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TEAM AMERIKA SAMOA’S WOMEN EARN BRAGGING RIGHTS FOR XV PACIFIC GAMES

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PORT MORESBY — Team Amerika Samoa for the XV Pacific Games has placed 13th in the overall medal tally — winning 8 medals, according to the Games Council count, which includes 3 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.
 
With the count comes the bragging rights with all the gold medals coming from outstanding performances by women in their respective sports: volleyball- indoor & beach, and bodybuilding; and don’t discount the silver, which is from the women’s basketball team. The bronze belong to the men.
 



THS FOOTBALL PLAYER ATTENDS "INVITATION ONLY" NIKE OPENING FINALS

Tafuna High School Warrior, football player Frederick Mauigoa, who just competed against nearly 150 top high school football players from across the United States in the four-day Nike Opening Finals football camp in Beaverton, Oregon July 7-10, with the intention of impressing college football coaches and scouts.
 
The 6 foot 4 inch 295 pound Mauigoa, who competed against the four and five- star players, will be graduating high school this coming school year.
 



Weightlifters return home victorious

This past week, the American Samoa Weightlifting Team returned home after competing in the Oceania Weightlifting Championships and the XV Pacific Games that were being held alongside each other in Papua New Guinea.

 

Everyone received a warm “malo lava” welcome from families, friends and supporters who were at the airport to await the arrival of the short flight from Samoa.

 



Rugby: Samoa hold off USA comeback

Samoa have held off a valiant comeback by the USA to take a 21-16 win in their Pacific Nations Cup clash today.

In front of over 10,000 fans in San Jose, Samoa put on a first-half clinic, crossing twice in remarkable fashion to post a comprehensive 21-3 half-time advantage.

Counties Manakau fullback Ashee Tuala and big-hitting winger Alesana Tuilagi were a duo the United States found hard to stop, with the two well-regarded players combining to score Samoa's only two tries in the encounter.



OJ Mau: Fagaitua Grad Shines in College Football

Faga’itua High School 2012 graduate OJ Mau continues to shine on the football field at Gardner-Webb University, a Division I school in North Carolina.
 
Mau was recently named to the Preseason Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American Team by Athlon Sports for a second season in a row.
 



3rd ANNUAL TINA DRABBLE MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY & JR GOLF PROGRAM

Samoa News Sports Correspondent

This past Saturday the 3rd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament of Tina Drabble Jr Golf Foundation happened, luring numerous golfers from around the island – to compete in both individuals and team categories, at the Ili’ili Golf Course, in support of the Foundation’s goal — to help develop the junior golfers program in the Territory.

 



Pacific Game participants urged to be safe as closing ceremony approaches

ASNOC Media Representative/Samoa News Reporter

With only two more days left before the official closing ceremony of the XV Pacific Games in Port Moresby, PNG this year, the Pacific Games Council Secretary has advised all athletes and officials, who are ready to take part in the closing ceremony to be careful and look out for their safety, because there are too many different people from all over Papua New Guinea who will be coming out to witness the ceremony.

 



Vikings host ‘Clean-A-Thon’ for the east side

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Fundraising efforts continue for Hawai’i trip
 
The 2015-2016 defending American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Varsity Football champions the Faga’itua Vikings are continuing with their fundraising efforts for an off island trip to Hawaii where they are set to play in three different games against teams from there, starting July 31 to August 24.
 



AS Volleyball teams: 2 in semifinals & 1 going for Gold

ASNOC Media Representative/Samoa News Reporter

PORT MORESBY — The Papua New Guinea women’s softball team is one game away from retaining their crown as the ‘queens’ of softball following a 7-0 win over American Samoa yesterday on the softball field at Bisini Sports Complex.
 
As with game one, the central umpire had to use the mercy rule to call off the match after PNG led 7-0 at the bottom of the fifth inning. American Samoa coach Patrick Ahfook said the second loss to PNG was an improvement for his side, considering their 17-0 loss in game one.
 



Tanoa Jr. loses in heartbreaker decision

ASNOC Media Representative/Samoa News Reporter

PORT MORESBY — American Samoa middle weight boxer George Alfred Tanoa Jr lost his first fight in the XV Pacific Games on Wednesday night against Jonathan Keama of Papua New Guinea in a tough battle. His loss eliminates him from the competition.
 



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