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DYWA Sports Commissioner attends Educators Course in France

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The American Samoa Government and the Department of Youth and Woman’s Affairs- Sports Commissioner Ethan Lake, recently attended an International Educators Course in Paris, France located at the National Institute of Sports and Physical Education (INSEP), the place where France trains its elite Olympic athletes. It also serves as training ground for other European Olympic athletes.
 



Local girl makes a name for herself in volleyball

Precious Atafua — MVP for 3A State Championship
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All the way from Seattle a daughter of American Samoa is coming up with shining stars in high school volleyball, and her grandmother, Mrs Valasi Pi'o Gaisoa of Nuuuli was pleased to see the progress her granddaughter, Precious Atafua, along with her grandson, Marcus Atafua have made in both sports and academics, while attending Auburn Riverside High School in Seattle, Washington.
 



College Prep Workshop for Student Athletes planned for end of month

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For all of the student athletes here on island, there is something good coming your way in the very near future—a free-College Prep For Athletes Workshop will take place at the end of this month.
 
The workshop is hosted annually in partnership with the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA), American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) Career and Guidance Counseling and the DOE Athletics Office.
 



Tafuna Boys Varsity and JV Volleyball teams sweep championship titles

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It took the Tafuna High School Warriors Boys Varsity Volleyball team three tries to finally pry the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Boys Varsity Volleyball championship trophy out of the hands of the Faga’itua Vikings.

 

This past Saturday, the Warriors and Vikings met for a third time in the finals and for a third straight time the Warriors were going in as the #1 ranked team. In the past two years, the Vikings walked away as champions — this year was the exception.

 



Masausi boy to join the WSU Cougars football squad next month

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A National Letter of Intent has been signed and next month, Faga’itua High School Class of 2012 graduate Shalom Luani will be part of the Washington State Cougars football squad.
 



40 residents take advantage of free Athletics course offered this week

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There are close to 40 participants taking advantage of the free courses this week for  Level 1 Athletics (Track and Field) Officials and Coaches taking place at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna. The week-long course began this past Monday and will run up until Friday, when certificates will be awarded.
 
The training is being conducted by the Executive Director for Oceania Athletics Association, Yvonne Mullin and the Program Coordinator for Oceania Athletics Association, Lars Hansen.
 



BYU donates baseball and softball equipment

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Baseball and softball equipment is headed to American Samoa from Brigham Young University, according to Victor Langkilde of the American Samoa Baseball Association. “BYU baseball and softball have been so kind to provide a ton of equipment for the ball players of American Samoa. We are very grateful for the donation,” said Langkilde.
 
The equipment is being organized and packed by a group in Utah, led by Michael and Rene Felise.
 



Am. Samoa U-19 Handball teams return home to wonderful welcome

Ten-year-old Tulei Bode can't wait for next international meet
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The American Samoa Under-19 Boys and Girls Handball team returned this past Sunday and were greeted by a glorious welcome of friends, family and supporters of the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA). The two teams competed for this year’s Oceania Under-19 International Handball Federation (IHF) Continental trophy all last week in Wellington, New Zealand.
 



Mariota makes history: first Samoan to win Heisman

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History was made this past Saturday when 21-year-old Marcus Mariota became the first Samoan to win the coveted Heisman Trophy, which is awarded every year to the most outstanding player in US college football whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.

 

The winner of the Heisman is selected by votes that are cast by sports journalists, previous Heisman Trophy winners, and fans.

 



Boys Under-19 Handball team pulls out a win

Teams return home Sunday morning
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The American Samoa Under-19 Boys and Girls team competing in this year’s International Handball Federation (IHF) for the Continental trophy in Wellington, New Zealand will be arriving back into the territory Sunday morning at 8 a.m. after a week of competition. Even though the American Samoa boys and girls teams will be coming home empty handed trophy-wise, their coaches and referees went through certification classes and that’s a real plus for the fledgling sport here in the territory.
 



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