Athletic Hall of Fame

BAILEY, DAVID (67 graduate)


Winner of 8 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. In 1967 David was not only selected to the All Conference first team in baseball but was selected player of the Year in the Southern Oregon Conference. He was selected to the Oregon State All Star Team and played in the Shrine All Star football game. David attended Portland State on a baseball scholarship where he lettered two years in football and four years in baseball. David became an outstanding athlete while attending Portland State and still holds the school record for the longest scoring reception in football. In baseball he is the second winningest pitcher in Portland State history and still holds the school record for lowest ERA at 1.29. He only gave up two home runs during his four years of pitching at PSU. Today, David lives in Minden, Nevada with his wife, Diane and their two children.
(written in 2000)

GLINES, MIKE (63 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters in baseball, basketball and football. Mike was All Conference in football, basketball and baseball his junior and senior years. He played football at OIT where he was the starting quarterback. While in Viet Nam, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star with V for Valor. He coached football at Central Catholic High School in Modesto for 10 years, at Modesto Junior College for 10 years and then returned as head coach at Central Catholic. He has been named the Calhisports.com Small Schools Coach of the Year on two different occasions. His teams a CCHS have a record of 152-24-3. (written in 1997 and updated in 2003)

DULANEY, VERN (69 graduate)

Winner of 6 varsity letters. He was a 3 year letterman in football being selected as team captain and 2nd Team All Conference in 1968. He was a three year letterman in wrestling and placed 2nd in conference in 1968 and was conference champion in 1969. He attended Southern Oregon State 1969-73 earning a Bachelor of Science in secondary education. He was a four year letterman at SOC and was Evergreen Conference Champion in 1972 and 1973. He wrestled in the NAIA National Championships 2 times finishing 5th. He was named to the NAIA All American Wrestling team in 1973. Presently, Vern teaches at Eielson High School in Eielson, Alaska. His wrestling teams have won 7 state championships and finished 2nd and 3rd in other years. He was named Alaska Coach of the Year in 1988. He was President of Alaska Wrestling Coaches from 1987-1990. Vern was inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1993. (written in 1998)

HILTON, SHERI (82 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters in gymnastics, basketball and track. Sheri was named Most Valuable Player four consecutive years in gymnastics and was one of the few Crater gymnasts to qualify for the Oregon Open. She was District Champion in the vault three consecutive years and District All Around Champion two consecutive years. In track Sheri was named the Most Valuable two consecutive years and won the district high jump and hurdles her senior year. She led one of our best track teams in history in scoring, accumulating 207 points throughout the year. She placed in both the hurdles and the high jump at the state meet in 1982. Later that year Sheri won the Oregon and Regional high school heptathalon championship and finished fourth in the U.S. High School National Championships. Sheri attended Clackamas Junior College where she became on the best junior college athletes in the nation. She received the prestigious Dale Murphy scholarship in 1982 and won a national title in the javelin and finished fourth in the heptathalon. She still holds the Clackamas school record in the javelin. She then attended University of Arizona where she received a full scholarship in track and field. At U of A she competed against the best the world had to offer and finally ended her career, finishing second in the PAC 10 championships. Today, Sheri lives in Gresham, Oregon with her two sons and is still helping young people as a personal trainer. She works for Albertson's Foods. (written in 2000)

BENNET, KERM ( 59 graduate)

Winner of 6 varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field. Kerm was All Conference honorable mention in football in 1958, All Conference first team in football in 1959, and All State honorable mention in football in 1959. Kerm attended Southern Oregon College where he earned four letters in football and two in track. He was All Conference at SOC in football in 1962 and All Conference 1st team in 1963. He was 2nd team All NAIA in 1963. Until 1993 he held the record for most touchdowns in a single season at SOSC. Kerm has been in education 31 of the past 35 years as a teacher, coach, Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Principal. Currently he is the Superintendent of Schools for the Grants Pass School District. (written in 1998)

PARENT, KRISTA (79 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball, tennis and track. Krista was selected as the outstanding athlete her senior year. She was All Conference 3 years in basketball, 2 years in volleyball and was 3rd team All State her senior year in basketball. Krista was a 4 year varsity letter winner in softball at University of Oregon and played in the National College World Series in 1979-80. She has been a teacher and coach at Cottage Grove High School, was a competitive body builder and assistant principal and assistant superintendent in Cottage Grove. Presently she is superintendent of schools at South Lane School District in Cottage Grove. (written in 2002)

NEAL, MEA FRANTZ (90 graduate)

Winner of 9 varsity letters while attending Crater High. Mea participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She was All Conference in volleyball and basketball her senior year. She was state champion in the javelin also during her senior year. Mea attended Willamette University where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Political Science. While at Willamette, Mea participated in volleyball where she was team captain in 1993 and still holds school records for most blocks and the best kill/attempt percent. In basketball she was team captain during the 1993-94 season. In track she was 4th in the NAIA Nationals in the javelin in 1991, 1st in the NAIA Nationals in 1992 and 8th in the NAIA Nationals in 1994. She was an NAIA Track All American in 1991, 1992 and 1994. She still holds the school record for women's javelin. Mea was named Willamette University's Athlete of the Year in 1994.
Today, Mea lives in Honolulu, Hawaii with her husband of six years, Matthew Neal. She is the Campaign Manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Honolulu, a company she has worked for since 1996. Mea states “I continue to work out and play indoor/beach volleyball at least three times a week.” She ran the Portland Marathon in 1997. (written in 2003)

BENNINGER, BRIAN (79 graduate)

Winner of 9 varsity letters while attending Crater High. Brian participated in football, basketball and baseball. In football he was an All Conference and All State selection; was the conference rushing leader and was voted by his teammates as the team's Most Valuable Player. In basketball he again was selected to the All Conference Team and was chosen as the team's Most Valuable Player. Brian received a full ride scholarship to Chico State to play football and in his sophomore season finished 7th in the nation in receiving as a running back and led his team in rushing. During his junior year, he sustained a severe knee injury that ultimately let to complete reconstruction of his knee. Following this injury he then changed his emphasis to academics and received two degrees from Chico State, one in chemistry and one in exercise physiology.
After graduation, Brian entered medical school in England and continued to live there until 2000. He received his medical degree and continued to be very active in England. While attending medical school, he was chosen by his medical school peers to represent all medical students on the faculty and university board committees. He also was awarded the Trauma and Orthopedic prize.
After completing his fourth college degree, Brian remained in England for a number of years where he had an exciting life and varied career. Some of his professional activities included being a professional rugby team doctor, serving as a Formula I and worked super bikes medical officer, a stint as a British Olympic Association doctor and serving as the British Boxing Team doctor.
Brian returned to the United States in 2000. Today, Brian lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife of 1 ½ years, Alison. He works for the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. (written in 2003)

CARRIGAN, GORDY (54 graduate)

Winner of 16 varsity letters at Crater where he was a 2 year All Conference in football and basketball. He was an All American honorable mention in football and Academic All American 2 years in basketball at Southern Oregon State. He coached at Mapleton High School, Glide High School, Jesuit High School and at Southern Oregon State College. (written in 1997)

SUMMERFIELD, DARRYL (63 graduate)

Received 10 varsity letters while at Crater and was All Conference in basketball and 2 times All Conference in baseball. Darryl graduated from Oregon State University where he was a 3 year letterman in baseball and still holds the home run record or the Oregon State baseball team. (written in 1997)

MEUNIER, MATT (87 graduate)

Was an All Conference selection 2 years in basketball. He was 4th team All State and picked for the McDonalds High School All American team. Matt holds 8 records at Southern Oregon State College and was 4th in the nation in scoring with 29.5 points per game his senior year. He went on to play professional basketball in the Austrialin League where he averaged 30 points per game. Today he is the head basketball coach at Crater High School. (written 1997)

SETTEL, DEBBIE GARRISON (84 graduate)

Was Southern Oregon Conference district shop put champion, and placed 4th in the Oregon State meet. She holds the women's record in the discus at Southern Oregon State College where she also qualified for the NAIA National meet. (written in 1997)

MCCALL, MARNIE (88 graduate)

Most Valuable Player in basketball and softball her senior year. She was 1st team All Conference her junior and senior years in softball. Marnie attended the University of Oregon where she was Most Valuable Player her senior year, and was 2nd team All PAC 10 and was a softball All American. Marnie held the top batting average in the PAC 10 Conference in 1992 and was inducted into the PAC 10 Hall of Fame. (written in 1997)

TONN, HARVEY (55 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Harvey was all conference in football and basketball. He played basketball and baseball at Southern Oregon University and baseball at Linfield College. He was a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal at Scenic Middle School for 33 years before retiring in 1997. He is a professional starter in track having started the last 18 Southern Oregon Conference meets as well as working college meets. He coached Malot's Mudhens mens fast pitch softball team to 5 consecutive state championships. Harvey was awarded the John Pence Award for the outstanding Middle School Principal in Oregon in 1995. Harvey is a Co-Founder of the Crater Foundation and has been the President of the Foundation since its inception. Hundreds of kids seeking aid as they pursue their post high school goals have received thousands of dollars through the vision of Harvey and his co-workers. (written in 1997)

WARREN, LEONARD


He was the first varsity coach of Crater High football and basketball programs. He was instrumental in the selection of the school colors and the athletic nickname ‘Comets'. He also was instrumental in the building of the football field and stadium. While coaching at Crater, his teams were league champions 4 times in football and 4 times in basketball. His 1953 football team defeated Medford Senior High before they belonged to the Southern Oregon Conference. That was the only time Crater defeated Medford Senior High School in football. In 1964, Leonard became vice principal at Crater and in 1968 he moved to Eagle Point to become principal and later assistant superintendent. (written in 1997)

HOFFINE, LLOYD

He was coach, athletic director and assistant principal for 35 years at Crater before retiring in 1993. One of the most successful basketball coaches in the schools history, he started the girls basketball program in 1977. Under his leadership as Athletic Director, Crater won 20 conference championships. He was instrumental in building the new gymnasium, Anhorn baseball complex, the weight room and the new track. Lloyd is a member of the Southern Oregon University Hall of Fame where he was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. (written in 1997)

BARTLEY, BILL (69 graduate)

Winner of 9 varsity letters in football basketball, baseball and track. Bill was all conference first team in football his junior and senior years. He participated in the North-South Shrine game and went to the state track meet in the 100 yard dash. He was a 3 year letterman in football at Oregon State University where he was selected defensive player of the week in the PAC 8 and was selected to the PAC 8 all conference defensive team his senior year. As a senior, he was second in the nation with 8 pass interceptions for NCAA football. He played in the East-West Shrine all star football game in San Francisco. Presently, Bill works for Wells Fargo Securities. (written in 1998)

MORRIS, HOWARD (54 graduate)

Winner of 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Howard was All Conference in football and baseball and played in the 1954 Oregon Shrine All Star Game. Howard played football at Linfield College where he was All Conference and All District two times; 1st team All American in 1958; Most Inspirational Player all three years at Linfield; finalist for the Oregon Athlete of the Year at the Hayward Banquet of Champions. He was voted into the NAIA District Hall of Fame in 1966. Howard was Athletic director at OIT for over 30 years and was voted Coach of the Year in wrestling in 1969, Coach of the Year in baseball in 1980 and 1981, and NAIA District 2 Administrator of the year in 1989. In 1991 he was inducted into the NAIA Coaches Hall of Fame and in 1996 was inducted into the NAIA National Hall of Fame. (written in 1998)

HERMAN, FRED (57 graduate)

Winner of 7 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Fred received All Conference recognition his senior year and was voted Outstanding Senior Athlete of Year. He attended Linfield College where he played baseball all four years. He received various All Conference and All District 2 awards in baseball, and in his senior year was named to the 1961 All American team. In 1961 he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. Over the next four years he pitched professional baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants organizations. He pitched for the Portland Beavers; El Paso, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma and Winnipeg, Canada. Presently Fred is part owner and business manager for the Southern Oregon Timberjacks professional baseball team in Medford. (written in 1998)

KNOTTS, DEBBIE TALLY (80 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was most valuable player in volleyball in 1978 and 1979. She was a member of the 1980 All State Volleyball team. Debbie was All Conference in basketball in 1979 and 1980. In track and field she was chosen Most Valuable Athlete in 1979 and 1980 and received All State recognition for three consecutive years. In 1980 she was chosen Outstanding Senior Female Athlete. Debbie received a track and field scholarship to Oregon State University where she graduated from with honors in 1985. Currently, Debbie is a medical technologist at Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon. (written in 1998)

BAKER, SCOTT (90 graduate)

Winner of 9 varsity letters in football, basketball and track and field. He was honorable mention All Conference in football in 1990, qualified two consecutive years for the state track meet, was second team All Conference in basketball in 1989, was first team All Conference in basketball in 1990 and was selected on the All State Basketball Team in 1990. Presently he holds six individual Crater basketball records. Scott was also a three time academic All American and was selected as the 1990 Senior Athlete of the Year. Scott attended Willamette University and was a four year letterman in basketball and track and field. In 1993 he was selected to the NAIA All American team and led his college team to the 1993 National Basketball championship. He was All District and All Conference in 1993 and 1994. In track and field he qualified for the NAIA National Championships four consecutive years and was NAIA All American in track and field in 1994. Scott played professional basketball in Germany in 1995. Scott began teaching and coaching at Reynolds High School in Portland and currently teaches and coaches at Summit High School in Bend. (written in 1998 and updated in 2005)

TURNER, RANDY (67 graduate)

Winner of 6 varsity letters. He competed in football, basketball, cross country and track. As a senior, Randy led his team in scoring, was named the team outstanding player, was third in scoring in the Southern Oregon Conference, was unanimous first team All Conference and honorable mention All State. Randy received a scholarship to Lewis and Clark college where he became the first freshman basketball starter in the school history. During his sophomore year, he became one of the best collegiate guards in Oregon but towards the end of the season he suffered a career ending knee injury. He turned that same competitive energy into the work force and has become one of the most successful business leaders in Oregon. From 1971- 1993 he was Executive Vice President of Precision Cast Parts where he was responsible for 350 million dollars of revenue and 3500 workers manufacturing cast metal products for the aerospace industry. 1994-1996 he was President and CEO of Selmet Inc. producing titanium cast products for the aerospace industry and golf products. From 1997 to the present, Randy is President and CEO of Wyaman Gordan Titanium Castings producing aerospace engines and frames. Randy lives in Salem, Oregon with his wife Martha. They have three children, ages 24, 20 and 19. (written in 2000)

MOORE, BECKY (79 graduate)

Winner of 10 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and track. Becky was the Athlete of the Year in 1976 at Scenic Junior High, the Most Valuable Player in track in 1976 and 1977, most inspirational in 1978, All Conference in volleyball, basketball and track in 1979 and was a four time All State athlete in track. Becky was the state champion as a freshman in the shot put; placed third as a sophomore; placed second as a junior and was again state champion as a senior. She attended Oregon State University on a track scholarship, but knee injuries ended her competitive career. Today, Becky lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her son and works for Assets where she has been named one of the top ten employees in Alaska. She is one of the top directors in the company, creating jobs and opportunities for handicapped people throughout Alaska. (written in 2000)

TITCHENAL, DAVID (84 graduate)

Winner of seven varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. David was selected first team All Conference in football, first team All State in football and played in the Shrine Game in 1984. He also was unanimous first team All Conference in basketball, first team All Conference in baseball even after missing over half the season with a broken foot and was selected as the Southern Oregon Conference Athlete of the Year. David attended Azusa Pacific on a football, and baseball scholarship. He was a three year letterman in football playing with NFL great Christian Okoye. He was also a three-year letterman in baseball, earning first team All Conference in 1987. In 1989, David was selected to the Oregon State Fast Pitch softball All Star team and helped lead his team to the state championship, eventually finishing 8th in the national tournament. Today David lives in Aurora, Oregon and is a middle school teacher and coach at Woodburn Middle School in Woodburn, Oregon. (written in 2000)

ALLEN, BILL (69 graduate)

Winner of 5 varsity letters in football and wrestling. Bill was All Conference honorable mention in football in 1967 and 68. He was 4th place district wrestler in 1967, district wrestling champion in 1968 and 2nd in Oregon State Meet, district champion again in 1969 and state champion in 1969. He was 2nd in Oregon State freestyle and state champion in Greco Roman. Bill attended University of Washington from 1969-73 and was a 4 year letterman. In 1971 he was PAC 8 champion, Western Regional Champion and was # 4 ranked wrestler in the NCAA. Bill works in Seattle for the Iron Worker local #86 and has become one of the premier motorcyclist having won the National Championships in both Off Road series and Enduro series. (written in 1997)

RYAN, MARTY (76 graduate)

Winner of 4 varsity letters. He was a letterman in football in 1975 and a 3 year letterman in wrestling 1974-76. He was 2nd in district in 1975 and placed 4th in the State Championships in 1975. He also finished 2nd in the National Greco Championships in 1975. He was District Champion in 1976 and finished 3rd in the 1976 State Championships. In 1976 he was State Champion in the Oregon Freestyle Championships; State Champion in the Oregon Greco Championships and was National Champion in Greco Roman. He was also on the 1976 cultural exchange program. Marty attended Oregon State University from 1977-81 where he was a four year letterman. He was PAC 8 Champion in 1977; was PAC 10 Champion in 1978; and placed 3rd in PAC 10 in 1979. He was regional Olympic trial champion in 1980 and was PAC 10 Champion in 1981. Marty was named to the NCAA All American team two times in 1977 and 1981. He was also honored in 1981 as the PAC 10 Outstanding Wrestler of the Year. P Marty owned his own business in Gresham, Oregon and currently lives in Central Point. (written in 1998 and updated in 2005)

FRANK, GLEN (82 graduate)

Winner of 3 varsity letters in wrestling. He was three-time District Champion, two-time State Champion in 1981-82, 3rd in the State Freestyle Championships in 1980-82, State Greco Champion in 1982 and 2nd in the National Greco tournament in 1982. Glen wrestled for the United States Marine Corp and represented the United States in the Pan American Games. He was 1st alternate to the United States Olympic team in 1988. Glen graduated from Colorado School of Mines where he was a 4 year letterman in wrestling. He was conference Champion all four years, placed 7th in the NCAA National Championships in 1990, 2nd in the NCAA National Championships in 1991 and was the NCAA National Champion in 1993. (written in 1998)

HARTGRAVES, DEAN (84 graduate)

Winner of 4 varsity letters. He was selected 2nd team All Conference in football in 1983. He was 1st team All Conference in baseball as a Designated Hitter and Pitcher in 1984 and received All State recognition as a pitcher also in 1984. He attended the College of the Siskiyous where he was a two year letterman in baseball receiving the Wilson Scholar Award in 1986. He attended Fresno State where he lettered in baseball and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Portland State in 1990. Dean signed with the Houston Astros in 1987 and played in their farm system nine years. In 1988 he threw a no hitter in the South Atlantic League; 1989 threw his 2nd no hitter in the Florida State League; in 1992 played in the AA All Star Game; in 1995 pitched at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs; in July 1995 won his first major league game against the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1996 became a member of the Atlanta Braves and was a member of the National League Championship team. He pitched for Atlanta against the New York Yankees in the 1996 World Series. Dean is presently pitching in the San Francisco Giants organization. (written in 1998)

DAN SPEASL

Dan, a 1974 graduate of Southern Oregon University, was a teacher, counselor and coach at Crater High School from 1974 until his retirement in 2004. During his tenure as the Comets Head Wrestling Coach and subsequently Athletic Director “Speas” and his successor Greg Haga took the wrestling program from the ranks of also-rans to the State of Oregon's most successful program. The Comet juggernaut has claimed six State titles in the past 12 years. Dan also served the Comet cause as an assistant Football and Baseball coach. From 1975 - 1979 Dan was the Head Girls Cross Country Coach, and served the same capacity for the boys squad from 1988 -1992.
“Speas” was a 3 time All-American, while wrestling for Southern Oregon University from 1972-1974. He was named Oregon Wrestling Coach of the year in 1981; inducted into the NAIA District II Hall of Fame in 1985; the Southern Oregon University Hall of Fame in 1992 and this past year Dan was given membership in the elite Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“Speas” is a Co-Founder of the Crater Foundation and the Crater Parent/Community Scholarship Dessert Auction. Hundreds of kids seeking aid as they pursue their post high school goals have received thousands of dollars through the vision of Dan and his co-workers. Additionally, Dan organized and aided in the construction of the Crater Sports Park, housing our baseball and soccer programs. (written in 2005)

THE 1953 FOOTBALL TEAM

On Friday, September 5, 2005, during halftime of the Crater - Redmond football game, the Crater High Football Team of 1953 was inducted into the Crater High School Athlete Hall of Fame. In attendance were 26 of the former players, long time Crater coach Leonard Warren and Doris Knapp, the widow of the late coach, Ed Knapp. This team of 45 members posted a 19-4 record, winning 3 Jackson, Douglas and Josephine County league titles. The 1953 season was capped with a 20 - 14 upset of the Medford Black Tornado the only Crater football team to defeat Medford Senior High School. This special group of athletes had 17 who participated in college athletics, 10 who achieved All-Conference status, 2 who were Collegiate All-Americans, 6 whio were head coaches at the High Schoo or College level, 6 who own their own businesses, 1 a retired Oregon State Police officer, 1 a retired Fire Fighjter, 3 were career Armed Services, 3 hold PHD's, 1 was a missionary and 4 who have been inducted into the Hall of FAme as individuals.
Members of that ‘53 team were: Larry Bigham, Marvin Bohnert, Jay Bowker, Gordy Carrigan, Dick Davis, Nathan Douthit, Bob Elden, Bill Evans, LeRoy Gillaspey, Jerry Golden, Allen Gosnell, Duane Goyette, Don Goyette, Bob Gray, Johnnie Greb, Neil Green, Don Hall, Dick Hamilton, Dick Harnes, Doug Harsh, Melvin Harsh, Bob Hill, Fred Hogue, Don Hubbard, George Juveland, Kay Kelley, Bob King, Carl Koellner, Bob Lance, Harold Lefler, Jack Lilly, Harry Mallon, Norman Mallon, Bob Mason, Delbert Mayfield, Howard Morris, Jerry Neitzel, Very Parent, Don Parker, Dave Parker, Frank Saxbury, Roger Seaman, John Shama, Frances Smelts, Bill Smith, Cliff Smith, James Stegall, Peto Thompson, Gordon Tidwell, Harvey Tonn, Adrian Van Horn, Dick Walker, LeRoy Waterhouse, Herb Webber, Jim Welch, David Wright, Lyle Yocum and Jerry Young. (written in 2004)

THE 1974 BASEBALL TEAM

The 1974 Crater Baseball Team was the first team in the eighteen year history of the school competing at the 4A level, to win a Southern Oregon Conference championship. They finished the season with a 16-4 conference record and 25-4 season record. They then defeated Willamette High of Eugene 8-2 in the state quarter final game and followed that with a 3-1 win over South Salem in the state semi final game. This set up a state championship game in Portland's Civic Stadium against Lakeridge. Unfortunately the Lakeridge Pacers defeated Crater 4-0 in the State Championship game. The Comets ended the season with a second place state finish and a 27-5 season record.
The Comets were led by All Conference players, infielder Harry Uhles, catcher Don Matejka, outfielder Pete Van Middlesworth, infielder Ron Reames and pitcher Jerry Christie. Other members of this outstanding team were: Norm Weiss, John Webb, Rick Wooten, Chris Tooley, Ernie Rozell, Dean Irvin, Jim Karlas, Lloyd Duman, Jim Shinkle and managers Brian Vicklund and Reggie McShane.
The Crater team was coached by head coach, Don Jaquette, with assistants Bill Atwood and Dave Saks. (written in 2004)

 

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