Postcard from Youth Olympic Games


Local sprinter and youth Olympian Faresa Pasefika Kapisi finished 8th in his heat for qualifications yesterday morning at 1:52 a.m. (local time). 
Chef de Mission Genhall Manu’a Chen said in an email to the Samoa News yesterday that Kapisi is scheduled to race again in the finals on Aug. 23, at 10:53 am (which is today at 3:53 p.m. American Samoa time).

SKBC at No. 1 after dominating win

FC SKBC sits atop the standings of the men’s 2014 FFAS National League Division 1 after an 8-1 dominating win over PanSa on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.
In the only other game played, Lion Heart edged Vaiala Tongan A 3-2 while National Cup holder, Utulei Youth, was idle over the weekend.
Melfi Alshehri scored a hat trick against PanSa, scoring SKBC’s first two goals while teammate Matt Trick added two as well for a commanding, 4-0 lead by the end of the first half.

Athletes tryout locally for 2015 Special Olympic World Games team

For athletics, track and field, soccer

The American Samoa Special Olympic athletes were out in full force yesterday morning at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, vying for a spot on the athletics/track and field and soccer teams.  The athletes chosen will represent American Samoa in the Special Olympics World Games 2015 that will be held at the University of Southern California next summer from July 25 to August 8.



This season, the Samoana High School Varsity football team, led by the versatile Head Coach Sila Samuelu, will be looking to have a repeat from last season of the American Samoa High School Athletics Association football season — that is, to make it to the Championship game — only this time, to take the title home to Sharkville.

Rising star from Am. Samoa emerges on football field


Young Samoans continue to make big strides in sports these days, especially on the gridiron. Chuck Filiaga, who is originally from American Samoa, quickly made a name for himself during his freshman year at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California.
The 6’5 275lb. Defensive Tackle was able to make the Varsity squad and help his Saints to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Football Championship at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers.



It's that time of year once again, when you will hear the cracking of the pads on the gridiron as the 2014-2015 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) football season is upon us.
The first scheduled game this season is set to be played next week Wednesday, Aug. 27, with the defending Varsity champion Tafuna Warriors taking on the team they defeated in the finals last season, the Samoana Sharks.
Samoa News will be highlighting the individual teams before the opening game next week.

American Samoa at Summer Youth Games in China


The five local athletes — and three chaperones — representing American Samoa in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China have arrived in the Far East, joining hundreds of talented young athletes representing different countries from all over the globe.
The games started on Aug. 16 and will end Aug. 28.
Faresa Pasefika Kapisi, a track and field competitor, will be competing in the 100-meter sprint on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. — which is tomorrow, Aug. 20 at 11:30 p.m. (local time).

East Pacific Region defends title in Fiji this week

Twenty two players selected from American Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Samoa are in Lautoka Fiji this week to defend their championship title against the West Pacific team (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea) and North Pacific group (Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Northern Marianas).
They were picked after the completion of the one week ITF sponsored tournament that was held in American Samoa last week.

ASRU 15-a-side League ends, training begins for Talavalu


The American Samoa Rugby Union’s 15-a-side league ended with its final game yesterday between Tonga and the Leone Whites.
As of press time yesterday, the official standings for the twelve teams that participated in the league were not yet available, although Lalomalava is sure to be the #1 seed, as they were the only team to go undefeated. Additionally, Lalomalava took off with the coveted shield last week after defeating the Leone Whites.

2014- 15 high school football season about to take off — Aug 27


The most popular sport played in our high school division — “Football” — is right around the corner, and Samoa News will start off the big bang this year with our individual team promos, our Pre-huddles, which will start in tomorrow’s issue, up to the scheduled season opener — set to kick off on Aug. 27, next week Wednesday, with two high caliber matches opening this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association football league.

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