CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Crater freshman Devin Shook played for the US Under-16 team in last weekend’s International Bowl. The International Bowl pits the best young football players in the United States against the top players from Canada. There are divisions ranging from U-19 to U-15. Shook was the only player from Oregon to play in the bowl at any level. To qualify, he first had to go to a regional combine in San Francisco, where hundreds of other players were competing for a few spots.
“Being from a small city like Central Point, Oregon, not a very well known football place, I was kind of overwhelmed at first, “said Shook. “Then once I got in to it and I showed I could play, I guess they saw something in me that they liked.”
Shook was invited to go to Canton, Ohio, where the top 100 players in his age group competed for 45 spots in Team USA. Shook made the last cut, and spent last week in Dallas, Texas getting ready for the big game against Canada. Shook has plenty of great memories from the experience, but there is one that stands out above the rest.
“Dallas Cowboys Stadium, that’s just unreal. I remember when they played the National Anthem and I had my hand over my heart and I was looking at the flag, going against Canada and being able to represent our country, it’s a great feeling, ” said Shook.
Since Shook made the U-16 team, he won’t have to qualify in the regional round next year and has been invited back to try out for the U-17 team next year.