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2016 AYFS FOOTBALL WEEK NO.2 – BLOWOUT WEEKEND

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The second week of the seventh AYFS Football Season in American Samoa featured three lopsided victories during the triple-header that kicked off week No.2  – last Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.

 

It was almost a shutout weekend for the three match ups – the first two games resulted in shutout wins for the Steelers and the 49ers, and in the final game of the day the Bears almost sent the Buccs home empty handed with a 34 - 6 win.

 

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Two local boxing feds may meet up for Flag Day tournament

Says very sad when he heard ASBC prez Toleafoa’s negative comment
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Although president of the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) Mapu Jamias personally accepted the challenge by the president of the American Samoa Boxing Council, Toleafoa Henry Tavake for a boxing tournament between the two boxing federations during the Flag Day celebration, he said the ASBF would meet to discuss this issue before voicing their official decision about accepting Toleafoa’s challenge.
 



Team training for Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Fiji

It’s also an Olympic Qualifying event
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The Weightlifting Association of American Samoa (WAAS) is on fire ever since they returned from the XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea last August and now they are preparing for the upcoming Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Suva, Fiji on May 2016.
 



Two Flag Day Boxing tournaments?

ASBC to host Flag Day Boxing Tournament, ASBF will host their own tourney
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The Flag Day Committee appointed by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to discuss events for this year’s Flag Day has given the green light to the American Samoa Boxing Council (ASBC) to host the Flag Day Boxing Tournament. The committee is under the auspices of the Office of Samoan Affairs.
 



FOOTBALL’S POLYNESIAN MOMENT: PAYING A STEEP PRICE FOR COMMITMENT

The things that make them so good at football also make them most vulnerable--as embodied by the great Junior Seau

On Jan. 30, the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honored five men as its third class of inductees. Troy Polamalu, the recently retired Pittsburgh Steeler with the incandescent smile and wild hair, will attract the most attention. He’s the only inductee well known outside of small circles of fans. But each of these men—Alopati “Al” Lolotai, Charley Ane, Rocky Freitas, Vai Sikahema and Polamalu—embodies the intimate, if painful, connection between football and Polynesian culture.



American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

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This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 

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Maliu Mai boxers take 3 championship titles

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club dominated the first boxing championships in American Samoa last Saturday at the Pago Pago Youth Center, when three of its boxers took home championship titles after winning their fights against boxers from several other boxing clubs on island.
 



Mariota, home for the Pro Bowl, reflects on rookie season in Tennessee

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Years ago, before his championship-winning high school football career at Saint Louis had even begun, Marcus Mariota was not unlike the kids who lined up along Kalakaua Avenue on Friday for a chance at an autograph from their favorite player.

"Growing up I went to the NFL Experience at Kapiolani park," said Mariota. "We waited probably an hour or two for Jerry Rice. My dad has been a die-hard San Francisco fan, and I got Jerry Rice's autograph on an Oakland Raiders helmet. And he was, like, totally mad for weeks about it."



Utulei Youth off to Cook Islands for OCL Preliminary

Utulei Youth, 2015 FFAS National League champions, are off to represent American Samoa at the four-team, OFC Champions League Preliminary tournament in the Cook Islands.
 
“I feel very confident with our preparation and I know the players will do their best,” explained Rev. Ioane Evagelia, president of the Utulei Youth Soccer Club.
 
“We have already said our farewells to Rev. Evagelia and wished him and his team the best of luck in this upcoming tournament,” said FFAS President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.
 



First Basketball Development League a success

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Developing basketball in American Samoa and recruiting more young players are the main reasons behind the first Basketball Development League sponsored by the Fagaloa Basketball Association that ended two weeks ago at the Fagaalu Park.
 
In a interview with Paul P. Amituana’i, who is a referee certified by the International Basketball Association (FIBA) last week, he told Samoa News that the American Samoa Basketball Association’s vision for this year is to conduct more tournaments and recruit more young players.
 

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