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FAGAITUA VIKINGS CONTINUE TO AIM FOR A HEALTHY TEAM AND GREAT SEASON

tony@samoanews.com

The pride of the Eastern Star, Fagaitua High School – Home of the Vikings — is still lead by Head Coach Sua’ese “Pooch” Ta’ase — its been 15 years of service, given proudly and with humility he says..
 



Wrestlers on deck at Youth Olympic Games

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American Samoa wrestlers Jordan Leilua (left) and Schey McMoore were scheduled to compete at 3 p.m. yesterday (local time) in the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
 
Jordan was to compete in the 42kg while Schey was entered in the 85kg in Greco-Roman wrestling.
 
Chef de Mission Manu’a Chen said in an email to the Samoa News over the weekend that four matches were scheduled for the boys against other competitors to determine the medal matches which were set to be held at 10 p.m. last night (American Samoa time).
 



LEONE LIONS ENTER 2014 FOOTBALL SEASON WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS

tony@samoanews.com

Leone High School “Home of the Lions” is confirmed to compete in the 2014-2015 ASHSAA Football Season in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. Samoa News noticed during our team coverage that the number of players for the Lions has dramatically dropped this year in both divisions. How this will affect the team will be interesting to observe this season, with its Head Coach Arona Samoa noting that no matter the numbers — the Lions will play ball, will compete.
 



Oregon State football breaks down language barrier

If you listen closely to the reserve offensive linemen at an Oregon State football practice, you might hear a player speaking Samoan.

When Kammy Delp made his recruiting visit to Corvallis, he started to talk to Fred Lauina in Samoan.

Delp is from Pomona, California, but was born in American Samoa.

Lauina is from Nuuuli, American Samoa.

When Delp arrived at OSU for fall camp, Lauina quickly discovered that it was easier for Delp to understand some of the finer points of playing on the offensive line if he went through it in Samoan.



Postcard from Youth Olympic Games

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Local sprinter and youth Olympian Faresa Pasefika Kapisi finished 8th in his heat for qualifications yesterday morning at 1:52 a.m. (local time). 
 
Chef de Mission Genhall Manu’a Chen said in an email to the Samoa News yesterday that Kapisi is scheduled to race again in the finals on Aug. 23, at 10:53 am (which is today at 3:53 p.m. American Samoa time).
 



SKBC at No. 1 after dominating win

FC SKBC sits atop the standings of the men’s 2014 FFAS National League Division 1 after an 8-1 dominating win over PanSa on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
 
In the only other game played, Lion Heart edged Vaiala Tongan A 3-2 while National Cup holder, Utulei Youth, was idle over the weekend.
 
Melfi Alshehri scored a hat trick against PanSa, scoring SKBC’s first two goals while teammate Matt Trick added two as well for a commanding, 4-0 lead by the end of the first half.
 



Athletes tryout locally for 2015 Special Olympic World Games team

For athletics, track and field, soccer
jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Special Olympic athletes were out in full force yesterday morning at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, vying for a spot on the athletics/track and field and soccer teams.  The athletes chosen will represent American Samoa in the Special Olympics World Games 2015 that will be held at the University of Southern California next summer from July 25 to August 8.
 



SAMOANA SHARKS LOOKING FOR THAT 2014 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

jeff@samoanews.com

This season, the Samoana High School Varsity football team, led by the versatile Head Coach Sila Samuelu, will be looking to have a repeat from last season of the American Samoa High School Athletics Association football season — that is, to make it to the Championship game — only this time, to take the title home to Sharkville.
 



Rising star from Am. Samoa emerges on football field

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Young Samoans continue to make big strides in sports these days, especially on the gridiron. Chuck Filiaga, who is originally from American Samoa, quickly made a name for himself during his freshman year at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California.
 
The 6’5 275lb. Defensive Tackle was able to make the Varsity squad and help his Saints to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Football Championship at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers.
 



WARRIORS SET TO DEFEND THEIR VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP, BRING BACK THE JV TITLE

jeff@samoanews.com

It's that time of year once again, when you will hear the cracking of the pads on the gridiron as the 2014-2015 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) football season is upon us.
 
The first scheduled game this season is set to be played next week Wednesday, Aug. 27, with the defending Varsity champion Tafuna Warriors taking on the team they defeated in the finals last season, the Samoana Sharks.
 
Samoa News will be highlighting the individual teams before the opening game next week.
 



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