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Forfeit by Samoa team hands A.S. Girls their first win in U-19 Handball

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In the latest update for American Samoa Handball Under-19 Boys and Girls teams competing this week in Wellington, New Zealand for the International Handball Federation (IHF) Continental trophy, the girls team received their first win yesterday, but according to the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) president Carl Sagapolutele Floor, it was a victory that he wished they had earned.
 



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ASNOC DONATES TO WEIGHTLIFTING ASSN
 
The American Samoa Weightlifting Association recently received a new woman’s weightlifting bar from the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC). ASNOC Secretary General Billy Young presented the new bar, which was gratefully accepted by the association.
 



ASHSAA boys Varsity volleyball final four set for today

jeff@samoanews.com

The stage is set for the final four in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Varsity Volleyball playoffs that begin today. Seeded #1 going into the playoffs is the Tafuna Warriors who had a stellar regular season, with a record of 12 wins, 0 losses. They will be playing against the come-from-behind team of the year — the #4 seeded Samoana Sharks, with 6 wins and 6 losses.
 



AS Volleyball President’s Cup finals this Saturday

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVBA) President’s Cup final games will be played this coming Saturday, December 13, at the Kanana Fou gymnasium. The quarterfinals will start the day off beginning at 8:30 a.m., and followed by the semifinals and then the finals.
 
Five women’s teams are competing in this year’s Presidents Cup that kicked-off on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. There are six teams competing in the Men’s Under-19 Division and in the Men’s Open, there are 12 teams.
 



Under 19 handball teams gaining experience at Int’l Federation meet

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Handball Under-19 Boys and Girls team that are competing this week in Wellington, New Zealand for the International Handball Federation (IHF) Continental trophy are gaining a world of experience and are learning a lot about the game, according to the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) president Carl Sagapolutele Floor.
 
In their first game the American Samoa boys team was defeated by New Caledonia by a score of 32-10. Their next two games they also fell, this time to Vanuatu 32-10 and then to host country New Zealand by a score of 51-13.



Western All Stars win over East— 34 to 25

tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association concluded their football season this past Monday evening, when the West All Star team made up of Tafuna Warriors and Leone Lions players beat the three-school combined All Star team from the East, 34 - 25, in full time.

 



ASBF continues to train boxers — with ultimate goal, the 2016 Olympics

jeff@samoanews.com

The re-election of the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) President Mapu Jamias to the Executive Member of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), during the AIBA Congress held in Juju, South Korea last month, could not have come at a better time.
 
Jamias' re-election should give local boxing here in the Territory a push as the ASBF continues its daily training to get local boxers trained and ready to represent American Samoa in the 2015 Pacific Games next year, scheduled for July 4-18 in Papua, New Guinea.
 



Tafuna Boys Varsity & Jr. Varsity into playoffs undefeated

jeff@samoanews.com

The boys Varsity volleyball team of Tafuna High School is sitting in a comfortable spot at this time as they are ranked #1 in this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Varsity Volleyball standings. When their highly anticipated match-up with the defending Varsity champion Faga’itua Vikings was played, the then undefeated Vikings were defeated not only once, but twice on the same day by the Warriors.
 



FORU REP PRAISES TALAVALU RUGBY TEAM DURING WORKSHOP WITH ASRU

"I would like to acknowledge and compliment your coaches and players for their work”
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Last Thursday afternoon at the Goat Island Cafe (second floor of Sadie’s by the Sea Restaurant), the American Samoa Rugby Union president, as well as the union body which consists of representatives of the registered rugby clubs in American Samoa that are under the ASRU label – met with Bruce Cook of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) to discuss the growth of the ASRU in the International Rugby Union (IRU) and FORU — as a team.
 



Heat Man remains undefeated after "fight of the night" in Apia

jeff@samoanews.com

American Samoa’s professional heavyweight boxing sensation Alapati 'Heat Man' Aasa, won his eighth professional fight to remain undefeated when he stepped into the ring against  long time boxing veteran Junior Maletino Iakopo of New Zealand this past Friday in Apia, Samoa. Mainly known as a knock-out artist, the Heat Man showed his technical side Friday night by using good footwork, quick jabs and pinpoint accurate punches that led him to a six round majority decision win.
 



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