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WEEK 13 / May 27-June 1    
The 5-foot-11 junior right-hander posted two playoff victories, including his championship 5-2 nod over Mira Mesa in which he worked the first five innings. He allowed 9 hits, 4 runs and struck out 7 in rolling his record to 6-0 for the season.
JOSH ROSE, Granite Hills
The 5-foot-10, 185 senior outfielder batted .385 in leading the Eagles to the Open Division championship game against Rancho Bernardo. Four of his five hits were doubles and he scored 3 runs as the Eagles fell to the champion Broncos, 4-2,
WEEK 10 / May 6-11 WEEK 11 / May 13-18 WEEK 12 / May 20-25
KATIYANA MAUGA, Mire Mesa – Mauga, a senior, went down to the final game of the season, yet was able to equal the CIF-San Diego Secion record for career home runs when she hit her 41st against Patrick Henry on a shot to the opposite field in right. MOLLY HUTCHISON, Steele Canyon — Hutchison, a senior headed to North Carolina State, hit what could be considered the longest home run of the season, finding the pool at West Hills High for a 2-run blast in the top of the 7th inning, giving the Cougars a dramatic 4-3 CIF Division II playoff win over the Wolf Pack. The homer was Hutchison's eighth, and fourth in five outings. AMBER SCHISLER, Santana
Schisler led her senior class to its first CIF championship following three other deep runs in the Division III playoffs. In the title game against Cathedral Catholic, Schisler struck out four batters and smacked a 2-run homer in a 4-2 triumph at UCSD.
SEAN WALKER, Granite Hills – It was a memorable week for the 6-foot-3, 170-pound senior pitcher-second baseman. He collected three hits in eight at-bats and posted two pitching victories. No doubt the highlight of the week came when Walker asked Victoria Harding for a date to the senior prom by Walker . He yeah, she accepted DEREK RUSTICH, Grossmont
Rustich, a corner infielder bound for Texas Tech, helped the Foothillers capture the Grossmont Hills League championship. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Rustich was 4-for-5 with 5 RBI including a home run and 3 runs scored as Grossmont finished the season with two critical wins over Steele Canyon and West Hills to capture the GHL crown after finishing 0-15 last year.

GUISEPPE CASTANOS, Valhalla In the four playoff games since taking over at first base for the injured Dominic Donato, junior Guiseppe Castanos is 6-for-11 (.545) with 11 RBI, 3 runs scored, 2 doubles and a home run. He also walked four times and was hit by a pitch as Valhalla reached the San Diego CIF semifinals.
WEEK 7 / Apr. 15-20 WEEK 8 / Apr. 22-27 WEEK 9 / Apr. 29-May 4
MELISSA EGGLESTON, West Hills Eggleston, the Wolf Pack center fielder, produced key hits to help defeat both Valhalla and Steele Canyon, moving West Hills all alone at the top of the GHL standings. The senior also threw out a runner trying to take an extra base, preventing the potential game-tying run from reaching scoring position in the 7th inning against the Norsemen. SARAH NICKS, Grossmont
Nicks, a senior catcher, equaled one of the conference's toughest single-game records, becoming just the third player to ever hit three home runs in a ballgame. Nicks also collected seven RBI in the game against Valhalla, one shy of the conference record.

Schisler, a senior headed for McNeese State, equaled an East County public school record by registering nine RBI in a victory over ECVHS. Schisler batted 5-for-5, including a pair of home runs on Senior Day for the Sultans. She also gained the pitching victory.
A.J. GREGOROVIC, Christian
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound four-year catcher is perhaps one of the most underrated hitters in East County. In the Patriots’ 8-3 victory over Clairemont Gregorovic was 4-for-4 with his first varsity home run, a double and two singles. He also drove in four runs and scored twice to raise his average to .519 (27 for 52).
BRAD MORENO, Mount Miguel
The 5-foot-9, 155-pound junior pitcher-center fielder came through with a sterling performance in the Matadors 3-2 Grossmont Valley League showdown nod over Monte Vista. He pitched a complete-game six-hitter and struck out five. As a hitter, Moreno was 2-for-3 with two runs scored against the Monarchs.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior shortstop erupted for a .750 batting average (9 for 12) in the Wolf Pack’s three games last week. His biggest shot was a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 7th that carried the Pack to a 4-3 win over Helix in eight innings. He also scored four runs and drove in three.
WEEK 4 / Mar. 25-30 WEEK 5 / Apr. 1-6 WEEK 6 / Apr. 8-13
Gourley tossed a no-hitter, a pair of 1-hitters, and a 3-hitter, leading the Vaqueros to a tournament sweep to capture the Charger Invitational in Las Vegas. The University of Florida bound Gourley also slugged a pair of home runs, lifting El Capitan to 13 wins in their last 14 outings.
VICTORIA HATHAWAY, Granite Hills Hathaway, a sophomore corner infielder when not catching, slugged early home runs in two games, leading to Eagles victories over Vista and Monte Vista. She also posted a double in batting .500 for the week.

Labshere, the senior shortstop for the Norsemen, raised her season average to .587 after a big week. Labshere smacked a 2-run home run against GHL leading Steele Canyon, then went 5-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI against Granite Hills..

Hopkins was 6-for-13 during the Lions Tournament Premier Division as the Norsemen reached the division finals before succumbing to San Dieguito Academy 2-1 in the title bout. Hopkins was 6-for-13, with 5 RBI, and a double. On the mound he threw 5 innings of the Premier Semifinal 11-2 romp over Grossmont.
TANNER PERRY, Steele Canyon
In two Steele Canyon victories, the versatile 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior batted .667 with two home runs and 8 RBI to pace the Cougars past Monte Vista and Mount Miguel. He also scored three runs and stole two bases while playing flawless defense at shortstop.
The multi-talented senior lead-off man batted at a .600 clip (6-for-10) as the Foothillers opened the Grossmont Hills League season 2-1. In a 12-2 loss over Helix, Buchanan was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, four runs and three RBI. Overall, Buchanan hit for the proverbial cycle with three singles, a double, triple and home run.
WEEK 1 / Mar. 4-9 WEEK 2 / Mar. 11-16 WEEK 3 / Mar. 18-23
MOLLY HUTCHISON, Steele Canyon Hutchison, a senior catcher, saw all but one of her hits go for extra bases last week, leading her ballclub to a 2-1 mark at the Cougar Classic. She batted .571 (4-for-7) with a double and a pair of triples. CORTNEY HORNE, West Hills
Horne, a junior catcher, belted four home runs, including a pair against powerful Mira Mesa to give the Wolf Pack a 4-1 record for the week, including a final-round appearance at the Cougar Classic.
Schisler, a senior, posted a week's worth of excellence in a single day at the Hilltop Tournament. On Saturday, she batted 9-for-10 over three games, also gaining a pair of pitching victories to make the all-tournament team.
HUNTER STRATTON, Grossmont The Foothillers’ junior catcher batted at a .636 clip in helping Grossmont to a 2-1 start as the team snapped a 21-game losing streak dating back to last year. Stratton drove in seven runs with three doubles and a triple. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound receiver also scored three runs and stole a base.

TRENTON BROOKS, Granite Hills The senior southpaw batted .538 and posted a 1.40 ERA as the Eagles swept to four victories as they captured the Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament championship. He collected 7 hits in 13 at-bats, including three doubles. Brooks, who plays center field, pitched four innings in Granite Hills 1-0 championship game no-hitter.
A multi-talented senior, the Michigan bound Romano batted .545 with six hits in 11 at-bats as the Norsemen swept to three straight wins in the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament. He also scored four runs, whacked a home run, posted three RBI and stole a base. For the season, he owns a .786 slugging percentage.

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WEEK 13 / Feb. 18-23 WEEK 14 / Feb. 25-Mar. 2  
CASEY BALIKIAN, Steele Canyon A four-year starter, the 6-foot-3 senior guard scored 35 points as the Cougars reached the San Diego CIF Division II quarterfinals. Balikian was 11-for-12 from the free throw line in games against Mt. Carmel and Hoover. He tallied a season-high 24 points – hitting four 3-pointers – in a 70-59 loss at Hoover.
ANNA VIETTRY, Granite Hills
Viettry doesn’t always receive as much credit as is due her as the Eagles point guard, but the senior helped guide Granite Hills to the CIF San Diego Section Division I championship. Viettry rang up 30 points, dished 23 assists, notched 10 assists and took a pair of charges in the semifinals vs. Mission Hills and final vs. RBV.
The 6-foot senior stalwart knocked down 42 points as the Monarchs swept past Castle Park and Olympian to reach the San Diego CIF Division III semifinals. Porter punched in 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 66-61 overtime victory at Olympian. She netted 17 points and snagged 15 rebounds against Castle Park.
JEROME SHERMAN, Foothills Christian — The 6-foot freshman point guard scored 35 points, dished 16 assists, and grabbed 13 rebounds as Foothills Christian swept its way to the San Diego CIF Division V championship. Sherman nailed 10 of 14 shots from the field in a 101-56 quarterfinal victory over Maranatha.
WEEK 10 / Jan. 28-Feb. 2 WEEK 11 / Feb. 4-9 WEEK 12 / Feb. 11-16
A 5-foot-7 senior point guard, Bowers proved her mettle as a long range shooter as she drained 7 three-pointers in two West Hills victories. She totaled 29 points in the sweep and also blocked 3 shots, notched 5 steals, handed out 2 assists and snared 5 rebounds.
JOEY GRUBB, Granite Hills
The versatile 5-foot-10 senior guard scored 26 points, bagged 8 rebounds, recorded six steals, handed out 4 assists and blocked two shots as the Eagles split two Grossmont Hills League games.
The 5-foot-9 senior scored 21 points, collected 23 rebounds, dished five assists, recorded four steals and blocked one shot in the final two games as the Scotties concluded the season 16-8.
TOMMY RUTHERFORD (42), Grossmont — A 6-foot-7 freshman, Rutherford is arguably the top big man in East County. In three Grossmont victories Rutherford scored 45 points, collected 43 rebounds, dished 4 assists, made 3 steals and blocked 4 shots for the Grossmont Hills League leading Foothillers. ZARIA BRANCH, Mount Miguel
The youthful 5-foot-10 sophomore tallied 26 points, snagged 7 rebounds, dished 7 assists and collected 6 steals as the Matadors secured their 13th consecutive Grossmont League championship.
The versatile 6-foot-2 senior earned his second East County Sports.com athlete of the week honor of the year for scoring 37 points, snaring 15 rebounds, blocking five shots, dealing four assists and bagging four steals. Havird also was selected for this honor during football season.
WEEK 7 / Jan. 7-12 WEEK 8 / Jan. 14-19 WEEK 9 / Jan. 21-26
MARTIN PANAYOTOV, West Hills — The 6-foot-2 senior guard has been one of the driving forces for West Hills. In last week’s 4-0 sweep of Steele Canyon, Santana, Monte Vista and El Capitan, Panayotov scored 51 points, nailed 8 three-pointers, grabbed 18 rebounds, recorded 8 steals and dished 3 assists for the Pack. KANDICE KALASHO, Valhalla
The Norsemen’s senior floor leader scored a total of 38 points in Grossmont Hills League games against West Hills and Steele Canyon. She also made 11 of 16 free throws and connected on four three-pointers.
CALEB HOFFMAN, Foothills Christian It was a busy week for the 5-foot-10 junior guard as the Knights split four decisions. Hoffman scored 70 points, including 24 in a win over Mount Miguel. He also gobbled up 21 rebounds, notched 22 assists and recorded a dozen steals against the four foes.
SHYLA CRIGER-PHILIPP, Valhalla — The junior scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds as the Norsemen collected a pair of identical one-point victories – both 40-39 – against Santana and Helix. Criger-Philipp came up big against Helix with a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds. T.J. LEAF, Foothills Christian
A six-foot-7 freshman, Leaf continues to be the centerpiece of the Foothills Christian offense. In games against Santa Fe Christian and San Diego Academy he delivered 39 points and 31 rebounds. From the field he buried 14 of 29 shots, including a pair of 3s. He also blocked 6 shots and dished out 6 assists.
DEAJANAE HARVEY, Granite Hills The hard-charging 5-foot-6 sophomore guard played a key role in Granite Hills’ 59-54 overtime victory over West Hills in a battle of Grossmont Hills League front-runners. Harvey came off the bench for 13 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 3 assists.
WEEK 4 / Dec. 17-22 WEEK 5 / Dec. 26-29 WEEK 6 / Jan. 2-5
MONIQUE VAN, Steele Canyon
One of the most decorated athletes in Steele Canyon history, Van scored 17 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, handed out 4 assists and made 6 steals in the Cougars game against El Centro-Central. The 5-foot-5 senior point guard ranks 18th in her class of more than 500 seniors with a 4.61 GPA.
DANIEL KING, Steele Canyon
The 6-foot-5, 175 pound senior forward averaged 18.8 points per game as the Cougars posted a 3-1 record in the Atascadero Winter Tournament. He nailed a career high 35 points against Montclair and totaled 75 points in the four games. He was 19 of 32 from the free throw line.
The 6-foot-1 junior guard drilled in 16 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, recorded eight steals, dished three assists and blocked one shot as Mount Miguel clipped Santa Margarita 52-44 in the Matador Classic.

A 6-foot-3 senior forward, Swisher has been an unsung hero for the Foothillers, who reached the finals of the Grossmont Winter Classic. In the three games he scored 37 points, grabbed 18 rebounds, dished 9 assists and made 7 steals. He will obviously be a key ingredient in the Foothillers’ drive for the Grossmont Hills League championship.
A 5-foot-3 senior guard, Vargas earned Most Valuable Player as Monte Vista won the Aztec Holiday Invitational. She tallied 54 points, recorded 35 steals, dished 15 assists and made 15 of 20 free throws. She also nailed eight 3-point bucket in the series.
The 5-foot-11, senior kingpin of the Santana Sultans produced 56 points, buried nine 3-pointers, bagged 20 rebounds, handed out 13 assists, notched 9 steals and blocked two shots as the Santee squad finished third in the Las Vegas Invitational with a 3-1 mark.
WEEK 1 / Nov. 22-Dec. 1 WEEK 2 / Dec. 3-8 WEEK 3 / Dec. 10-15
ANDRE NIKKITA, El Cajon Valley — The 5-foot-11 senior guard scored 87 points and claimed 42 rebounds as well as dishing a dozen assists for the Braves in a four-game session. Nikkita promises to challenge for the East County scoring championship.
EMILY COLE, West Hills
The leader of the Wolf Pack collected 37 points on 15 of 29 shooting as West Hills swept past Vista and Torrey Pines. The 5-foot-11 senior guard canned seven three-pointers and picked off 8 rebounds.
IZZY WAGNER, Mount Miguel Wagner averaged 44.6 points per game as Mount Miguel streaked to a 5-0 start. The 6-foot-2 Wagner made 97 of 132 shots (.732 percentage) and 60 of 69 free throws (.870). The senior guard scored a school record 54 points against Hilltop, which ranks 5th on the San Diego CIF leaders. He also logged 33 steals and 26 rebounds.
SKYLAR WILLIAMS, Granite Hills — Sharp-shooting 5-foot-8 senior guard Williams has been a steady floor influence throughout her four-year career. Averaging more than 20 points per game this season, Williams has guided the Eagles to an 8-3 start.
JAHZDION TAYLOR, Monte Vista — The 6-foot-6 senior forward scored 36 points, claimed 51 rebounds and blocked five shots as the Monarchs went 2-2. Taylor ’s best game was against Clairemont where he scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a victory over the Chieftains. JAZMINE BRADLEY, Monte Vista A 5-foot-8 senior point guard, Bradley has scored 45 points, made 10 steals and 8 rebounds as Monte Vista defeated Montgomery and Ramona to raise its record to 6-1. She also posted 5 steals in each game and a total of 8 rebounds.

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WEEK 13 / Nov. 23   WEEK 14 / Nov. 30-Dec. 1
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior linebacker-tight end closed the season with a rush in the San Diego Section Division V battle against Francis Parker. He blocked a 27-yard field goal attempt in regulation which extended the game into overtime. The double-threat Patriots standout finished the season with 129 tackles, including 35 solo.
(left) – He’s not the biggest player in East County, but definitely is one of the most explosive. The 5-foot-7, 145-pound Lampart rushed 16 times for 162 yards in the Foothillers San Diego CIF Division I semifinal loss to second-seeded Eastlake 59-37.
WEEK 10 / Nov. 2 WEEK 11 / Nov. 9 WEEK 12 / Nov. 16
Milo, the 5-foot-10, 270-pound bulldozer, is a four-way starter on both sides of the trenches for the Highlanders and is clearly the top lineman in East County if not all of the CIF San Diego Section. He’s been a three-time All-East County pick and a two-time All-San Diego Hall of Champions media selection. He has been nearly impossible to block this season.
Brown, a 5-foot-10 senior, returned two kickoffs for 97 yards and 95 yards as the Norsemen riddled Rancho Bernardo, 52-21. Brown’s first return came 20 seconds into the game and he followed that on a 95-yard second-quarter scoring runback.
The 6-foot-2 senior reeled in six passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns for the Highlanders, who mowed down Grossmont Hills League rival Steele Canyon for the second time in three weeks. Keys also rushed for 25 yards on his lone carry and did his usual blue chip job in the secondary for the 10-0 Highlanders.
CHRISTIAN BROOKS, Grossmont — The speedy 5-foot-11, 160-pound junior hauled in a dozen passes for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Foothillers' 55-17 Grossmont Hills League rout of West Hills. Brooks’ collection of catches was one shy of the Grossmont High record and tied for fifth place on the all-time Grossmont Conference record book. SONNY SOMOATA, Mount Miguel — The aggressive senior linebacker was in his usual attack mode as his racked up 11 tackles – 5 solo – in Mount Miguel’s 26-14 knockout of Mater Dei Catholic in the first round of the San Diego CIF Division IV playoffs. Somoata owns a school record 101 tackles to date.
SEAN OLSZANOWSKI, West Hills — The 6-foot-1, 190 pound junior end is a major cog in the Wolf Pack defensive front that has been a West Hills stronghold all season, Olszanowski recovered a fumble that led to a Wolf Pack touchdown in West Hills’ 41-21 San Diego Division III playoff loss to host Ramona. Olszanowski recovered four fumbles and notched seven sacks for the Pack this season.
WEEK 7 / Oct. 12 WEEK 8 / Oct. 19 WEEK 9 / Oct. 26
JEFF BOWERS, Grossmont
Thirty seconds into Friday's game at Steele Canyon, the senior wide receiver was knocked out as he went up to catch a sideline pass in front of the Foothillers’ bench. “I was stunned and it was all a blur,” Bowers said. But the team doctor said he was okay, no concussion, so he returned to the game where he caught 8 passes for 84 yards – three of them for touchdowns.
Not many players do more for their teams than this versatile junior who serves in all three facets of the game. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Jackson bolted for 161 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in the Monarchs 38-28 Grossmont Valley League victory at El Capitan. Jackson also played cornerback and recorded seven tackles.
DEVAUGHN MURRAY, Mount Miguel — The 6-foot, 170-pound junior corner would have been credited with two interceptions for touchdowns in the Matadors’ 43-19 romp over Bonita Vista, but one was cancelled by penalty. Yet Murray is the East County leader with two “Pick-Six” TDs despite the one other nullification. He also had nine tackles and a fumble recovery against the Barons.
The Vaqueros’ quarterback-turned-receiver is adapting to his new position with great precision. A 6-foot, 175-pound senior, Alvernaz caught six passes for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns in El Capitan’s 35-21 victory over Santana. Alvernaz also returned a punt for eight yards to hoist his all-purpose totals to 145.
LONNIE TUFF, Steele Canyon
After overcoming a first game injury, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior running back has scampered for 294 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars, who are very much in the running for the Grossmont Hills League championship. In his latest outing Tuff rambled for 145 yards and two scores against Granite Hills.
The slender slinger completed 16 of 27 passes for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Helix grilled Grossmont 45-14 in the 61st annual battle for The Musket. The 6-foot-3, 160-pound junior, is filling the shoes of graduated QB Brandon Lewis who helped the Highlanders capture the state championship a year ago.
WEEK 4 / Sept. 21 WEEK 5 / Sept. 28 WEEK 6 / Oct. 5
VIRNEL MOON, El Cajon Valley The versatile senior reeled in a 64-yard touchdown pass and rushed for scores from 44 and 11 yards as the Braves submerged San Ysidro, 32-3, in a non-league game. The 5-foot-11, 151-pound Moon totaled 141 yards for El Cajon Valley (3-1), which is off to its best start since 2008 (4-0). ROBBY TENNENT, Granite Hills
Granite Hills came from behind to break into the win column for the first time with a 20-16 victory over El Cajon Valley in the Madison Cup game. Tennent, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior wide receiver-defensive back, accumulated 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles.
TONY DOZIER, Mount Miguel
Few running backs attack the line of scrimmage more than this 5-foot-11, 220 pound senior, who put together one of his finest rushing games in the Matadors conquest of archrival Monte Vista. Despite a handful of nicks and bruises, Dozier smashed his way for 291 yards on 27 carries while scoring two touchdowns in Mount Miguel’s 24-7 victory,
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior became the first quarterback in the San Diego CIF this season to break the 1,000-yard passing plateau as he clicked on 23 of 46 passes for 400 yards and four touchdowns in a record-breaking 77-46 loss to El Toro. He also rushed 10 times for 107 yards and two TDs.
Miller, a junior running back, galloped for a career high 184 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion as the Patriots rallied from a 19-0 deficit to dump Mission Bay, 29-19. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Miller, who also plays linebacker, finished with 204 all-purpose yards for the Patriots (4-1).
The 5-foot-10 senior running back stormed for 21 carries for 209 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots punched out Coronado 42-10 in the Central League opener. Owens is also a linebacker who scored on short bursts after pulverizing Parker for 294 yards and a pair of scores for the league-leading Patriots.
WEEK 1 / Aug. 31 WEEK 2 / Sept. 7 WEEK 3 / Sept. 14
When a team scores 47 points in a game, as the Wolf Pack did against archrival Santana in the Jack E. Dale Cup, often lost in the shuffle are defensive gems as recorded by Arnold. The 6-1, 195 senior defensive end chalked up 5 sacks in the blowout.
RYAN PEET, El Cajon Valley
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound outside linebacker, who is being recruited by Northern Arizona, New Mexico State and San Jose State among others, recorded nine tackles, a safety, and returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdowns as the Braves mashed Montgomery 30-6.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior safety recorded a Valhalla record 23 tackles in the Norsemen’s 43-40 non-league win over Morse. Included in his bounty were 17 solo tackles. For the season Havird is averaging 16 tackles, (10.7 solos). He also has two stops for loss and an interception.
The nimble Norseman receiver reeled in nine passes for 123 yards as Valhalla fell to Mira Mesa 31-28 in Week 1. It was a career day for the 5-foot-11, 161 pound senior.
Adkins, the premier running back of the No. 1 ranked Highlanders, scored 3 touchdowns in Helix’s 43-7 rout of Vista. Thus in two games the 5-11, 200 pound Adkins has scored 6 touchdowns and has rushed for 237 yards on 50 carries. His 36 points leads East County in scoring.
ANTHONY LAWRENCE, Grossmont — A 6-foot-1, 191-pound junior quarterback, Lawrence registered a season high 392 yards and four TDs as the undefeated Foothillers flattened Bonita Vista, 48-25. Lawrence completed 18 of 28 passes, allowing just one interception. Lawrence rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown against the Barons.

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