ASHSAA011- 12 season ends with baseball and basketball championship games
It was a busy weekend for the Department of Education (DOE) American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) sports competition, as two sports, ASHSAA Girls Varsity Basketball and ASHSAA Baseball each came to an end, with new champions being crowned for each sport for this 2011-2012 season.
The ASHSAA Girls Varsity Basketball came to a close on Friday evening, while ASHSAA Baseball finished out its season on Saturday morning.
2011-2012 ASHSAA Girls Varsity Basketball Championship Game
The undefeated Samoana Sharks Girls Varsity Basketball team that was undefeated with a 9 win and 0 loss record by steam rolling over their opponents this whole season, came into the championship game this past Friday evening against the Faga’itua Vikings, with all of the confidence in the world.
They were seeded #1, playing in their home gym, had a pro Shark crowd backing them and have been on a roll since the beginning of the season, gaining more and more confidence after each game. But no one told this to the Vikings, as they came out of the starting block screaming with a tenacious defense that allowed their offensive game to open up and take the lead and momentum going into half time — putting the Sharks in a spot that they were not used to being in this season, as it clearly showed in the first half being down to the Vikings by 8 points.
In the second half, the Sharks were determined not to be denied the victory as they were last season in the finals against the Tafuna Warriors. With minor adjustments, the Sharks were able to tie the game late in the 3rd period, that started a seesaw battle with the lead going back and forth. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the Sharks were able to take the lead with less than 5 seconds left in the game to secure the victory by one point.
Final score, Vikings 39- Sharks 40.
In the Junior Varsity Division, with no playoffs or championship game played, the Samoana Sharks were undefeated- the only team to do so, with 9 wins 0 loses, taking the Junior Varsity championship trophy.
Here is the list of this year’s final 2011-2012 ASHSAA Girls Basketball Awards:
Varsity Champions: Samoana Sharks
Varsity Runner’s Up: Faga’itua Vikings
Junior Varsity Champions: Samoana Sharks
Championship Game Most Valuable Player: Yandell ‘Small’ Liu/Samoana Sharks
Season Most Valuable Varsity Player: Fitimalo Tuamasaga/Samoana Sharks
Season Most Valuable Junior Varsity Player: Rosie Folosi/Samoana Sharks
Varsity Most Valuable Coach: Andrew ‘Bill’ Ena/Samoana Sharks
Junior Varsity Most Valuable Coach: Carl Schuster/Samoana Sharks
2011-2012 ASHSAA Baseball Championship Game
The Fa’asao Marist Crusaders literally ran away with the championship trophy this past Saturday morning at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field, when they forced a stoppage to the championship game in the top of the 5th inning due to the 10 run mercy rule, when they were up 17-1 against the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats.
The Wildcats, who scored their only run in the top of the 1st inning, couldn’t come up with anything after that, mainly due to the pitching of the Crusaders Carl Samoa, who kept the Wildcats in check throughout most of the game, which undoubtedly earned Samoa the ‘Championship Game’s Most Valuable Player title.
Immediately following the championship game, ASHSAA Baseball Coordinator Clayton Mahuka acknowledged and thanked everyone for coming out in support of ASHSAA athletics and the ASHSAA baseball players. He also thanked both teams and coaches for playing well in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
Here is the list of the this year’s final 2011-2012 ASHSAA Baseball Awards:
Champions: Fa’asao Marist Crusaders
Runner’s Up: Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wilcats
Coach Of The Year: Victor Langkilde/Fa’asao Marist Crusaders
Season Most Valuable Player: Rhoderick Tarray/Fa’asao Marist Crusaders
Championship Game- Most Valuable Player: Carl Samoa/Fa’asao Marist Crusaders