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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.



PACIFIC-BASED RUGBY PLAYERS TO IMPRESS AT HAWAII'S OHANA CUP

Tonga has called in reinforcements for the Ohana Cup rugby league clash against Samoa in Hawai'i, with even members of the coaching staff preparing to take to the field.

Two players were ruled out after picking up injuries during last week's 24-16 defeat by the Fiji Residents in Suva, while two more players were unable to join the team in Hawaii because of visa issues.

Team manager Toa Kaufusi said that caused something of a reshuffle.

"The two guys that were injured against Fiji are from the backrow and they need to get replacements for that."



SAGAPOLU STEADY IN MIDDLE OF BADGERS’ DEFENSIVE LINE

After learning on the fly as a freshman, Wisconsin nose tackle has feet firmly on the ground

MADISON, Wis. — If it takes one to know one, a 300-plus pound nose tackle, Wisconsin's Olive Sagapolu is in good company with Domata Peko, who just happens to be family and an 11-year vet of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Before reporting to training camp, Sagapolu got some sage advice from his uncle.

"He told me, 'Play fast. Be humble about it. Always put the Lord first and have some fun this year,'" explained the 6-foot-2, 345-pound Sagapolu, who appeared in all 13 games last season and started four times as a true freshman. "He said that he'll be watching me."



Faga'alu Starz & Pago Eagles conclude this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic

Action packed showcase highlights skills by the kids
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Last Saturday late-afternoon at the Faga'alu Park, the Summer Youth Basketball Clinic which started earlier this Summer for the Fagaloa area, came to a close with action packed performances by the youth that were part of this year’s Summer Clinic – with the Faga'alu Starz facing the Pago Eagles in a showdown to close off their annual program.
 
Hosted by the Faga'alu Starz and the Pago Eagles, the Summer Youth Basketball Clinic was under the umbrella of the American Samoa Basketball Association and the Fagaloa Basketball Association.



ASHSAA Football Season 2016- 17 Season Opener next Sat. Aug 27

Season schedule released – but action started in last Saturday's Jamboree
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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) released their schedule on Monday for the upcoming 2016-17 football season – with the season opener scheduled for next Saturday August 27, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.
 
The season opener is a recap of last season’s championship match up between the reigning Undefeated Champions, Faga'itua Vikings and the Leone Lions in both Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) Divisions.
 

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club again dominates the ASBF Boxing Championship Tournament

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Maliu Mai Boxing Club again dominated the boxing championship hosted by the American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF), when four of its elite boxers took home all four-championship titles after winning their fights against boxers from several other local boxing clubs.

 

The Maliu Mai Resorts in Fogagogo, on Saturday evening, was filled with members of the community, families and friends who turned up to show their support and see this great event — the ASBF 3rd Boxing Championship Tournament.

 



Fiji prepares big welcome home for 7s champions

Fiji's greatest ever sevens exponent says he's over the moon with pride after the country created history at the Rio Olympics.

The World Series champions thrashed Geat Britain 43-7 in Friday's final to add Olympic gold medal winners to their many accolades.

Waisale Serevi won the World Series and World Cup of Sevens during a decorated playing career and was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

The 48 year-old retired a decade ago but admits watching his countryman win gold made him want to be out there.



Saturday Update: Am Samoa at Rio

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Team American Samoa’s last two athletes to compete in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil didn’t make it to the medal rounds and the American Samoa delegation is preparing to return home.
 
The last two athletes, Issac Silafau and Tanumafili ‘Tanu’ Malietoa Jungblut, competed in their respective sports yesterday, Saturday, Aug. 13.
 



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