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This year the Clear Creek Amana football squad will feature three players from Iowa Mennonite School.
Louis Etienne, Tanner Thrapp and Blaine Thrapp are the trio of players who will suit up for the Clippers every week.
Tanner Thrapp said so far the season has been going well and the three are getting in the swing of things.
“It’s been nice all the (CCA) guys are welcoming and I played freshman year up there so they remember me, and it’s been good so far,” Tanner Thrapp said.
He said after playing his freshman year and conversations with his dad he didn’t want to miss out on the high school football experience despite Iowa Mennonite not having a team.
All three said they play wide receiver and defensive back.
Clear Creek Amana dropped their first game against Mount Pleasant.
For Etienne, playing football this year was a way to get back into the sport after playing in middle school, but not his freshman or sophomore years.
“It’s kind of hard to memorize the plays and stuff but I’m getting used to it and getting better,” Etienne said. “Guys on the team are all welcoming and they’re glad to have us on the team.”
The football sharing program with Iowa Mennonite School has been around for around 10 years total according to IMS athletic director Dwight Gingerich. In that time span the first six years were spent with Williamsburg High School and the last four now with Clear Creek Amana.
“(Williamsburg) checked in with us and wanted to see if we had some guys that could be kickers for their team because we’ve had a strong soccer program,” Gingerich said.
When a school district shares a sport their enrollment is considered the combination of the two and for Williamsburg that eventually had them straddling the line between class 2A and 3A and at that point Gingerich said they reached out to Clear Creek Amana and switched their sharing agreement to there.
The sharing agreements allow schools like IMS, who has an enrollment of 70, to have students participate in sports they don’t offer.
He said from there the sharing agreements have taken off and featured anywhere from two to nine kids each year.
“It’s a huge commitment for the guys that do it but they’ve had positive experiences with it,” Gingerich said. “Some of our guys have played primary roles at times for the teams there.”
He said the team and administration at Clear Creek Amana have been great to collaborate with and hope to continue the relationship into the future.
Clear Creek Amana will travel to Independence on Friday.