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American Samoa Under 19 Baseball team set to compete in Utah and Canada

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The Under 19 American Samoa National Baseball team who will be competing in the United States and Canada from July 25-July 17. They are also showing off their new game and practice uniforms (3rd, 4th and 5th front row) that were donated to the team by Laufasa Solaita, wife of the late Ben Solaita, and family on behalf of Ben. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The American Samoa Baseball Association (ASBA) has selected 19 boys to represent the Under 19 (U19) Boys Baseball Team, set to compete in the United States and Canada from June 25-July 17. The U19 team also received a donation of uniforms recently from the Solaita family on behalf of the late Ben Solaita, for this historic trip.

Samoa News spoke with the president of the ASBA and Head Coach of the U19 team Victor Langkilde about the competition in the United States and Canada.

“We are prepared to send our Under 19 National Baseball Team to Utah and Canada, with the team departing American Samoa on June 24,” said Langkilde, noting the team comprises “high school student athletes from the different high schools in the territory, public and private.”

He said the student-athletes participating are from the high schools of Samoana, Tafuna, Leone, Nu’uuli Voc-Tech and Fa’asao Marist, as well as one elementary school student from Samoa Baptist Academy.

The coaches leading the contingent will be Victor Langkilde, Samoa Samoa and Peter Misilagi. They will be joined by staff after arriving in Utah who will be assisting the team, and that will include an assistant coach from Dixie State College, Brent Haring and a coach from Utah, Jed Chrishman.

“We are looking at taking a contingent of close to 30 that will consist of players, coaches and parents. We will be in Utah from June 25-July 7. From July 7 to July 15 we will be in Canada. We are anticipating to play 20 plus games in Utah and Canada. This will be a good experience for our Under 19 National Team,”Langkilde said.

“We would like to thank Laufasa Solaita and the children, Pati, Sale, Soia and Louis for the donation of game uniforms and practice uniforms. They also provided the uniforms for the New Caledonia 2011 Pacific Games. Ben Solaita was well known for his support of baseball, softball and the fautasi races for 20 plus years. We are thankful, and we appreciate Laufasa and the children for their support, as we continue to push our students to excel not only in the sport of baseball, but also in their academics for a better future in becoming good citizens of society,” he said.

Langkilde believes this next stage of competition in Utah and Canada will continue to develop the skills and talent of our young baseball players in American Samoa, and with the opportunity to travel abroad and being able to participate in this competition, it will also provide potential college opportunities for these young players.

 

The American Samoa Under 19 National Team:

Player            School

1            Carl Samoa            Fa’asao Marist

2            Darien Tauiliili            Tafuna

3            Darius Tupuola            Samoana

4            Derek Tupuola            Samoana

5            Emmanuel Sword            Tafuna

6            Freddie Libra            Fa’asao Marist

7            Fritz Helg            Samoana

8            Ieti Savelio            Tafuna

9            Ikaika MahukA            Fa’asao Marist

10            Isaia Falefa            Mid-Pac/Hawaii

11            Isaia Helg            Samoana

12            Jason Laolagi            Samoana

13            JV Langkilde            Fa’asao Marist

14            Kimo Solaita            Samoana

15            Kyle Tauiliili            Tafuna

16            Leuma Fualefau            Fa’asao Marist

17            Mason Samoa            Fa’asao Marist

18            Peter Misilagi Jr.            Voch-Tech

19            Prince Fuimaono            Leone

20            Raimana Hunkin            Fa’asao Marist

21            Taylor Tauiliili            Tafuna

22            Tolia Solaita            Tafuna

23            Tua Ward            Utah

Coaches: J. Victor Langkilde, Peter Misilagi, Samoa Samoa, Edmund Helg, Brent Haring and Jed Chrishman.



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