Mike Scroggins Leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial After First Round

by Jason Thomas January 27, 2011 10:08

Eight-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, leads the 64-player field in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial after the first Round of 64 block Thursday with a 1,677 seven-game pinfall (239.57 average). He had games of 290, 259, 200, 213, 209, 269 and 237.

Scroggins, who had been in a bit of a slump since the World Series of Bowling last November felt his game returning to form after last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions where he finished 19th.

“Making match play last week at the Tournament of Champions was a good confidence builder,” said Scroggins. “During the World Series I think I bowled the minimum number of games you could bowl—didn’t make the top 16 in any of the events.

“Sometimes I get into a phase where my timing isn’t where it should be and that was the case in the World Series, but I think I have that corrected now and I’m feeling much more comfortable.”

Mika Koivuniemi, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions and record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title, finished the first block in 21st with a 1,528 pinfall.

He’s hoping to keep the momentum going after winning the T of C for his third major.

“When you’re bowling good, you’re bowling good,” Koivuniemi said. “When I won my first tournament (2000 USBC Masters) I made the show the next week so hopefully I can do that again this week. It’s easier to keep bowling good than having to start bowling good.”

Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze will have some work to do to advance to match play currently sitting in 56th place.

The entire field will bowl another seven-game round later this afternoon after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to Friday’s match play. After match play has concluded the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.


PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Round of 64 First round

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,677.
2, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,650.
3, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 1,645.
4, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,613.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,604.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,591.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,572.
8, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,560.
9, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,556.
10, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,553.
11, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,547.
11, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,547.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,546.
14, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,544.
14, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,544.
16, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,538.
17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,537.
18, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,535.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,532.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,530.
21, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,528.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,524.
23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,522.
24, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,520.
25, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,517.
26, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,513.
27, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,511.
28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,499.
29, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,494.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,491.
30, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,491.
32, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,472.
33, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,467.
34, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,460.
35, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,455.
36, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,447.
37, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,445.
38, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,443.
39, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,441.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,438.
41, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,435.
42, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,434.
43, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,428.
44, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,416.
45, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,415.
46, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,413.
47, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,410.
48, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,405.
49, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 1,404.
50, Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 1,401.
51, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,397.
51, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,397.
53, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,390.
54, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,381.
55, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,380.
56, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,368.
57, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 1,362.
57, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,362.
59, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,346.
59, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,346.
61, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,340.
62, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,334.
63, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,328.
64, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,300.

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Dave Wodka Leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial TQR For Second Consecutive Year

by Jason Thomas January 26, 2011 10:43

Dave Wodka of Chatsworth, Calif., repeated as top qualifier in the Tour Qualifying Round of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Wednesday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, averaging 225.14 for seven games to pace the 13 players who will advance to the tournament's Round of 64 on Thursday.

Wodka, a former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player who won his only PBA Tour title in the 1999 Greater Detroit Open, finished the seven-game TQR with a 1,576 total, 41 pins ahead of Jon Brandon of Santa Clarita, Calif. The 13 players who advanced out of the TQR will join 50 members of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., who was granted a PBA Commissioner's Exemption for the event, for 14 qualifying games Thursday.

After leading the TQR last year, Wodka finished in 56th place. He hopes to improve this year.

"I'm hoping to have a little better showing this year," he said. "I'd like to make the match play cut (top 32 after Thursday's qualifying round) and go from there.

"I bowled really well in the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas last week, except for the first round," he added. "I did the same thing in the World Series of Bowling early in the season. I made the wrong ball choices and adjustments, and couldn't recover.

"I'd absolutely love to win another title. It's possible, but I just have to bowl better physically and mentally. You can't ever give away pins to these guys."

Competition continues Thursday with two seven-game Round of 64 rounds beginning at 10 a.m. The field will then be cut to 32 players for match play on Friday. After match play has concluded the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.


PBA Tour Qualifying Round 

1, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,576.
2, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,535.
3, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,520.
4, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 1,513.
5, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 1,507.
7, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,505.
8, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,503.
9, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,490.
10, (tie) Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,471.
12, (tie) Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., and Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,455.


Did not advance:

14, (tie) Greg Thomspon Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,437, $700.
16, Marvin Hale, Roswell, Ga., 1,419, $500.
17, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,418, $400.
18, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,417, $350.
19, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,416, $300.
20, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,415.
21, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,413.
22, Austin Kircher, Orangevale, Calif., 1,400.
23, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,398.
24, (tie) Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., and PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,396.
26, Lindsey Wong, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,393.
27, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,383.
28, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 1,377.
29, Steven Black, Phoenix, AZ, 1,373.
30, Kevin Beber, Albany, Calif., 1,371.
31, Dave Houck, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,370.
32, David Doyle, Pacifica, Calif., 1,369.
33, Noah Berger, Berkeley, Calif., 1,368.
34, (tie) Chris Pitts, Fresno, Calif., and Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,363.
36, Chris Hillman, Fremont, Calif., 1,362.
37, Larry Wheeler Jr., Benicia, Calif., 1,360.
38, Scott Boyle, Salida, Calif, 1,359.
39, Garrett Richardson, Martinez, Calif., 1,358.
40, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,318.
41, Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 1,316.
42, Richard Torres, Antioch, Calif., 1,308.
43, Jim Woodard, Benicia, Calif., 1,303.
44, Ivan Yee, San Francisco, 1,302.
45, (tie) Daryn Young, Danville, Calif., and Randall Harmon, San Jose, Calif., 1,299.
47, Kenneth Daily, San Leandro. Calif., 1,294.
48, Kioni Sodaria, Stockton, Calif., 1,292.
49, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 1,291.
50, Joseph Leon-Guerrero, Guam, 1,287.
51, Dave Moore, Hickman, Calif., 1,280.
52, Sal Bruno, Antioch, Calif., 1,279.
53, Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,269.
54, Ramon Estrada, San Diego, 1,267.
55, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,250.
56, Timothy Nelson, Antioch, Calif., 1,236.
57, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,225.
58, (tie) Clark Walmer, Brentwood, Calif., and David Johns Jr., Brentwood, Calif., 1,219.
60, Shawn Amatori, San Francisco, Calif, 1,211.
61, Scott Chistensen, Ripon, Calif., 1,200.
62, Wilie Thomas IV, Richmond, Calif., 1,198.
63, Jeffery Mendonca, Atwater, Calif., 1,189.
64, Eddy Perez Sr., Richmond, Calif., 1,173.
65, Shane Nash, Houston, 1,164.
66, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 1,160.
67, Joe Branco, Hilmar, Calif., 1,153.
68, Joshua Lewis, Stanford, Calif., 1,146.
69, Chris Bennett, Antioch, Calif., 1,126.
70, Derryck Mertz, French Camp, Calif., 1,123.
71, Joel Dyson, Milpitas, Calif., 1,103.
72, Chris Kraft, Ceres, Calif., 1,090.
73, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,087.
74, Terry Ferguson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,071.
75, Joe Monastiero, Livermore, Calif., 1,003.

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Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Moves to ESPN2 For This Week’s PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

by Jerry Schneider January 24, 2011 07:30


The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour moves to ESPN2 Sunday for the finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) from Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

Heading the list of the world’s greatest bowlers competing in the Earl Anthony Memorial, which will be conducted Jan. 26-30, are 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi and runnerup Tom Smallwood. Koivuniemi defeated top qualifier Smallwood, 269-207, last Saturday to win the record $250,000 first prize in the $1 million Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

Smallwood, who gained nationwide media attention—including a feature in Sports Illustrated—for winning last season’s PBA World Championship after being laid off from his job at General Motors, earned $100,000 for second.

After rolling a dramatic 299 game against Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the semifinal match, Koivuniemi threw another 10 strikes on 12 tries against Smallwood to become the first international player ever to win the PBA’s signature tournament.

“I can’t even say what this title means right now,” Koivuniemi said after winning his ninth PBA Tour tournament and third major title. “It was my third major and I have nine titles now. I hope I can win a few more and secure a spot in the hall of fame.”

Also competing will be Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill.

LaCaze, who finished a respectable 24th in his first Tournament of Champions last week, won his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in last year’s Earl Anthony Memorial, throwing three clutch strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to defeat Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., 214-206, in the title match.

LaCaze trailed until he threw the biggest strike of his life in the ninth frame and followed with two even bigger strikes in the 10th to force Machuga to double in his 10th frame to win. Machuga got the first strike, but left a 10 pin on his second to hand LaCaze the $25,000 first prize.

Also entered are:

•2011 PBA World Championship winner and 13-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes.

•Bowling legend, all-time PBA Tour titles leader (47) titles and former nearby Stockton, Calif., resident Walter Ray Williams Jr.

•2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick, the first woman to win a PBA Tour event.

•Two-time Earl Anthony Memorial winner Wes Malott.

•PBA titlist and two-handed specialists Jason Belmonte of Australia.

•Hall of Famers Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III and Johnny Petraglia.

•Three-time PBA Tour titlist Dave Arnold who now makes his home in Dublin, Calif.

•Former exempt player Wayne Garber of Modesto, who was granted a commissioner’s exemption.

The 2011 Earl Anthony Memorial is the third tournament of PBA’s “live-telecast” Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour schedule. The first six Tour events were telecast on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN.

Competition will get underway Jan. 26, with a Tour Qualifying Round where non-exempt bowlers will bowl seven games to try to qualify for the 64-player exempt field.


Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 26-30 (all times Pacific)


9 a.m. - Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Qualifying Round (7 games total pins)

4:30 p.m. - Practice session

7 p.m. - pro-am


10 a.m. - Round of 64 Round 1 (7 Games)

5 p.m. - Round of 64 Round 2 (7 Games)

Cut to the top 32 Players


11 a.m. - Match Play Round 1 (9 games)

Cut to top 16 players

6 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 (9 games)

Top 4 advance to ESPN finals


Pro-Am Events and PBA Fan Day 
9 a.m. - Youth pro-am
11:15 a.m. - Senior pro-am
1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. / Adult pro-ams


11 a.m. - Live ESPN2 Finals from Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl

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Pedersen, Eagle and Nicholson Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

by Jerry Schneider January 23, 2011 10:47


The PBA inducted 13-time PBA Tour titlist Randy Pedersen, Senior Tour standout Dale Eagle and former PBA Tour lane maintenance director Len Nicholson into the PBA Hall of Fame during post-Tournament of Champions ceremonies Saturday evening at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

Pedersen, 48, is currently the color analyst for Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour telecasts on ESPN but he earned entry into the Hall based on his accomplishments on the lanes. The Clermont, Fla., resident had a break out year in 1987, winning the PBA National Championship and then winning the Fair Lanes Open the next week.

Called one of bowling’s great clutch players by Hall of Fame emcee Nelson Burton Jr., Pedersen had 34 top-five finishes in 561 Tour tournaments during his career, finishing in the top 20 in earnings six times and the top 20 in average eight times. His accomplishments contributed to his ranking of 35th on the PBA’s list of 50 greatest bowlers as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

“It’s been a long time coming, but when you think about it, who would have thought a beach bum from southern California would end up here?” Pedersen said. “As a kid I spent a lot of time on the beach and played basketball, but bowling was always my first passion.

“I owe everything to the sport of bowling and to PBA. The friendships I made, my bowling accomplishments and announcing bowling on television are all thanks to the PBA and you can’t put a price on that.”

Eagle was the second player elected into the Senior section of the PBA Hall of Fame, following John Handegard, who was inducted in 2009. The Frisco, Texas, resident has 11 career Senior Tour titles which ranks tied for third all-time. Among his titles are four Senior majors – Reno PBA Senior World Invitational (1997); The Villages Senior World Championship (1999); PBA Senior National Championship (2001), and USBC Senior Masters (2003).

Eagle was the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year in 1996 and Senior Player of the Year in 1999. In 171 PBA Senior Tour tournaments he has finished in the top five 40 times. He also won 10 Senior Regional titles and three PBA Tour titles.

“I’d just like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart. It’s been quite a ride,” said the 64-year-old Eagle. “Bowling and the PBA have been my life and to be recognized as a great player has made my dream a reality.”

Inducted into the meritorious service category, Nicholson’s career was devoted to the science of bowling lane maintenance and for more than 20 years the Tucson, Ariz., resident was the PBA Tour’s lane maintenance director. Nicholson, 70, gained worldwide industry recognition as one of the foremost experts on the subject of lane maintenance.

Nicholson was instrumental in developing the PBA Lane Maintenance Program in 1971 which is still referred to today. He was a founding member of the Bowling Foundation which was created to find solutions to scoring issues in bowling. An instructor, author of several bowling publications and host of the popular Phantom Internet radio bowling program, he also has served on the technical committee of the World Tenpin Bowling Association. He was a recipient of the bowling industry’s Flowers for the Living Award and the John Davis Award in recognition for his contributions to the sport.

“This is absolutely hard to believe and just awesome,” said Nicholson. “I made a lot of friends in this sport who had a tremendous influence on me and for that I’m grateful.

“You need friends, family and good co-workers because without their support I would not be here tonight. This is something I never expected but will cherish forever.”

Other awards presented during the ceremonies were the Bowlers Journal Person of the Year, Glenn Allison Hero Award and World Bowling Writers International Bowler of the Year awards to 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick. Norm Duke also was presented with his Glenn Allison Hero Award for winning a record three consecutive PBA major tournaments over the 2007-‘08 and ’08-‘09 seasons. Bowling writer Bill Vint was the recipient of the World Bowling Writers Golden Quill Award for excellence in bowling journalism.

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“Major Mika” Koivuniemi Wins PBA Tournament of Champions, Record $250,000 First Prize

by Bill Vint January 22, 2011 09:21

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., defeated top qualifier Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, Saturday to win the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

After rolling a 299 game against Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the semifinal match, Koivuniemi threw another 10 strikes on 12 tries against Smallwood to become the first international player ever to win the PBA’s signature tournament.

“I can’t even say what this title means right now,” Koivuniemi said. “It was my third major and I have nine titles now. I hope I can win a few more and secure a spot in the hall of fame. And my oldest daughter is starting college next year, so the money will help.

“It helped to get past my first match,” he added. “I haven’t had a lot of breaks on TV lately. Even after I shot the 299, I held myself back and stayed focused. It would have been nice to shoot 300, but it’s more important to win the title.”

Koivuniemi earned the nickname “Major Mika” after winning the 2000 United States Bowling Congress Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open – both major championships - for his first two PBA titles after a highly successful international career where he won titles in 15 different countries.

“Mika bowled great. He won,” said Smallwood, who earned $100,000 as runner-up. “He out-bowled all of us. He had a great look at the lane condition and he made the shots. And winning $100,000 can make you a good loser.”

In the semifinal match, Koivuniemi came within a wobbling 10 pin of becoming the first player in PBA history to shoot two nationally-televised 300 games. The 42-year-old right-hander rolled a perfect game against Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., in Windsor Locks, Conn., in 2003.

Koivuniemi easily defeated Daugherty, 299-100, because Daugherty’s television debut was a disaster. The 35-year-old Floridian left seven difficult – if not unmakeable – splits in rolling the lowest nationally-televised game in PBA history. Daugherty converted two pins after leaving the 4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame to shoot an even 100, erasing the 129 bowled by Steve Jaros in Lake Zurich, Ill., in 1992. Despite his record low score, Daugherty took home $50,000 for third place.

“I destroyed Jaros’ record,” Daugherty grinned. “I would have been more upset if I’d shot 260 and lost. I really wasn’t nervous. I just threw the wrong ball and made some bad shots. Once I was down 50 pins and threw another split, I was just trying to get out of Mika’s way.

“But I still had the most fun I’ve ever had in my life this week, including today. I’d rather shoot 100 today than earlier in the week. I made $500 a pin today. That’s more than Mika made, pin for pin.”

Koivuniemi began his march to the title with a 224-220 win over Gomez in the opening match when Gomez failed to double in the 10th frame. Both players showed early jitters – Koivuniemi leaving a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot and Gomez missing a 7 pin in his second frame – but both recovered with strings of strikes. Gomez used his string of five in a row to take the lead heading into the ninth frame, but made his biggest mistake, leaving and missing the 3-4-6-7 split to hand the lead back to the Finnish native.

Koivuniemi had a chance to lock up the match with a strike on his first shot in the 10th frame, but left a 10 pin to give Gomez a chance. Gomez earned $40,000 for his fourth place finish.

The first prize and total prize fund were the richest in bowling history. The finals, which aired in high-definition for the first time in PBA history, returned to ABC for the first time in 14 years.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s next event is the One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial which begins Wednesday at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev., Saturday, Jan. 22

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., three games, 792 pins, $250,000.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., one game, 207, $100,000.
3, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., one game, 100, $50,000.
4, Andres Gomez, Colombia, one game, 220, $40,000.

Match One:
Koivuniemi def. Gomez, 224-220.

Semifinal Match:
Koivuniemi def. Daugherty, 299-100.

Championship Match:
Koivuniemi def. Smallwood, 269-207.

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