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ASHSAA FOOTBALL SEASON OPENING CEREMONY EMPHASIZES ACADEMICS

“Football isn’t just about one thing,” says governor

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) opened their 2016-17 Football Season with an official ceremony that took place at the Veterans Memorial Stadium last Saturday morning. Master of ceremonies, ASHSAA President Tupa'i Rod Atafua welcomed the teams, players, coaches, and guests in attendance.
 
Co-Acting director Philo Jennings offered opening remarks, in which he emphasized academics to the players — that, “they need to work as good in the classroom, as they do on the field.”
 



JIYAH BECOMES FIRST TRANSGENDER TO GRACE COVER OF FIFA MAGAZINE

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Twenty-eight-year-old Jaiyah Saelua has become a trendsetter, continuously making history in the world of soccer.
 
Five years ago in 2011, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – the international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer – recognized Jaiyah for being the first transgender to openly play on a men’s team in an official FIFA-sanctioned tournament, a world cup qualifier. This was documented in a film called “Next Goal Wins.”
 



Samoa's medal a victory for hard work

The impending elevation of Samoa's Ele Opeloge to Olympic silver medallist is a victory for years of hard work by Pacific weightlifters, according to her coach.

Opeloge is poised to add an Olympic silver medal to her list of achievements after two of her competitors failed doping tests from the 2008 Beijing Games.

Opeloge initially finished in fourth place in the women's over 75kg division, one kilogram shy of the bronze medal winner.



FAGA'ITUA HS: REIGNING CHAMPIONS AIM TO PLAY WITH SOUND MIND & FOCUS

Visions of a 3-Peat record
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The reigning ASHSAA Football Champions of 2015-16 in the Varsity Division – Faga'itua High School, "Home of the Vikings" will be coming out to defend their back-to-back title this year, with a vision of a 3-Peat record, but their main focus is to improve as the season progresses. Last year, the Vikings cleaned the house after finishing the season with another undefeated title.
 



Lions Club golf tourney to support Project Eye-Care & Diabetes this Saturday

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Tomorrow, the Lions Club of Pago Pago will be hosting their annual golf tournament — to support the group’s effort of over 20 years — the Project Eye and Diabetes Awareness program, which is done in collaboration with LBJ hospital. The tournament is scheduled for tomorrow morning at the Ili'ili Golf Course — with a shotgun start at 7a.m.
 



SoCal school finally finds Week 1 opponent ... from American Samoa

It’s not uncommon for a high school football program to look farther afield for its Week 1 opponent.

 

Still, the lengths Los Angeles’ Dorsey High has gone almost belies belief. Thirteen hours, to be exact.

 

Still in need of an opening opponent, Dorsey officially booked a home contest against Tafuna High School from American Samoa. The schools are separated by roughly 13 hours … on a plane.

 



LEONE LIONS FOCUS ON COMPETITION UNDER NEW HEAD COACH SALAVE'A

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The 'Home of the Lions' – Leone High School's football program is now under the management of Head Coach, Okland Salave'a – the former Tafuna Warriors Head Football Coach, who carried the Warriors program to the top for numerous years in American Samoa High School Athletics Association football.
 
During his reign as head coach for Tafuna, Salave'a made history in their football program as the first head coach to carry the Warriors through their first championship streak — from 2011 to 2013 — a 3-peat feat.

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ASBA 2016 Moso'oi Basketball Tournament: Registration deadline in September

Event is in collaboration with DYWA
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          The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) in conjunction with the Department of Youth and Women Affairs (DWYA) is hosting this year’s Moso’oi Basketball Tournament, which will also serve as one of the trials to select an All-Star Team to represent American Samoa in upcoming international competition.
 



DOE'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PREPARES TO KICK-OFF 2016-17 HS FOOTBALL SEASON

ASHSAA Director Tumua Matu'u reflects on their focus for this year’s league
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The long awaited arrival of this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season is finally here, with the season opener scheduled for this Saturday August 27, 2016 — the match up between the reigning undefeated champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in a double header that'll feature both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
 

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Fiji, Samoa both strong in Ohana Cup league match-ups

The Fiji and Samoa Residents rugby league teams had comprehensive victories in the Ohana Cup in Hawaii.

Fiji defeated the Canada Wolverines 26-12 in a full test match, despite only using locally-based players, while Samoa Residents thrashed their Tongan counterparts 40-6.

Tonga were also beaten by Fiji in Suva a week earlier and went into the match with a number of players unavailable.

Team manager Toa Kaufusi said they still played ok but the Toa Residents were too strong.



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