Category Archives: Gloucester Sports

Recap of August International Dory Races 2015.

Saturday, August 22, 2015, Lunenburg, NS
International Dory Races

It was a great day of racing this past weekend with good match ups in all divisions, that are gaining momentum each year.  US women’s team Amanda Palazzola and Lindsey Rogers in their 2nd year of dory racing competed in a close race to the very end losing out to arguably one of the best Canadian women’s teams of all time (Kath Moore & Gail Atkinson).  The Junior men’s category showed two teams with similar boat speed but the Canadian’s John Ernst & Jack Smith navigated a superior course to a win over Tyler Edmonds and Thomas Beaton.  I believe both of these teams will have 1 final year competing against one another in the Junior category.  The US mixed team’s 18 year old Lily Jean Sanfilippo broke an oar on the start in her very first race.  She was pretty rattled and had to row with unfamiliar gear, but made the US team and her partner Bill Edmonds proud with a valiant effort.  Canada’s newly paired mixed team Danette Eden/Willy Wells looked like they had rowed together for years, and  with superior course navigation and composure, they powered to a victory.  The Over 50 match-up pitted last year’s US contenders Alex Thomas/Donny Favaloro against Canadian living legend Walter Nickerson (with 5 decades of experience and too many wins to keep track of) & 8 year dory mate and equally successful Danny Moody.  There are not too many 50+ or younger who would like to see Walter and Danny line up beside them in a dory.  As expected, Walter & Danny piled up another win for the Canadians despite the heart felt efforts of the Americans.  And, in the final race of the day 3 time International Champs Glenn Harrington/Erik Dombrowski faced off with 5 time consecutive International Champs Joel George/Markus Schmidt.  After a close race to the turning flag, the Canadian team executed a perfect approach and turn gaining a lead and extending it back to the finish line.  Joel and Markus are excellent rowers with an unmatched work ethic in the dory, showing all the teams in the event the passion and dedication it takes to dominate dory racing.

A great day of racing in front of a good sized crowd after a very foggy start on picturesque Lunenburg Harbour was capped off by an afternoon/evening of camaraderie with US and Canadian rowers and friends rekindling long time friendships, swapping rowing stories and challenging each other with future competition to determine who has the world’s best dory rowers.  Don’t miss the 2016 June International Dory Races in Gloucester, MA.

Best wishes and a sincere thank you to CDRA and the Nova Star for making this event possible, pleasurable, and exciting for all participants and fans.  With all of your help, we have continued a 53 year tradition born out of schooner dory fishing heritage and national pride.

Team USA takes some time off from rowing to see the cliffs & caves at the famous Ovens Park.

The 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race Is Next week!


Hi Joey,

We are pleased to announce the 39th running of the Magnolia Road Race to benefit the Magnolia Library Center next Saturday morning. This year, the great Joe Nadeau Band featuring Sandy Peek will perform right on Lexington Ave at the finish line.

The traditional kid’s 1K Fun Run will begin at 8:30AM followed by the USATF approved 5K Road Race at 9:15 AM.  The 1K Fun Run route will follow Norman Ave. to Shore Road to Hesperus Ave. to Lexington Ave. and finishing at the Library. The 5K road race map below outlines the route and streets that could be affected between 8:30AM and 10:15AM.  Senator Bruce Tarr will officially start the 5K while Cape Ann Savings Bank EVP and Team Gloucester running legend Bob Gillis will kick off the 1K.

Still Time to Register To Run: It is easy to register any of the following ways:

· On-line at  ($25 or $20 for Magnolia Residents; $5 for the kids fun run)

· If you choose to register on race day, please be certain to show up well before race time. ($30 race day)

We hope you can run our classic 5K (3.1 miles) race or come out to cheer on the runners! Race day registration is in the Library. The starting line is at 1 Lexington and Norman in front of the Library Center.

All are welcome to join in the Library’s pancake breakfast and Gloucester Police touch a truck!  Kids get free pancakes and entry to the Library’s Bouncy House as part of their 1K entry fee.

Sponsors:  The race committee could not be more pleased by the generosity  of our sponsors this year.  Led as always by the Cape Ann Savings Bank, we are so grateful to the following companies:

Cape Ann Savings Bank, Machine Tech., Inc., Extreme Truck & Auto, O’Hara Industrial Service

Manchester Athletic Club, Bass Rocks Golf Club, Shannah Montessori School, Jennifer’s Hair Studio and Spa, LUX Realty Group

Magnolia’s, Building Center, Rooter Man, Freedom Fitness, Hiltz Disposal, Lee Pasture Farms, The Joe Nadeau Band

Daymark Solutions, Cape Ann Auction, Magnolia 525 Tavern, Jim’s Bagel & Bake Shoppe, JPL Landscaping

Good Morning Gloucester, Jungle Stuff, Palazola’s Sporting Goods

For Safety the Following Roads will be Closed During the Event:

Norman Avenue, from Ocean Ave to Dalton Ave ( 8:25AM-8:35AM; 9:10AM-9:20AM)

Lexington Avenue, from Hesperus Ave. to Norman Ave. (8AM to 10:45AM)

Magnolia Avenue from Magnolia Square to Western Ave. (approx. 9:25AM to 10:10AM)


PS: We are still looking for race volunteers.  If interested, please reach out to


Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video

Hi Joey,
My lovely wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry and Scott Tyrrell paddled a 4-person outrigger canoe in last week’s Blackburn Challenge. We belong to Boston Outrigger Racing Association and our club was well represented in this year’s event. The 4-person outrigger is called “The Duke” and had a couple of GoPro’s running. As you know, the seas were big and there was plenty of adventure! Our “ama” or outrigger filled up with water and we had to drain it on the beach in Gap’s Cove. We had a terrific race and hope Good Morning Gloucester enjoys our video!

Pre-Blackburn Challenge Outrigger Canoe Video From Scott Ide

Hi Joey,
Yesterday, my wife, Mary Kay, Cindy Perry, Scott Tyrrell and I paddled an outrigger canoe from Salem, MA to Corliss Landing on the Annisquam to get a 15+ mile practice in before next week’s Blackburn Challenge.  We made this a one-way journey from where our club Boston Outrigger Racing Association keeps our canoes in Salem so that we can have the boat near Blackburn Challenge’s race start.  Here’s a short video clip of the adventurous sea conditions somewhere past Kettle Island.

International Dory Races Schedule of Events for June Races 2015


Pick up your 2015 dory rowing shirts Race side at the Jodrey State Fish Pier this Saturday at 10 AM!

Schedule of Events for June Races 2015

Thursday, June 18th, 6:30 pm – Canadian Reception

       At: St. Peter’s Club

*All committee members are welcome to attend and greet the Canadian rowers.

Saturday, June 20th, 10 am – International Dory Races

       Versus Nova Scotia, Canada

       At: Jodrey State Fish Pier

*Open to the public.

Saturday, June 20th, 12 noon – Awards Banquet

       At: Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center

*All committee members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Thank You!

Your International Dory Committee’s Board of Directors

MAGNOLIA ROAD RACE – June Registration Special

MAGNOLIA ROAD RACE – June Registration Special

Magnolia Road Race Committee is pleased to announce our 39th annual 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday August 29.

Good Morning!

The Race Committee is pleased to announce our 39th annual 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on Saturday August 29. 

We hope you will join us again this year and bring the entire family to Lexington Avenue for a morning of fun and competition.  As an early enticement, we are offering a third off the 5K race day fee if you sign up before the end of June.  You will find the registration link with more information at

The 1K kids Fun Run is still $5.00 and includes entry to the pancake breakfast.  All kids get a medal for participating.

There are cash prizes for the 5K and its first 100 entries will get a free running shirt.  These are always long gone by race day, so please register early. 

The Gloucester Police Department is again planning to have a touch-a-truck after the race.  The bouncy house was a huge hit last year and will be back. 

The Joe Nadeau Band will be performing live at the start and finish lines.  The band was killer last year and shouldn’t be missed whether you are running or not

Best Wishes

Randy O’Neil

Magnolia Road Race Committee

PS  Please let me know if you might be interested having your business help sponsor the race. We have been blessed by the support of the business community, and definitely promote our partners on the shirts and race day banner. 

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International Dory Races Saturday, June 20th 10 AM – Noon at Jodrey State Fish Pier

International Dory Races

Saturday, June 20th 10 AM – Noon at Jodrey State Fish Pier

Don’t miss your US Dory teams competing against Nova Scotia, Canada for the International Dory Championships next Saturday in historic Gloucester Harbor.  For over 60 years these famous fishing ports have been slugging it out behind the oars to determine the finest dory rowers now in 5 divisions: Men’s Open, Junior Men, Women, Master’s (Over 50) & Mixed Doubles.  This year’s US teams feature locals Dylan & Clayton Morrissey, Tyler Edmonds/Thomas Beaton, Lindsey Rogers/Amanda Pallazola, Mark Harmon/John Scola, and Lily Jean Sanfilippo/Bill Edmonds.  Enjoy a couple hours of family entertainment on the waterfront where past and present will converge in a battle of strength, skill and seamanship.

See you there!

Travel aboard the Nova Star, the official travel sponsor of the IDRC & CDRA to Nova Scotia with team USA in August (10th – 31st) and receive a 10% discount when mentioning promo code “Dory” when booking your trip.

Sport the latest IDRC gear for sale at the races or on-line at Thank you Cape Ann Savings Bank our Team US race shirt sponsor!

Meg Colby, 7th grader At O’Maley Earns 3 Gold Medals At The Special Olympics!

Joey, hope all is well.   Would you post this about one of our Special Olympics Athletes:

Meg Colby, 7th grader from the O’Maley School. Has been swimming for the New England Aquatics Special Olympics earning 3 gold medals in qualifiers, 100m freestyle, 50m back stroke and the anchor leg for the 4×4 deadly relay team. Her older sister Marybeth a student at GHS has been a coach for 3 years dedicated to younger swimmers and Dad Brian coaches a mens swim team.   

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Here is a picture of Meg in action – Backstroke

Submitted by Thom Falzarano

Lennie Merullo finds David Cox


Lennie recently passed away at the age of 98 (May 5, 1917 – May 30, 2015), during his 50 years of scouting for the MLB, he found David Cox, see Newspaper clipping from Gloucester Times, stating that while scouting in the New England area. He had come to watch Gloucester’s Frankie Destino and Lynn English’s Johnny Hyde, but found in the midst David Cox.

“This Cox boy is a smooth operator, and looks like he can hit” said Lennie. “He’s a senior, you say? Looks like a good collge prospect to me. Has the arm, the speed and the power. One of the best boys I’ve seen this season”.



David continues to show his passion for sports through his photography of local Gloucester High School Sports, and published here on GoodMorningGloucester. David’s GMG Posts


Dory elimination final results, Monday evening June 1, 2015

Damon Cummings submits-

Open division finals, one mile course off Niles beach at 6 pm Monday June 1, 2015
Dylan and Clayton Morrissey 9:57
Jimmy Tarantino and Joe Comminelli 10:08
Vito Giacalone and Mike Mitchell 10:10
There was a strong NE breeze and intermittent rain and fog but they raced in the lee of Eastern Point so waves and wind were not bad until way out.
The race was close as you can see from the times and the lead changed several times. The Morrisseys will be going to Canada in the end though.

2015 US Dory Eliminations This Saturday, May 30th 8:30 AM at Niles Beach, Gloucester

Editors Note:  if you’re from someplace else and you really want to immerse yourself in a great Gloucester tradition that doesn’t happen in Plainville USA, then here’s your plan-

You get up and head down East Main Street past our dock (Captain Joe and Sons) past Brown’s Yacht Yard, past Duckworth’s Bistrot, past Beacon Marine and you stop at Last Stop Variety and you grab  coffee and some of their incredible muffins and then you venture on past to Niles Beach to watch the eliminations.  It is such a Gloucester thing and filled with excitement and beauty.  There you, go, I just laid it out there for you, now get to it!



Saturday, May 30th 8:30 AM at Niles Beach, Gloucester
US Dory Races

Dory Races

Saturday, May 30th 8:30 @ Niles Beach

The IDRC will host it’s annual Elimination races this Saturday to determine which teams will represent the US against our Canadian rivals for the International titals in 5 categories (Mixed-Doubles, Junior Men, Women, Senior Men, & Masters).  This is a great opportunity to see modern day competition in boats from our seafaring past.
Expectations are for some very exciting races, with last years June Champs Mike Mitchell/Vito Giacalone and August Champs Dylan/Clayton Morrissey returning to competition.  Also, competing in the Senior Men Division will be some former International Champs Sanfillipo/Duval, Harrington/Dombrowski, and Tarrantino/Cominelli.  You don’t want to miss this!
All IDRC members are welcome to compete, but must register Friday, May 29th 6PM at St. Peter’s Square in Gloucester (or via email before sign-ups).  These races are for teams only, so you must have a partner to sign up.  And, membership dues must be paid prior to competing.  Please share this email with friends and family, as all are encouraged to come down and check it out.

Coastal Elite Cheer Academy & Club GRAND OPENING CELEBATION SUNDAY MAY 31ST 6-8 PM


Coastal Elite Cheer Academy & Club

Home of the Coastal Elite Rebels All Star Cheer Team

Located at Browns Mall 11 Pleasant St., Gloucester


*Birthday Parties * Open Gym * Toddler Tumble Classes * Toddler Open Gym* All Star & Recreational Cheering * Fitness Classes * Tumble Clinics & Private Classes*Cheer Dance*



Cheer dance exhibition – Raffle Tickets and door Prizes –

Discount Class Passes – meet our instructors – summer session discounts

$25 Off Birthday Party Bookings

a chance to win 2 Red Sox Tickets with any purchase (excluding merchandise)

· Keep checking the website schedule for updates to the CEC schedule

Cape Ann Fishermunn track team Competed In Their First Special Olympic Qualifying Games!

On Sunday May 17th the Cape Ann Fishermunn track team (named in honor of Jim Munn) competed in their first Special Olympic Qualifying games at Milton Academy. Thirteen athletes competed in a total of thirty-four events and earned twenty-three Gold medals, three Silver, and one Bronze. Every athlete won at least one gold in their individual event entitling them to compete against other gold medalists in the State Games at Harvard Stadium this June


relay team crush

2015 Essex River Race Results

Results for this year’s Essex River Race. The
race happened yesterday, May 16.  It’s an approximately 5 1/2 mile race
down the Essex River, around Cross Island by Conomo Point, and back to
Rt. 133 at the Essex Ship Building Museum.  The conditions were awesome,
temps in the low 70’s, sea breeze, overcast with just a hint of a
sprinkle now and again.
Chris Chappell, you can post these on the web site.  I am quite
confident of the results as the timing crew was impeccable.  So I am
also sending this out to the press.
Wonderful day, excellent event.  Thanks to all!
Peace, Dave


Boat Time    Place      Crew
169    51:39 1  Abi Kornet
                Allison Corbett
                Mark Fitzgerald
                David Martin
                Lauren Prentiss
28     52:41 2  Ellen Desjourdy
                Bobby Oliver
                Tierney Matt Lucitt
                Susan Bryant
29     54:21 3  Christine Guinee
                Kate Griffin
                Scott Lucitt
                Jack Quigley
                Brent Landquist
30     55:41 4  Morgan Fechter
                Michael Fechter
                Ryan Conforti
                Joe Donoghue
                John Liffman
3    1:03:40 5  Michael Pecca
                Paul Gratta
                George Bushnell
                Peter Comrack
                Mike Novak


Boat Time    Place      Crew
144    52:45 1  Rowan Walauski
                Gregory Stafford
                Ethan Shaw
                Jonathan Fulford
                Andrew Carpenter
                Kevin Brown
                John Dillenbeck
47     53:29 2  Roy Rodgers
                Tracy Cunning
                Susan Cutting
                Anne Hallee
                Hannah Kreutzer
                Tanya Lubansky
                Monica Piccinini
44     59:19 3  Peter Oberto
                Rick Anderson
                Jim B
                Lauren Chartier
                Dave Chartier
                Susan Daniels
                Ron Rege
166  1:01:44 4  Joe Fung
                Mary Evans
                Austin Geist
                Ioana Solomon
                Anna Yoors
23   1:04:19 5  Michelle Conlon
                Theresa Albano
                Judi Flaherty
                Don Ritz
                Steve Oeschger
                Phil Ricci
                Karyn Stauss
43   1:07:52 6  Suzanne Clerkin
                Alan Budreau
                Peter Begley
                Margaret Belmonte
                Julia Brotherton
                Ted Cakounes
                Marty Rodweller
103  1:12:47 7  Sarah Smith
                Maile Black
                Peggy Dillon
                Nancy Dudley
                Erica Everett
                Martha Lazarus
                Donna Ramsden


Boat Time    Place      Crew
190  1:18:00 1  Richard Wills
53   1:20:48 2  Steve Goodick
170  1:21:22 3  Douglas Mclellan
64   1:21:42 4  Fred Ebinger


Boat Time    Place      Crew
32   1:16:43 1  Josh Massey
                Patrick Haslett
117  1:17:16 2  Eric Penanhoat
                Sonya Penanhoat


  Banks Dory Single
Boat Time    Place      Crew
114  1:20:15 1  Jeff Lenihan


  Banks Dory Double
Boat Time    Place      Crew
8    1:07:16 1  Thomas Cominelli
                James Tarantino
55   1:17:24 2  Jeff Burgess
                Jamie Karlberg


  Paddleboard – Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
122  1:19:07 1  Kim Reilly
42   1:19:58 2  Allison Reid
152  1:33:49 3  Sheila Woelfel
188  1:54:29 4  Heather Goodrow
198  1:57:57 5  Marielle Yost
17   1:59:29 6  Corinne Hopkins


  Paddleboard – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
74   1:02:08 1  Travis Hayes
66   1:02:14 2  Rod McLain
72   1:02:21 3  Mike Kirk
80   1:03:53 4  Chris Begg
101  1:08:57 5  John Stevens
59   1:11:31 6  Gregg Behlman
1000 1:13:28 7  John OHara
63   1:13:29 8  Shawn MacDonald
67   1:15:39 9  Daniel Johnson
195  1:16:07 10 Jim Bernard
89   1:17:14 11 Bob Arnot
168  1:24:57 12 Bob Blair
25   1:27:31 13 Bill Zinser
48   1:29:49 14 Troy Hogg
57   1:34:58 15 Kyle Clark
40   1:37:19 16 Andrew Lunnen
10   1:40:53 17 Jeff Ouellette
76   1:55:06 18 Brian Pimentel
116  1:57:05 19 Brett Mahoney


  Tandem Canoe
Boat Time    Place      Crew
15   1:09:06 1  Scott Ide
                Mary Kay Ide


  Fixed Seat Single
Boat Time    Place      Crew
21   1:04:48 1  Sumner Roberts
62   1:07:18 2  Jon Aborn
5    1:10:07 3  Michael Cushing
24   1:13:29 4  Tony Owens
196  1:15:53 5  Arthur Kuckes
50   1:23:35 6  Lou Guarino
110  1:25:30 7  Buck Harris
151  1:25:54 8  Richard Honan
56   1:39:48 9  George Grimes


  Fixed Seat Double
Boat Time    Place      Crew
165  1:09:05 1  Michael McGarty
                Denessa McGarty
147  1:13:52 2  Ken Warnock
                Max Warnock
149  1:18:46 3  Kristen Roos
                Ian MacDougall
83   1:19:27 4  Matthew Honan
                Bill Honan


  Sliding Seat Racing – Double
Boat Time    Place      Crew
197    40:05 1  Patrick Riordan
                Joshua Crosby
189    41:13 2  James Besser
                David Voight
4      48:07 3  Rich Phelan
                Mark Lessard


  Sliding Seat Touring – Double
Boat Time    Place      Crew
20   1:08:07 1  RICHARD JACQUES
                BETTE JACQUES


  Sliding Seat Racing – Single Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
13     47:32 1  Rich Klajnscek
142    48:21 2  Whitney Hatch
191    49:57 3  Alan Aikens
70     52:22 4  Daniel Widmer


  Sliding Seat Racing – Single Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
38     49:56 1  Betsy Harling


  Sliding Seat Touring – Single Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
77     48:13 1  Ben Booth
86     51:29 2  William Rowe
81     53:59 3  Ray Panek
51     54:43 4  Stephen Sepe
193    55:22 5  Samuel Belk
163    55:45 6  Mark Allen
49     55:52 7  Dick Henry
46   1:01:06 8  Peter Jepson
88   1:01:10 9  Craig Wolfe
119  1:04:20 10 Richard Gilbane
18   1:10:46 11 Phillip Schreibman
140  1:11:04 12 John Napurano
7    1:20:00 13 Michael Hearn


  Sliding Seat Touring – Single Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
139    58:49 1  Annemoon Van Erp
138  1:00:56 2  Eileen Perry


  Outrigger Canoes Doubles
Boat Time    Place      Crew
109    55:22 1  Tom Warner
                Kristen Warner


  Outrigger Canoe Single – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
6    1:01:00 1  Bogdan Kordulski
187  1:23:36 2  Mark Fitzpatrick


  Outrigger Canoe Single – Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
37   1:29:21 1  Samantha Ladd
60   1:35:09 2  Anne Peterson


  SK Doubles
Boat Time    Place      Crew
150    57:14 1  Steve Fagin
                Ian Frenkel
75   1:27:47 2  E. Thomas Pennoyer
                Logan Carroll


  FSK Doubles
Boat Time    Place      Crew
1      54:07 1  Sarah Evertson
                Tucker Lindquist
146    56:32 2  Phil Sachs
                Rick Silverman
54   1:03:12 3  Phil Stearns
                Peter Britton


  HPK Doubles
Boat Time    Place      Crew
65     51:31 1  Phil Warner
                Robin Francis


  SK Single – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
27   1:00:25 1  John Karoff
2    1:02:19 2  John Messinger
58   1:05:05 3  Louis De Geofroy
52   1:05:34 4  William Woodson
111  1:06:20 5  Steve Yost
115  1:07:18 6  Greg Carroll
12   1:09:18 7  Phil Sherman
118  1:12:37 8  Peter Waddingham
199  1:14:56 9  Ben Fuller
141  1:16:04 10 Denis Harrington
14   1:17:13 11 Marc Parsons
11   1:20:34 12 Bob Weber
120  1:21:45 13 Tad Pennoyer
19   1:22:02 14 Charlie Daniels
106  1:27:26 15 Bob Harrison
123  1:39:18 16 Evan Pennoyer
82   1:39:31 17 Paul G Pennoyer


  SK Single – Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
145  1:17:33 1  Tamsin Venn
61   1:31:32 2  Dana Pedersen
105  1:36:15 3  Cecily Lalor
107  1:52:05 4  Barbara Harrison
71   1:52:08 5  Amy Dyment


  FSK Single – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
22     59:44 1  Andrew Cooper
9    1:08:32 2  Rick Battistini
167  1:15:40 3  Mike Sachs
33   1:17:20 4  Tim Richardson
112  1:26:06 5  Peter Schofield


  SS20Plus – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
194    54:10 1  Bob Capellini
102    56:09 2  Dana Gaines
16   1:06:29 3  George Hackford
68   1:12:56 4  Yoel Myers


  HPK Single – Women
Boat Time    Place      Crew
73     58:59 1  Mary Beth Gangloff


  HPK Single – Men
Boat Time    Place      Crew
90     45:49 1  Michael Dostal
121    47:11 2  Jan Lupinski
171    47:22 3  Hugh Pritchard
108    47:24 4  Greg Lesher
154    48:28 5  Eric McNett
153    48:38 6  Ben Pigott
143    48:57 7  Eric Costanzo
45     49:28 8  Bruce DelTorchio
148    49:56 9  Andrius Zinkevichus
31     49:58 10 Timothy Hudyncia
113    50:12 11 Sean Brennan
192    50:34 12 Wesley Echols
87     50:56 13 Timothy Dwyer
69     51:57 14 Jim Kowalski
39     52:56 15 Matt Drayer
104    53:22 16 Kirk Olsen
41     54:16 17 Mike herrera
26     55:30 18 Howard Thorburn
78   1:00:20 19 Timmy Shields
79   1:01:59 20 Chris Sherwood
164  1:09:00 21 Ari Shestopal

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