney Mayberry (Lake Ridge Academy)
Boston McKinney (Tusky Valley)
Maddie Movsesian (Wadsworth)
Madi Pearson (Minerva)
Haley Shutt (Garaway)
Sydney Williams (Teays Valley)
Savannah Yacklin (East Canton)

(2019’s)

Aaliyah Currence (New Philadelphia)
Maria Ferrett (Marlington)
Lauren Flannery (River)
Alyssa Fuchs (Grove City)
Ashton Gerber (Garaway)
Erin Haun (Louisville)
Bryana Housley (Norton)
Sumer McWilliams (Grove City)
Morgan Metzger (Garaway)
Maddy Reese (Fairless)
Annie Roshak (Hoover)
Emma Tecca (Hoban)
Nikki Weber (Loudonville)
Rachel Windemuth (Central)

(2020’s)

Alana Belknap (Dover)
Lizzie Bickar (Tallmadge)
Sydney Bourquin (Jonathan Alder)
Bree Call (Lucasville Valley)
Lauren Campbell (Portsmouth Clay)
Callie Cline (West Holmes)
Kenedy Flinn (St. V)
Mackenzie Green (Hoover)
Aubrey Held (Hoover)
Lizzie Imrie (Nordonia)
Taylor Leatherman (Wadsworth)
Malina Moore (Carrollton)
Gabby Piercy (Jackson)
Amanda Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Natalie Rarick (Canal Winchester)
Kallie Regula (Garaway)
Annie Seboe (Loudonville)
Emily Seboe (Loudonville)

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Alter claims D2 crown

COLUMBUS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf climbed within four points of Kettering Alter in the waning moments of the third quarter Saturday afternoon but were unable to complete the comeback after losing one of their leaders in Kadie Hempfling to injury and falling to the Knights 74-48 in the Division 2 State Championship game.

As she has done all season long the WBL Player of the Year dove to the floor to procure a loose ball for the Titans, but Hempfling landed awkwardly on her right hand and suffered what was later revealed to be a dislocated finger that would keep her out of the remaining ten minutes of the contest.

With the Sophomore relegated to the bench and cheering on her team as she had been forced to do in the middle of the season for five games, Ottawa Glandorf was outscored 34-12 the rest of the game by Alter.

Braxtin Miller, a Junior who is being heavily recruited by most major Division 1 colleges poured in 33 points in the game and helped her team score a State Championship game record 26 points in the final stanza to secure their second straight championship.

Freshman guard Erin Kaufman led the Titans in points for the game as she finished with 12 markers. Over a span of two minutes in the the game the youngest Titan starter accounted for ten of her scores on the afternoon and helped to push her teams momentum into an Alter timeout that had the huge OG following on their feet.

Playing in her 108th game, Senior Dani Ellerbrock who will play her college basketball at Mount Vernon Nazarene University next season handed out five assists and helped OG run the fast break to perfection at times but fouled out early in the fourth quarter to end her prep career. In her four years at Ottawa Glandorf Ellerbrock started every game of her career amassed a 90-18 record.

Kara Stephenson and Duquesne bound Libby Bazelak each scored 10 points for Alter (28-2) while Northern Kentucky bound Haley Combs added 9 for the Knights who shot 22/38 from the field, 9/15 from beyond the arc and 21/28 from the free throw line in the win.

Ottawa Glandorf’s season ends with a 26-3 record for the second straight season and ties the highest amount of wins in a single campaign in school history.

Scoring:

Alter (74):
Kara Stephenson 10
Olivia Gillis 1
Libby Bazelak 10
Braxtin Miller 33
Hayley Combs 9
Lauren Lush 3
Ty Markoff 5
Allie Godfrey 1
Riley Priest 2

FG: 22/38
3PT: 9/15
FT: 21/28
REB: 26
TO: 12

OG (48):
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 12
Kylie White 11
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kadie Hempfling 10
Devon Warnecke 3

FG: 21/46
3PT: 3/16
FT: 3/9
REB: 22
TO: 18

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