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THIRD!

CCA’s Schrepfer makes All-Tournament Team in Clippers’ first Tourney since ‘93
The Clear Creek Amana varsity boys’ basketball team, the team managers and coaching staff poses with the WaMaC West Championship and Class 3A State Tournament third-place trophies Friday, March 13. The Clippers upset Mount Vernon in the quarterfinals, fell to Sergeant Bluff-Luton in the semifinals, and won their consolation game against Ballard to finish the season at 21-6 in the program’s first state tournament appearance since 1993.

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) first boys state basketball tournament trip since 1993 (and the third in program history) resulted in a third-place trophy for Class 3A.
The Clippers knocked off WaMaC East rival Mount Vernon (No. 2-seed) with a 59-45 upset win in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, March 10. CCA took a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter with a three-point basket by Mike Potter off an assist from Christian Withrow. While the Mustangs kept the game close, the Creek Boys held onto the lead and were up 22-19 at halftime. CCA built on its lead in the third period, surging ahead 43-32 with three-pointers from Nick O’Connor, Potter, and Tyler Schrepfer. Schrepfer, a senior, led CCA with 16 points, while O’Connor produced 11 and Withrow had 10. The Mustangs bowed out at 22-3 and were led by Keaton Kutcher with 13 points, and Jayden Meeker with a dozen.
The win advanced the squad to the semifinals and the Warriors of Sergeant Bluff-Luton (SB-L), who topped Pella 58-43 to advance. The Warriors dropped the Creek Boys into the consolation game, and a battle for third place, with a 55-46 loss.
The Warriors took a 10-5 lead before Schrepfer drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit. SB-L was up 16-14 at the end of the first quarter and stayed ahead throughout the second period. The Creek Boys trailed 25-18 before Schrepfer sank a pair of free throws and TJ Bollers tipped in a rebound to cut the gap to 27-22 with 1:32 left in the half. A Withrow layup and free throw made it 27-25 with an O’Connor three-bomb giving the Creek Boys their first lead of the game. Withrow ended the first half with a layup with seven seconds remaining for a 30-27 halftime advantage.
The Warriors tied the game 34-34 in the third, and CCA tied it at 37-37 going into the final period. SB-L took the lead for good at 42-39 with just over six minutes remaining and held on for the win as the Clippers couldn’t get their shots to drop, and found some foul trouble. Ryan Navara sank a three-pointer in the period, which made it a 51-46 ballgame.
Withrow led CCA with a 17-point effort while Schrepfer added 13 points. The Warriors, led by a 13-point effort from Daniel Wright, fell in the 3A championship 70-68 to Norwalk.
The Creek Boys battled the Bombers from Ballard for third place on Friday, March 13, in a nearly empty Wells Fargo Arena. Coronavirus fears led the Iowa High School Athletic Association to announce late on Thursday, March 12, that each team would be issued 100 tickets for family members, and all other spectators and non-essential personnel would be turned away.
The Bombers blitzed WaMaC rival Center Point-Urbana 54-48 in the quarterfinals before getting bombed 79-61 by Norwalk. Ballard ran up a 7-0 lead in the first quarter against the Clippers and led 23-14 at the end of the period. The Bombers continued to dominate in the first half, taking a 35-29 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Creek Boys rallied back in the third quarter, tying the game 37-37 before taking a 42-41 lead off an O’Connor three-pointer. O’Connor, a senior, was deadly from three-point range with eight in the contest including one with eight seconds left in the period, which gave CCA a 53-49 lead. The game knotted at 69-all at the end of the fourth, forcing overtime. Schrepfer nailed a long three-pointer with five seconds remaining to clinch the win for the Creek Boys.
O’Connor led CCA with a game-high 28 points followed by Withrow with 22. Schrepfer and Bollers put up 12 and 10 points apiece. Ashton Hermann led Ballard with 18 points while Mason Murphy, Connor Drew and Nic Edwards had 14 points apiece. The Bombers ended the season in fourth place with a 19-8 record while the third-place Clippers finished at 21-6.
Schrepfer was named to the Class 3A All-Tournament Team with Norwalk’s Tyler Johnson, Ballard’s Connor Drew, Sergeant Bluff-Luton’s Daniel Wright, and Bowen Born from Norwalk (captain). The Clippers will lose Aaron Cullen, Jack Sexton, Nick O’Connor, Tyler Schrepfer and Tanner Webb to graduation.
“For us to get hot there at the end of the year (five wins in a row including postseason wins over Fort Madison, Keokuk and Davenport Assumption) and knock off some really, really good teams to get there was really a feather in our hat,” said Head Coach Brandon Clubb. “And, to have the success we did at the Tournament was awesome.”

Class 3A Quarterfinals, Tuesday, March 10
Clear Creek Amana 59, Mount Vernon 45
Scoring — Tyler Schrepfer 16, Nick O’Connor 11, Christian Withrow 10, Mike Potter 7, TJ Bollers 7, Ryan Navara 6, Brock Reade 2.
3-point goals — O’Connor 2, Potter 2, Schrepfer 1.
Class 3A Semifinals, Thursday, March 12
Sergeant Bluff-Luton 55, Clear Creek Amana 46
Scoring — Christian Withrow 17, Tyler Schrepfer 13, TJ Bollers 5, Nick O’Connor 3, Mike Potter 3, Ryan Navara 3, Brock Reade 2.
3-point goals — O’Connor 1, Schrepfer 1, Navara 1.
Class 3A Consolation, Friday, March 13
Clear Creek Amana 76, Ballard 73 (OT)
Scoring — Nick O’Connor 28, Christian Withrow 22, Tyler Schrepfer 12, TJ Bollers 10, Ryan Navara 4.
3-point goals — O’Connor 8, Schrepfer 2.