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AMERICAN SAMOA BOXING TEAM SCORES 3 MEDALS IN OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIP

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American Samoa’s boxing team to the 2015 Oceania Confederation Boxing Championship in Canberra, Australia last weekend, will be bringing home three medals, after outstanding performances by all three.
 
According to a report from the team in Australia, Pasefika Ikitau, who was competing in the light heavy division won silver, after losing to his opponent from Australia in the gold medal match, while George Tanoa Jr., who was competing in the middle weight division and Rob Toilolo who was competing in the heavy weight division — each won a bronze medal.



Local wrestlers earn spots in upcoming championship events

Superior performance at Oceania Wrestling Championships paved the way
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After an outstanding performance at the 2015 Oceania Wrestling Championships in Majuro, Marshall Islands in March this year, the American Samoa Wrestling Association (ASWA) was able to secure six slots for the 2015 Senior World Wrestling Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, and four slots for the Junior World Wrestling Championships next month.
 
These championships are the qualifying rounds for the Summer Olympics that are planned for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, and according to the competition schedule, the next tournament will run from Sept. 7- 12.



Talavalu comes in 3rd place at the 2015 Oceania Cup

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While the Pukpuks team from Papua New Guinea claimed the 2015 Oceania Cup with the 58-19 thrashing of the Solomon Islands at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium last Sunday (Saturday local time), the American Samoa team suffered another loss at the hands of the team from Tahiti with the score 20-8.
 
Tahiti is now the first runner-up, while American Samoa claimed the third place, followed by the Solomon Islands team in the fourth place.
 



ASDOE Sports Calendar announced — no surprises

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The AS-DOE Athletic Division has recently announced their 2015-2016 Sports Calendar, which begins with a big bang — the Football season opener on Sept. 11th — ending with boys soccer and baseball leagues set to begin on the same day, Feb. 29, 2016. The schedule follows the normal array of high school sports, with no new sports added, such as weightlifting or handball.
 



Talavalu heads into round 3 after loss to PNG

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While the Federation Oceania Rugby Cup championship is heading to the third and last round of the tournament, the Talavalu’s hope to win the 2015 Oceania Cup in Papua Niu Guinea for the first time is now over, as they were defeated by the mighty Pukpuks side from PNG, in a tough match yesterday afternoon with a score of 36-22, to end the second round of the championship.

 



Am Samoa Basketball Assoc. holds Coach and Sports Officials workshop

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The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) is doing its best to prepare all of their sports officials and coaches for the upcoming Moso’oi Tournament, to be held at the end of October.
 
Ending last Friday, a three-day training workshop was held at the American Samoa National Olympics Committee (ASNOC) conference room by sports officials from the ASBA, which included Allen Fuimaono and Paul Puaauli Amituana’i.
 



Tanoa is part of the 3 boxers competing in the 2015 Oceania Championship

Wins will get a slot in the 2016 Olympics
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“Winning a chance to compete in the 2016 Olympics” was the only thing on the mind of all three local boxers, when Samoa News asked them about their preparations, before leaving yesterday to compete at the 2015 Oceania Championship in Canberra, Australia.
 



Magalasin earns two first finishes at tennis tourney

Pac Oceania tennis junior championship
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) concluded this week in Lautoka, Fiji with some of the best junior tennis players competing from  from the Eastern Pacific, Western Pacific and Northern Pacific Regions. American Samoa had eight players on the Eastern Pacific team.
 
One American Samoa player, Larry Magalasin, earned a first place finish in the Boys 16 and Under Singles Division and first overall in the Boys Doubles 16 and Under Division along with partner Harley Cronin of Samoa.
 



DOE's Athletic Director highlights rules & regs

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As the American Samoa High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Football Season nears opening day, its director, Tumua Matu'u, in an interview with Samoa News, highlighted ASHSAA’s rules and regulations concerning any unsportsmanlike conduct from a player, team, coach, or spectator, as well as discussing players’ eligibility rules

 

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Governor tells sports associations to “stop back-stabbing each other”

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“Stop back stabbing each other, but work together to develop sports for our youth,” was the strong message from Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to all sports associations in the territory, during his special remarks at the Recognition Ceremony for local athletes, held at the Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa- Utulei Beach, last Friday.
 



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