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Spartans survive the Creek Boys

Solon tops CCA 62-53

SOLON — Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys tangled with their rivals, the Solon Spartans, in a WaMaC East-West contest Friday, Feb.14 at Solon High, and fell 62-53.
While the Creek Boys and Spartans did not exchange valentines on this Valentine’s Day gathering, they did open the game by swapping uncontested baskets for a pair of special seniors. First, CCA’s Aaron Cullen put up a two-point shot followed by Solon’s Andrew Coons. After that, the pleasantries and cordiality went by the wayside as the hardwood battle raged.
Solon won the first quarter 16-9 and held a 30-25 halftime advantage. Senior Tyler Schrepfer made two of his four three-point shots in the first half, and went on to lead the Clippers with an 18-point night. The Spartans maintained their lead in the third quarter taking a 46-38 advantage into the final period. Schrepfer, Nick O’Connor, and Brock Reade tried to cut the gap with timely three-pointers in the second half, but foul trouble plagued the Creek Boys. Solon put the game away with twelve points at the free throw line.
Solon improved to 7-14 while the Clippers dipped to 15-5 ahead of the postseason.
CCA and Solon are both in Class 3A Substate No.5 along with Davenport Assumption, Fairfield, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, and Washington (Iowa). The Creek Boys will take on Fort Madison at home on Monday, Feb. 24 at 8:00 p.m. The Spartans will entertain Keokuk on the Clippers’ floor at 6:30 p.m. Assumption will host Washington and Mount Pleasant before taking on Fairfield. The winners will square off at Assumption and CCA on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. with the Substate Final set for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at Muscatine.
The 2020 Class 3A State Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, Thursday, March 12, and Friday, March 13 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Solon 62, Clear Creek Amana 53
Scoring — Tyler Schrepfer 18, Christian Withrow 9, Mike Potter 7, Brock Reade 7, Nick O’Connor 6, TJ Bollers 4, Aaron Cullen 2.