You ready for some (women’s) football?

Bassett High School head coach Aubrey Duncan is also the head coach of The Los Angeles Amazons women’s professional football team, which started in 2002 and are winners of three straight women’s professional league football titles with a combined record of 23-1 since 2007.
The Amazons are conducting open tryouts for the 2010 season on Saturday and Dec. 18 at Kelby Park in Covina, located at 815 N. Barranca Ave. Both tryouts start at 9 a.m.
The Amazons are asking that players bring their own workout clothes, plus pay a $25 tryout fee.
For more information, call the Amazons at 626-676-1959 or visit their website,

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It’s official, Bishop Amat at Servite in 2011; Amat looking for week two opponent, any takers?

Mike “The Cousin” has a big road trip in 2011. Servite, who won the Pac-5 title and will face Concord De La Salle in Saturday’s state championship, will host Bishop Amat at Cerritos College in their home opener, which will be the Lancers’ road opener in 2011. Servite’s first three games are at Oceanside followed by its home game against Amat, then a road game at La Habra, winners of four straight divisional titles. On Amat’s schedule include Venice, Cathedral, Damien, Garfield, Servite and the Serra League. Bishop Amat is still looking for a week two opponent at home on Sept. 16. Amat’s preference was to schedule a week 10 opponent, but it appears they will have a bye in week 10, unless someone steps up the plate. So, who’s available in week two?

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Press box officials blow it on championshp night

Prep reporters from the Orange County Register should have been treated better at Saturday’s Mid-Valley Division championship between Monrovia and Whittier Christian. According to our very own eyewitnesses working the game, officials working the Arcadia High press box demanded that all reporters be out of the press box less than 30 minutes following the game, or roughly 10:30 p.m., which is asking a lot of reporters when it’s a championship that ends at 10:05 with a ceremony on the field that follows. The O.C. reporters were trying to finish their stories when they were asked to pack up and leave. The O.C. reporters asked for a few more minutes but apparently were escorted out, which turned into an ugly scene that required police to be summoned to the press box. Police took statements and no arrests were made, but you will probably hear more about this in the days to come.

Fred’s comment: Something needs to be done for working members of the media who cover championship games that aren’t at big venues like Anaheim. At those events, CIF officials are there and are very kind allowing reporters to finish their stories. That same courtesy needs to be extended to all venues hosting championship games. These are by far the toughest to cover because of late starts, celebration and ceremonies that follow championship events. And when you have out-of-area reporters like the O.C. register, you need to be gracious hosts, there is nowhere else for them to file their stories but the press area. To rush reporters out less than 30 minutes following a game is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, we should be allowed at least 45 minutes to finish since CIF requires a short “cooling off” period before we start interviews on the field. We’re trying to provide memories in the newspaper that last a lifetime, but apparently those working the games don’t want to allow for few a extra minutes so we can do our job. Totally unacceptable.

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West Covina boys and San Dimas girls basketball tournaments underway this week

The tournament season continues this week with the West Covina high school boys basketball tournament and the San Dimas high girls team with plenty of good local teams involved. I’ll update scores throughout the week as long as I get emails from tournament directors updating us…deal?

West Covina Boys Tournament
Pool A: Bishop Amat, Don Lugo, Bassett
Pool B: Damien, Monrovia, Nogales
Pool C: West Covina, Charter Oak, San Dimas
Tonight’s round-robin at West Covina High School
San Dimas vs. Charter Oak, 4 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Don Lugo, 5:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Nogales, 7 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Monrovia vs. Nogales, 4 p.m.
Bishop Amat vs. Bassett, 5:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Wednesday’s round-robin
Don Lugo vs. Bassett, 4 p.m.
Damien vs. Monrovia, 5:30 p.m.
West Covina vs. Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Note: Finals will be held Thursday through Saturday

San Dimas girls basketball tournament
Pool A:
San Dimas, Chino Hills, West Covina
Pool B: Gladstone, Antelope Valley, Nogales
Pool C: Fullerton, Diamond Ranch, Rosemead
Pool D: Santiago, Northview, Claremont
Tonight’s round-robin games at San Dimas HS
Gladstone vs. Nogales, 3 p.m.
Santiago vs. Northview, 4:30 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Diamond Ranch, 6 p.m.
San Dimas vs. West Covina, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday’s round-robin
Chino Hills vs. West Covina, 3 p.m.
Antelope Valley vs. Nogales, 4:30 p.m.
Diamond Ranch vs. Rosemead, 6 p.m.
Northview vs. Claremont, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s round-robin
Santiago vs. Claremont, 3 p.m.
San Dimas vs. Chino Hills, 4:30 p.m.
Gladstone vs. Antelope Valley, 6 p.m.
Fullerton vs. Rosemead, 7:30 p.m.
Note: Championship on Friday, 7:30 p.m.

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Scouting Guru: Better late than never, and he loved his trip to Kiefer and the Amat fans

The Scouting Guru has been all over the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, and like always, he’s offered to share his thoughts, free of charge. Don’t hate, enjoy it for what it’s worth, which is one man’s opinion on the talent in the San Gabriel Valley.

The Guru says: Well, it’s finally over. No, I’m not talking about your Christmas shopping (and knowing all over you bloggers, you have even started your shopping yet have you?). No, I’m talking about the high school football season. The final pass has been thrown, the final tackle has been made and the champions have been crowned. So, you might be asking, “Hey, Guru – where the heck have you been?” (Ok, in truth only some of you, while the others were too busy still trying to figure out how Covina beat West Covina). Well, I’m doing some work over in the San Fernando Valley at Crespi High School but maintaining my scouting status in this area and the Inland Empire. It’s been very busy, but fun as well. I never knew how pressure packed it would be to coach in the Pac-5…but now I know.

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With all that football over the weekend, Bonita girls basketball quietly moves to 5-0, wins Covina tournament over Roosevelt, the team that knocked out Bishop Amat

By John Honell, Correspondent
Bonita High School used a stifling defense to successfully defend its Covina girls basketball tournament title with a 46-40 victory over Roosevelt of Corona on Saturday night. The Bearcats (5-0) held the Mustangs (5-1) scoreless for more than 10 minutes from the 4:52 mark of the second quarter to the 2:51 mark of the third.
“The first two games of this tournament, our defense wasn’t very good,” Bearcats coach Darren Baumunk said. “Last night (against Valley Christian) and tonight I think we stepped up our defense. I think we held them to two points in the second quarter.”

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Sunday Tribbin: Say goodbye to the Billy Cats; it appears Ruiz is back next season

Now that another football season has come and gone, we still start posting fall all-league teams on the blog and in the newspaper over the next week…..

Will never call Monrovia the Billy Cats again, they shed that forever with a 38-8 win over Whittier Christian on Saturday to win the school’s first title in their tenth championship appearance. They’re finally at piece at M-Town.

Speaking of Saturday’s game, I ran into West Covina coach Mike Maggiore who said nine starters return on defense, which includes all-everything Chris Solomon. Scary right? Maggiore also said the Bulldogs scheduled Loyola on the road in 2011.

Mr. L.A. Times Eric Sondheimer tweeted from Anaheim during Servite’s 41-27 win over Mission Viejo in the Pac-5 final: “Word from the pressbox at Angel Stadium. Father of Bishop Amat QB Rio Ruiz says his son is definitely playing football next season.” Further, word is Bishop Amat and Servite might meet next season, stay tuned.

Finally, Star-News reporter Miguel Melendez said police were summoned to the Arcadia High School press box following Saturday’s game between Monrovia and Whittier Christian. Melendez said police were called over a press box dispute that involved press box officials and reporters working the game, which did not involve Melendez or Whittier reporter Andrew Campa. Melendez said no arrests were made.

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Mt. SAC wins another CCCAA title, routs CCSF

Mt. San Antonio College, featuring a unit that includes former area stars Nick Lamaison (South Hills), Michael Edwards (Glendora), Bryce McBride (Los Altos), Marcus Wagner (Bishop Amat), Michael Harrell (Charter Oak) and Deshawn Gaise (Bishop Amat), rolled to its second consecutive California Community College Athletic Association title by routing City College of San Francisco, 34-7, on Saturday.
The question is could these Mounties, who are 26-1 the past two seasons and who feature a load of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision prospects, beat UCLA, or even USC?

Mt. SAC coach Bob Jastrab: “I’m so proud of these kids and what they accomplished. They came out and played today. I can’t say enough about the defense, to shut a great team like that down and give up only seven points.The offense, scoring 34 points, we clicked on all cylinders, especially the past few weeks. These guys deserve everything they get by winning this national championship.”
Quarterback Nick Lamaison: We were hungry. Our guys wanted this second consecutive national title and we got it. We worked hard all year, every single day, and it pays off in the end.”
Defensive lineman Bojay Filimoeatu: It was just a great team effort, from offense, to defense to special teams. We worked real hard all season, we didn’t want to waste it. It was a great win for us, some of our sophomores who didn’t play last year. It was a great honor for us to go undefeated and get them this title.”

Encore performance: Mounties capture another state championship

Mt. SAC defense rises to occasion

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Joy and Pain: A finale worth the wait, West Covina breaks Bonita’s heart in the final seconds, captures the Southeast title in a thriller, 37-33

The best game of the year in the last game of the year, the way it should be. Been doing this a long time and never felt for a team more than I felt for Bonita, a cruel way to lose, no other way to explain it. It was a game that will go down as one of the all-time greats, had atmosphere and a fourth quarter shootout in week fourteen, what more could you ask? Garrett Pendleton delivered the game of his career, passing for 357 yards and putting his team in position to win setting up Brandt Davis’ 39 yard field goal with 1:45 left for a 33-30 lead. Even on West Covina’s final drive, Bonita had a chance at a pick that would have sealed the deal, but it left the door open and the Bulldogs walked in. Chris Solomon’s 20-yard run was followed by Aaron Salgado’s 17-yard run to the Bearcats’ 1, setting up George Johnson’s one-yard touchdown run with 25 seconds left for a 37-33 victory and the Bulldogs’ second championship since 2004.

Game story, West Covina 37, Bonita 33: West Covina High School football coach Mike Maggiore knew he had arguably some of the best talent in the area. But the Bulldogs also showed another trait that can be decisive in championship football games — heart.

Aram Column: Yes, the Bulldogs are champions this morning. Victors over Bonita in one of the Valley’s greatest-ever games Friday … but not before giving their fans a major scare and allowing the ghost of their only defeat this season into the stadium.

George Johnson’s night: Numbers have never told the story of West Covina High School quarterback George Johnson.

Garrett Pendleton’s night: After breaking his arm the week before football season began, Garrett Pendleton somehow played 10 games in 2010. The Bonita High School quarterback would’ve given it all back for the last 24 seconds of his senior year.

For a look at Keith Birmingham’s championship photo gallery, click thread.

Highlights and interviews with the Inland Insider, Tom Kiss

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Arroyo Tournament: Bishop Amat, West Covina and Walnut all knocked out in quarters

Arroyo Tournament: California High School came from behind in the second half to knock off West Covina 54-47 in the quarterfinals of the Arroyo Invitational boys basketball tournament on Wednesday. The Condors (2-2) will face Keppel, a 58-54 winner over Walnut, in Friday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. Arcadia, a 56-53 winner over Bishop Amat will face La Canada in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. The winners play on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., for the championship.

Wednesday’s quarterfinal results
La Canada 71, Montclair 47
Arcadia 56, Bishop Amat 53
Keppel 58, Walnut 54
California 54, West Covina 47
Friday’s semifinals
Keppel vs. California, 6 p.m.
La Canada vs. Arcadia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s championship, 7:30 p.m.

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CIF-SS Football championship games

Of the 13 championships this weekend, two are played at Angel Stadium, one is played at a community college and seven are played at the home field of schools hosting the title. Only three games were moved to alternate high school sites, two of which are here in the Valley, Bonita moving its game to Walnut and Monrovia moving its game to Arcadia. I still don’t get it, are we really saying Bonita and Monrovia couldn’t handle the large traveling parties of West Covina and Whittier Christian. Are the Bulldogs and Heralds fans so massive that Walnut and Arcadia were better choices? I still disagree, especially when I see so many teams using their advantage and playing at home.

CIF-Southern Section championship games
Friday’s championships

Southeast Division
West Covina (12-1) vs. Bonita (12-1) at Walnut, 7 p.m.
Inland Division
Vista Murrieta (12-1) at Corona Centennial (13-0), 7:30 p.m.
Northern Division
Westlake (12-1) at Oaks Christian (11-2), 7:30 p.m.
Western Division
Arroyo Grande (11-2) at Serra (13-0), 7 p.m.
Central Division
Colton (10-3) at Rancho Verde (13-0), 7:30 p.m.
Southern Division
Garden Grove (12-1) vs. Beckman (8-5) at Orange Coast College, 7:30 p.m.
Northwest Division
South Torrance (12-1) at Lompoc (10-3), 7 p.m.

Saturday’s championships
Pac-5 Division

Mission Viejo (13-0) vs. Servite (13-0) at Angel Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest Division
Tustin (12-1) vs. La Habra (10-3) at Angel Stadium, 2 p.m.
Eastern Division
Summit (10-2-1) at Elsinore (11-2), 7 p.m.
Mid-Valley Division
Whittier Christian (12-1) vs. Monrovia (11-2) at Arcadia, 7:30 p.m.
East Valley Division
Paraclete (12-1) vs. Sierra Canyon (12-1) at Granada Hills, 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Division
Boron (12-1) at Bishop (12-1), 6 p.m.

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Girls Volleyball: St. Lucy’s and Chino Hills lead the way in CIF-SS postseason awards

Clay Fowler, Staff Writer
St. Lucy’s senior Deanna Dalton was named the CIF-SS Division 2AA volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday, and St. Lucy’s coach Sean Douglas was named Coach of the Year after leading the Regents to their first CIF championship in school history. Dalton, who finished with 242 kills and 250 digs, helped St. Lucy’s win the CIF-SS Division 2AA title on Nov. 20 and the CIF State tournament Southern California final on Nov. 30. Senior middle blocker Alissa Young and junior setter Jackie Macy of St. Lucy’s were named first-team all-CIF. (To continue, click thread).

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Bonita’s Johnson is a leader and has walked the walk during the Bearcat’s playoff run

“You dream of having opportunities like this,” Johnson said. “You can’t let the hype, the media or what they’re saying in the newspapers get to you. But you recognize it’s a big game, the biggest game. You don’t want to come this far and lose. You just don’t. You know how this goes: people don’t remember who finished second, they remember who won the championship.” Bonita running back Giomani Johnson

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Bonita High School running back Giomani Johnson was sitting at his table when Fox Sports analyst Chris McGee spoke at Monday’s CIF-Southern Section champions luncheon in Long Beach. McGee repeated a famous quote U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks delivered to his team before beating the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics in what many consider the greatest upset in the history of American sports. Brooks said, “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” Johnson was listening and has been taking advantage of his chances during the Bearcats’ playoff run. (To continue click thread).

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Bonita’s Eric Podley ponders how to flip the script against West Covina in Friday’s rematch

“I’m not sure there’s a magic bullet to stop them. We just have to play better and hope we get some breaks. They’re pretty darn good. They’re awfully loaded with running backs. And probably their offense is the best we’ve faced in a couple years.Bonita coach Eric Podley

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The memory of Bonita High School’s 55-21 loss to West Covina on Oct. 29, and how it happened, still burns bright for Bearcats football coach Eric Podley. That night, the Bearcats were beaten badly by West Covina’s big-play potential and a lack of cash-in opportunities when they had the ball deep in Bulldogs territory. It added up to an uncharacteristic loss from which Bonita has bounced back with five consecutive wins and a rematch with West Covina in Friday’s 7 p.m. CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game at Walnut High.

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Wednesday Boxscores: Bonita defeats San Dimas 2-0 in girls soccer rivalry

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to For Wednesday’s boxscores, click thread.
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Debate over who gets open invite for state championship will heat up after Centennial beats Vista; And what if West Covina had beaten Covina, would 14-0 have earned them an invite?

The L.A. Times’ Eric Sondheimer on Sunday’s state bowl selection: For me, Centennial has been the best team I’ve seen all season when it comes to offense, defense and special teams. But strength of schedule matters, and the Pac-5 champion will have the stronger schedule. You know what else, if West Covina had beaten Covina and entered 13-0 in Friday’s championship, would the Bulldogs be in line for a state bowl bid? Probably not, not without a major win on the resume. If they had scheduled Bishop Amat or Mater Dei like in years past and won, and were undefeated, then you could make a strong case for a state bowl bid.

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Tuesday Boxscores: Glendora boys hoops and Bishop Amat girls soccer off to 6-0 starts

Inside Tuesday Boxscores
Boys Hoops: Fresh off winning the Baldwin Park/Sierra Vista tournament, the Glendora boys soccer team is 6-0 after beating Kennedy 56-53 in overtime in round-robin play in the Fullerton tournament, where Ayala got a win too….
Girls Hoops: Bonita beats Chaffey 62-26 to improve to 2-0 in the Covina tournament, where it could meet Bishop Amat in Saturday’s final.
Girls Soccer: Lauren Stupin scores two goals in Los Altos’ 4-0 win over Kennedy, and reigning player of the year April Juarez scored four goals in Amat’s 7-0 win over Wilson to improve to 6-0.

For your daily dose of results for boys and girls soccer, basketball, wrestling and girls water polo box scores, this is for you. During the week I will post box scores emailed or phoned into us the previous night. For you results to appear in the newspaper and on the blog, call your results to 626-962-8811, ext. 2233 or 2242 or email them to For Tuesday’s boxscores, click thread.
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Off and Running: Bulldogs backfield has bite

By Aram Tolegian, Staff Writer
The West Covina High School football team is running its way to a CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship. What type of running? Well that depends on which ball carrier of the several that Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore has to choose from is handling the rock. There’s speedster Beejay Lee. Then there’s bruiser Aaron Salgado. There’s also Jimmy Frazier and Charles Tucker, who combine a little of Salgado’s bruising style with a hint of Lee’s speed. Last but not least, the star of the group is Chris Solomon, who has breakaway speed, good power and cutback ability. With a group so talented, it’s no wonder that West Covina (12-1) will take on Bonita (12-1) for the division title at 7 p.m. Friday at Walnut High. (To continue, click thread

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West Covina knows all about rematch games, Bonita much healthier for the championship

“We’re looking forward to this game. We’re healthy, it’s not like the first time around. We’re playing a lot harder too, we’ve got our postseason minds going on right now.” — Bonita running back Giomani Johnson

By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
In Garrett Pendleton’s defense, when the Bonita High School quarterback faced West Covina on Oct. 29, it was just his fourth game since returning from an elbow injury. Although Pendleton threw for 279 yards and a touchdown in the Bearcats’ 55-21 loss, he was sacked six times and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown late in the first half that turned what could have been a 20-20 halftime score into a 27-13 Bulldogs lead. (To continue, click thread)

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Arroyo Boys Basketball tourney results and schedule; Quarterfinals on Wednesday

Boys Basketball
Arroyo Invitational
Monday first-round results
Top Bracket

La Canada 61, La Puente 50
Montclair 55, Wilson 40
Arcadia 58, Los Altos 46
Bishop Amat 62, South El Monte 40
Bottom Bracket
Keppel 76, Baldwin Park 50
Walnut 59, Monrovia 57
California 48, Arroyo 46
West Covina 57, Alta Loma 39

Tuesday’s second-round consolation
At Arroyo High School

Wilson 57, La Puente 47
South El Monte 65, Los Altos 63
Baldwin Park 63, Monrovia 45
Alta Loma 50, Arroyo 47

Wednesday’s quarterfinals
At Arroyo High School

La Canada vs. Montclair, 7:30 p.m.
Arcadia vs. Bishop Amat, 6:30 p.m.
Keppel vs. Walnut, 3 p.m.
California vs. West Covina, 4:30 p.m.

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Best basketball rivalry and fans whenever APU meets Biola; Cougars win Tuesday, 71-57

By Steve Ramirez, Staff Writer
Azusa Pacific University hasn’t quite lived up to the billing of being the NAIA preseason favorite during the first month of the men’s basketball season, but Tuesday night was the exception. Reggie Owens scored 15 points and Danny Nugent had 12, and the No. 9 Cougars rolled to a 71-57 victory over archrival Biola in a Golden State Athletic Conference game at the Felix Event Center. APU, also getting 11 points from Marshall Johnson, improved to 6-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The No. 16 Eagles, getting 17 points from Curtis Eatmon, lost for the first time this season, dropping to 7-1 and 2-1.

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Mike “The Cousin” Robledo recaps his year on Coveritlive — Join him in the season finale on Friday when West Covina meets Bonita for the Southeast title at 7 p.m.

By Mike Robledo
It was a great ride this season covering the SGV on Coveritlive. This being my first full year riding shotgun as your host on Coveritlive, I got to cover 18 different teams over the course of a 15-week season. I covered games from the stands (Dominguez & Alemany), the roof of a press box (Ganesha High) and nearly froze to death on a 50-foot platform at Muir High. With the exception of a school I will not name, each and every school was gracious in allowing me to bring you Coveritlive.
A very special thanks to all the readers who logged on and participated. We certainly gained momentum in viewership and participation as the playoffs progressed. During last weekend’s dual Coveritlive with Fred and myself, we peaked at over 2000 comments during the course of the evening.
A final thanks to Fred for having the faith to send his little cousin to bring you these games. There were more than a few occasions when Fred (and even Aram) would upset the masses with a blog post or an opinion in a column, then readers would spot me in the press box and let me have it, thinking I was Fred. Your passion comes through not only here on Fred’s blog, but at the games as well. It’s what High School sports is all about.
Entering the final weekend of the 2010 football season, here are some of my memorable (and not so memorable) moments this football year on Coveritlive: (To continue, click thread)

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