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FAGA'ITUA HS: REIGNING CHAMPIONS AIM TO PLAY WITH SOUND MIND & FOCUS

Visions of a 3-Peat record
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The reigning ASHSAA Football Champions of 2015-16 in the Varsity Division – Faga'itua High School, "Home of the Vikings" will be coming out to defend their back-to-back title this year, with a vision of a 3-Peat record, but their main focus is to improve as the season progresses. Last year, the Vikings cleaned the house after finishing the season with another undefeated title.
 



Lions Club golf tourney to support Project Eye-Care & Diabetes this Saturday

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Tomorrow, the Lions Club of Pago Pago will be hosting their annual golf tournament — to support the group’s effort of over 20 years — the Project Eye and Diabetes Awareness program, which is done in collaboration with LBJ hospital. The tournament is scheduled for tomorrow morning at the Ili'ili Golf Course — with a shotgun start at 7a.m.
 



SoCal school finally finds Week 1 opponent ... from American Samoa

It’s not uncommon for a high school football program to look farther afield for its Week 1 opponent.

 

Still, the lengths Los Angeles’ Dorsey High has gone almost belies belief. Thirteen hours, to be exact.

 

Still in need of an opening opponent, Dorsey officially booked a home contest against Tafuna High School from American Samoa. The schools are separated by roughly 13 hours … on a plane.

 



LEONE LIONS FOCUS ON COMPETITION UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SALAVE'A

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The 'Home of the Lions' – Leone High School's football program is now under the management of Head Coach, Okland Salave'a – the former Tafuna Warriors Head Football Coach, who carried the Warriors program to the top for numerous years in American Samoa High School Athletics Association football.
 
During his reign as head coach for Tafuna, Salave'a made history in their football program as the first head coach to carry the Warriors through their first championship streak — from 2011 to 2013 — a 3-peat feat.

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ASBA 2016 Moso'oi Basketball Tournament: Registration deadline in September

Event is in collaboration with DYWA
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          The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) in conjunction with the Department of Youth and Women Affairs (DWYA) is hosting this year’s Moso’oi Basketball Tournament, which will also serve as one of the trials to select an All-Star Team to represent American Samoa in upcoming international competition.
 



DOE'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES TO KICK-OFF 2016-17 HS FOOTBALL SEASON

ASHSAA Director Tumua Matu'u reflects on their focus for this year’s league
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The long awaited arrival of this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season is finally here, with the season opener scheduled for this Saturday August 27, 2016 — the match up between the reigning undefeated champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in a double header that'll feature both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
 

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Fiji, Samoa both strong in Ohana Cup league match-ups

The Fiji and Samoa Residents rugby league teams had comprehensive victories in the Ohana Cup in Hawaii.

Fiji defeated the Canada Wolverines 26-12 in a full test match, despite only using locally-based players, while Samoa Residents thrashed their Tongan counterparts 40-6.

Tonga were also beaten by Fiji in Suva a week earlier and went into the match with a number of players unavailable.

Team manager Toa Kaufusi said they still played ok but the Toa Residents were too strong.



PACIFIC-BASED RUGBY PLAYERS TO IMPRESS AT HAWAII'S OHANA CUP

Tonga has called in reinforcements for the Ohana Cup rugby league clash against Samoa in Hawai'i, with even members of the coaching staff preparing to take to the field.

Two players were ruled out after picking up injuries during last week's 24-16 defeat by the Fiji Residents in Suva, while two more players were unable to join the team in Hawaii because of visa issues.

Team manager Toa Kaufusi said that caused something of a reshuffle.

"The two guys that were injured against Fiji are from the backrow and they need to get replacements for that."



SAGAPOLU STEADY IN MIDDLE OF BADGERS’ DEFENSIVE LINE

After learning on the fly as a freshman, Wisconsin nose tackle has feet firmly on the ground

MADISON, Wis. — If it takes one to know one, a 300-plus pound nose tackle, Wisconsin's Olive Sagapolu is in good company with Domata Peko, who just happens to be family and an 11-year vet of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Before reporting to training camp, Sagapolu got some sage advice from his uncle.

"He told me, 'Play fast. Be humble about it. Always put the Lord first and have some fun this year,'" explained the 6-foot-2, 345-pound Sagapolu, who appeared in all 13 games last season and started four times as a true freshman. "He said that he'll be watching me."



Faga'alu Starz & Pago Eagles conclude this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic

Action packed showcase highlights skills by the kids
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Last Saturday late-afternoon at the Faga'alu Park, the Summer Youth Basketball Clinic which started earlier this Summer for the Fagaloa area, came to a close with action packed performances by the youth that were part of this year’s Summer Clinic – with the Faga'alu Starz facing the Pago Eagles in a showdown to close off their annual program.
 
Hosted by the Faga'alu Starz and the Pago Eagles, the Summer Youth Basketball Clinic was under the umbrella of the American Samoa Basketball Association and the Fagaloa Basketball Association.



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