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AmSam wrestlers compete today at YOG

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Local wrestlers Faifua Ipolito and Iafeta Vou will be competing today at 3 p.m. (local time) at the Longjian Gymnasium in downtown Nanjing, China for the 2014 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games.
 
Ipolito and Vou are competing in freestyle wrestling, Ipolito in the 46kg division and Vou in the 76kg weight class.
 
The placement and medal matches for freestyle wrestling kicked off last night at 10 p.m. (American Samoa time). Results of the matches will be in tomorrow’s issue of Samoa News.
 



Am Samoa makes strong showing in POJC_

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The East Pacific Team in this year’s International Tennis Federation Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) is making a strong showing against the Western and Northern Pacific teams.
 
American Samoa’s Larry Magalasin has taken the 14 & Under Boys Singles Division of the POJC when he defeated Michael Emory of Tahiti in two sets, 6-4 and 6-1. Kevin Maukoloa of American Samoa was able to take the 16 & Under Boys Singles Division when he won over Manoa Desvignes of Tahiti in the finals 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-2.
 



LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT SEASON — THE VOCTECH WILDCATS

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Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School — known as ‘VocTech- Home of the Wildcats’ — is not to be counted out this year in the 2014-15 American Samoa High School Athletic Association football season, as they may have been given the keys to the championship kingdom with Marist and Kanana Fou football programs not fielding teams this year.
 



SRU appoints Sevens head coach

 The Samoa Rugby Union has announced the appointment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as the Samoa Sevens Head Coach on a two year deal.
 
Tafua will work alongside with his Assistant Coach/Team Manager Galumalemana Rudolph Moors in implementing a successful performance cycle programme which was a successful in the past.
 



East Pacific team leading POJC tourney

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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) games that are taking  place in Lautoka, Fiji has the East Pacific Team competing against the North and West Pacific Teams for the POJC title. The East Pacific Team has the best Junior players from American Samoa, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti competing against the best Junior tennis players from their region.
 



Wrestlers lose out at YOG

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The results for the first qualifications (Pool B) for the territory’s Greco-Roman wrestlers at the 2014 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China are in.
 
In the 42kg category, American Samoa’s Jordan Tafa’i Leilua lost 0-4 to Algeria’s Slimane Habib Belghelam. Leilua managed to get on the scoreboard during his next match against Turkey’s Fatih Aslan but lost with a final score of 1-4.
 
Leilua’s next match was at 12:06 p.m. against Ukraine’s Oleksii Masyk. Leilua lost with a final score of 0-4.



FAGAITUA VIKINGS CONTINUE TO AIM FOR A HEALTHY TEAM AND GREAT SEASON

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The pride of the Eastern Star, Fagaitua High School – Home of the Vikings — is still lead by Head Coach Sua’ese “Pooch” Ta’ase — its been 15 years of service, given proudly and with humility he says..
 



Wrestlers on deck at Youth Olympic Games

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American Samoa wrestlers Jordan Leilua (left) and Schey McMoore were scheduled to compete at 3 p.m. yesterday (local time) in the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
 
Jordan was to compete in the 42kg while Schey was entered in the 85kg in Greco-Roman wrestling.
 
Chef de Mission Manu’a Chen said in an email to the Samoa News over the weekend that four matches were scheduled for the boys against other competitors to determine the medal matches which were set to be held at 10 p.m. last night (American Samoa time).
 



LEONE LIONS ENTER 2014 FOOTBALL SEASON WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS

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Leone High School “Home of the Lions” is confirmed to compete in the 2014-2015 ASHSAA Football Season in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions. Samoa News noticed during our team coverage that the number of players for the Lions has dramatically dropped this year in both divisions. How this will affect the team will be interesting to observe this season, with its Head Coach Arona Samoa noting that no matter the numbers — the Lions will play ball, will compete.
 



Oregon State football breaks down language barrier

If you listen closely to the reserve offensive linemen at an Oregon State football practice, you might hear a player speaking Samoan.

When Kammy Delp made his recruiting visit to Corvallis, he started to talk to Fred Lauina in Samoan.

Delp is from Pomona, California, but was born in American Samoa.

Lauina is from Nuuuli, American Samoa.

When Delp arrived at OSU for fall camp, Lauina quickly discovered that it was easier for Delp to understand some of the finer points of playing on the offensive line if he went through it in Samoan.



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