Mount Carmel High School’s girls swim team defeated Ramona by a 113-57 score May 6 at the Bulldogs’ pool, but Coach Jolyn Yanez was more focused on her swimmers’ times than on the results of the races. “I was really happy with the results,” Yanez said. “We were looking for best times.”

Christian Drews of Ramona has been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Under-15 National Team, assembled by USA Football.

Team USA will represent the United States in the inaugural Four Nations Cup to be held July 16-24 in Canton, Ohio. The Four Nations Cup is a weeklong celebration and competition centered on football skill development featuring teams of players age 15 and younger spanning four countries.

Drews attends Ramona High School and will play wide receiver and defensive back for Team USA.

Ramona High School student Christian Drews,13, tackles an opponent in the El Capitan varsity game this past season. He will play on the 2011 U.S. Under-15 National Team this summer. Courtesy photos

Players age 15 and younger from across the country were considered for the team through nominations at They also were selected based on 2010 USA Football Player Academy skill evaluations. Player Academies are three-day age-specific youth football development camps conducted nationwide that focus on teaching proper fundamentals to strengthen players’ skills.

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States and is America’s delegate to the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF, established in 1998, is comprised of 59 countries across five continents, each possessing a national federation dedicated solely to American football.

The U.S. team will be coached by Merril Hoge, a member of USA Football’s board of directors. A former standout running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987-93) and Chicago Bears (1994), Hoge is an NFL studio analyst for ESPN. He is a veteran youth football coach who played under Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Noll at Pittsburgh and led the team in rushing and in receiving yards in four of his first five seasons.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me to teach football to exceptional young people and for all of us to share in our game’s timeless values,” Hoge said. “We’ll hear different languages at meal times and on the practice fields, but we’ll all celebrate one common game we love and we’ll do it in a city that understands what makes football special.

“I can’t wait to get to Canton.”

The Four Nations Cup will consist of cultural exchange through football, 7-on-7 exhibitions, multi-country joint practices, and educational seminars for athletes and parents led by NFL coaches, players, and football experts. Each team will play two games during the week.

Each Four Nations Cup team roster will have 26 players. Participating international teams will be determined later this spring.

The football celebration will take place during the annual NFL/USA Football Youth Summit in Canton, which unites youth football league decision makers and high school football coaches from the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

The summit advances the sport through seminars covering player and coach development, health and safety and other best practices.

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