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ASHSAA Football Season 2016- 17 Season Opener next Sat. Aug 27

Season schedule released – but action started in last Saturday's Jamboree
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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) released their schedule on Monday for the upcoming 2016-17 football season – with the season opener scheduled for next Saturday August 27, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.
 
The season opener is a recap of last season’s championship match up between the reigning Undefeated Champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in both Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) Divisions.
 

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club again dominates the ASBF Boxing Championship Tournament

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club again dominated the boxing championship hosted by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF), when four of its elite boxers took home all four-championship titles after winning their fights against boxers from several other local boxing clubs.

 

The Maliu Mai Resorts in Fogagogo, on Saturday evening, was filled with members of the community, families and friends who turned up to show their support and see this great event — the ASBF 3rd Boxing Championship Tournament.

 



Fiji prepares big welcome home for 7s champions

Fiji's greatest ever sevens exponent says he's over the moon with pride after the country created history at the Rio Olympics.

The World Series champions thrashed Geat Britain 43-7 in Friday's final to add Olympic gold medal winners to their many accolades.

Waisale Serevi won the World Series and World Cup of Sevens during a decorated playing career and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The 48 year-old retired a decade ago but admits watching his countryman win gold made him want to be out there.



Saturday Update: Am Samoa at Rio

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Team American Samoa’s last two athletes to compete in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil didn’t make it to the medal rounds and the American Samoa delegation is preparing to return home.
 
The last two athletes, Issac Silafau and Tanumafili ‘Tanu’ Malietoa Jungblut, competed in their respective sports yesterday, Saturday, Aug. 13.
 



Update: Am Samoa in Rio 2016 Olympics

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American Samoa’s Jordan Mageo finished sixth place against 7 other competitors at Olympic Stadium today, Aug. 12, at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics for the 100-meter women's competition in preliminary round heat #3.
 
American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) president J. Victor Langkilde said via email this morning from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that the competition started around 11:55a.m. in Rio (3:55a.m. American Samoa time).
 



Fiji wins first gold medal in rugby sevens

— First gold medal for Pacific Island nation

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fiji's powerful rugby players have won the South Pacific island nation's first Olympic medal - and it's gold. And they sang in celebration after the final whistle.

 

Osea Kolinisau and his rugby sevens teammates capped Fiji's domination over the past two years with a mighty performance in the Olympic final gold medal game against a British team that was steamrollered by the powerful Fijians.

 



ONE ROOKIE’S JOURNEY FROM AM SAMOA TO PHILADELPHIA AND ITS CHALLENGES

Destiny Vaeao: A Warrior By Birth

Destiny Vaeao doesn’t remember much. He was little when it happened, just 9-years-old, so he doesn’t offer many words during a conversation in a corner office inside the NovaCare Complex after a recent training camp practice. His voice is so quiet the words barely make it out of his mouth.



ASAFF Head Coach Ethan Lake reflects on their 1st International Tour

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The head of the American Samoa American Football Federation (ASAFF) program, and Head Coach for the American Samoa Eagles Football Team that represented American Samoa in their first International Tour these past few weeks, Ethan Lake – told Samoa News, “It has been an amazing experience.



Hoax: Update on Samoa lifter winning Gold

Jubilant celebrations of what was said to be Samoa’s first gold medal at the Olympics turned to disappointment and anger yesterday.

The celebration followed a hoax story shared on social media and by some media organizations about weightlifter Vaipava Nevo Ioane winning Samoa’s first gold medal in the 62kgs division final.

The story quickly went viral among the Samoan community. Even a local radio station made the announcement.

But as it turned out, the story was a hoax. It was posted by a website called www.rio2016olympicswiki.com.



ASAFF "Eagles" Football Team arrives safely back home

Players reflect on experience — the bonding & brotherhood continues
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The American Samoa American Football Federation (ASAFF) Eagles Football Team arrived safely last Wednesday morning at the Pago Pago International Airport, after almost a two-week trip in which they represented American Samoa in their first International Tour in the Pacific to showcase the territory’s talents and skills in the sport of American Football – Men’s Senior Division (ages 18 & up).
 



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