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ITF East Pacific Regional Tourney enters final stage

The ITF East Pacific Regional tournament has reached its crucial stage at quarterfinals in both the boys and girls’ three age groups: 16-14-12 years and under, started on Wednesday evening. These late rounds will determine the regional team that will be selected by the ITF development officer, Darran Wrighton based on the results of the week-long event.
 
Semifinals start early Thursday morning and the ITF East Pacific Regional tournament will end on Friday when the championship finals will be completed. 
 



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DYWA donates indestructible One World Futbols
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This past Thursday at the old Pacific Products building located in Lions Park in Tafuna, a huge donation from the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs — over 1,000 Indestructible One World Futbols— were given out to different government agencies and private sector companies in American Samoa, for the sole purpose of keeping the youth and people of American Samoa physically active in order to prevent obesity, heart disease, and health related illnesses.
 

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Tongan tennis coach hopes top four players make Fiji team

Coach, Iasinito Hausia is pinning his country’s hopes on four of his top junior players to qualify for the East Pacific Regional team that will leave at the end of this week for Lautoka Fiji.  The top 18 players (nine boys and nine girls) will be selected from the final results of the weeklong tournament that is being played at the ASTA facilities in Lions Park, between teams from Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, and American Samoa.
 



ASTA hosts East Pacific ITF Jr. Tennis Tourney

Close to 60 junior tennis players from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa begin their International Tennis Federation sponsored East Pacific Regional championship competition on Monday at the American Samoa Tennis Association’s facilities in Tafuna.
 
The ITF development officer in the Pacific Oceania Region, Darran Wrighton, who is based in Lautoka, Fiji, is conducting the weeklong tournament. Coaches from the three participating nations and the US Territory, American Samoa, will assist in running the show.
 



Five local athletes head to Summer Youth Olympics

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The five athletes representing American Samoa in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) are departing the territory on Monday night’s flight headed for Nanjing, China.  The Games take place August 16-28.
 
Four wrestlers and one track and field athlete are traveling.
 
The track and field athlete is Faresa Kapisi who will be competing in the 100 and 200-meter sprints. Kapisi is 17 years old and attends Leone High School. From the village of Leone, he is the son of Pasefika and Sesilia Kapisi.
 



Lady Triathletes serve as an inspiration

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Samoa News caught up with local entrepreneur Joe Tavale over the weekend, who was still on a “high” brought about by the recent Triathlon, which he and his business partner Matthew Bracken had organized.  It was the first event of its kind in the Territory, and although it only drew a handful of participants on the first go-around, Tavale is confident that next year, it will be a much larger event.
 



ASVBA ends summer clinics, looks toward Pacific Games

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVBA) will be closing out their Summer Clinics tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Lions Park. The highly successful clinics, which began at the start of the summer, were for anyone between the ages of 10-15 and 16-23 who wanted to learn the basic fundamentals of volleyball, or for experienced players who wished to improve on their skills by getting back to the basics.
 
The clinics were held three days a week, and averaged close to 20 kids per session.
 



Youngsters turn out for summer wrestling training

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Amateur Wrestling Association (ASAWA) recently finished its highly successful Summer Wrestling Training held in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation. 
 
An average of 20 youngsters trained per day—Monday through Friday. ASAWA President Ethan Lake said that he is very thankful for all of the wrestlers who showed up this summer, and thanked the Parks and Rec department for their help.
 



Special Olympics gearing up for national & international competition

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Special Olympians training on the malae in Fagatogo begins this Thursday from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. as Special Olympics American Samoa (SOAS) is gearing up to get their athletes ready for the Special Olympic World Games that will be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles next summer from July 25 to August 8.
 



Leone retains shield after tough match against Laulii

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It was the Leone Whites’ shield to lose … and they almost did.
 
This past Saturday, amidst heavy rainfall and strong winds, the rugby shield game between the Laulii Moli ole Ava and the Leone Whites went on as scheduled.
 



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