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Fierce battle for top four spots in men’s 5-A-Side

 

Nine of the 12 teams are in the hunt for the top four spots for the playoffs of the ongoing men’s 2015 FFAS 5-A-Side League.

 

Utulei Youth sits at No. 1 with 24 points, followed by the Tafuna Jets with 19, Ilaoa & To’omata and Vaiala Tongan in third and fourth, respectively, with 18 points, followed by Pago Youth with 15, Lion Heart at No. 6 with 13, Vaitogi United with 10, PanSa with nine points and Black Roses at No. 9 with seven.

 



Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa eyes next big step in his career

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The coach/trainer for American Samoa’s undefeated professional boxer Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa — Toleafoa Henry Tavake — confirmed to Samoa News last week that Aasa will be facing a huge challenge in his boxing career, when he fights an opponent from New Zealand for the vacant South Pacific cruiserweight championship in October 2015.
 



How can tiny American Samoa dominate the NFL?

When University of Washington Defensive Tackle Danny Shelton arrived for the NFL Draft in Chicago wearing traditional Samoan dress and almost choked the life out of Commissioner Goodell in an on-stage hug, it symbolized the amazing dominance that one tiny island and its’ Polynesian neighbors have in NFL football.



Oregon State coach on island looking at local football talent

“Polynesian kids bring special family bond to their teams”
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Oregon State University Beavers football team defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a, was recently on island looking at local talent to possibly don the Orange and White — Oregon’s colors — on the gridiron.
 
“With the ties Oregon State has to American Samoa it was only natural that we continue to find kids from the island,” said Kauha’aha’a.
 



BBQ thank yous Iosefa’s supporters on island

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The parents of Joey Iosefa, one of American Samoa’s recently drafted NFL players, hosted a special barbecue this past Saturday to celebrate their son’s achievements and to offer a sincere ‘faafetai tele lava’ to all those who supported Joey’s journey from a young boy playing soccer in Laulii to a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.
 
Joey, along with fellow Samoan Marcus Taulauniu Mariota, were both selected during the NFL draft earlier this month.



Aided by PISA, six student athletes selected to play football at US colleges

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There are six local football players who will be heading off to the mainland soon to play football, thanks to the assistance of the Paseifka International Sports Alliance (PISA). PISA is a non-profit foundation with the goal of helping student athletes in American Samoa and Hawaii earn college scholarships through their athletic abilities. PISA itself does not award scholarships to students, but instead they connect student athletes with colleges and universities that can offer the students those scholarships.
 



ASHSAA announces 2014-2015 All-Star teams

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) has announced their All-Star teams in the final sports of this 2014-2015 school year, which includes Girls Varsity Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity Basketball and Baseball.
 
According to ASHSAA, prior to 2012, All Stars were selected for football only, primarily because a team needed to be selected for the Samoa Bowl football game.
 



Decision to keep Talavalu home from 2015 Pacific Games called “rubbish”

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Many rugby fans and officials around the island were shocked when they were told that the Talavalu national 7s team would not be competing at the upcoming Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea and the major reason cited by the ASRU is no money to send the team. One of the territory’s rugby officials calls the reason, “rubbish”.
 



ASNOC preparing sports program for disabled veterans

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In addition to getting the local sports federations ready for off island international competition such as the 2015 Pacific Games scheduled for July in Papua, New Guinea, the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) wishes to let local disabled military veterans know that they are working on a sports program designed specifically for them. ASNOC has received grant funds for the ‘Adaptive Sports Program for Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces’.
 



ASNOC CONFIRMS 90 ATHLETES FOR 9 SPORTS FOR 15TH PACIFIC GAMES

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The American Samoa National Olympics Committee (ASNOC) has confirmed that close to 90 athletes from nine different sports associations in the territory will be participating in the upcoming 15th Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 4-18 July 2015.

 

The nine sports are Basketball with 24 players; 2 players for the Beach Volleyball; 3 members for Bodybuilding; 1 boxer for the Boxing events; 4 players for Golf; 17 players for Softball; 3 for Swimming; 7 players for Tennis; 20 players for Volleyball, and 6 for Weightlifting.



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