School Sports Roundup
ASHSAA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
The Samoana Sharks girls Varsity volleyball team is one of the eight teams that will be competing in this year’s 2013-2014 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Varsity Volleyball season.
They will be fielding both a Varsity and a Junior Varsity squad this year. The Sharks will be looking to improve on their sub-par performance from last year. Their next Varsity game will be this coming Monday October 28th against the Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats at the South Pacific Academy gymnasium.
All Varsity games are played Monday through Friday with a scheduled starting time of 4:30 p.m. Today’s Varsity games will have the Tafuna Warriors versus the Leone Lions at Leone High School and the Fa’asao Marist Cougars taking on the Faga’itua Vikings at the Malaeloa gym.
Junior Varsity games are played on Saturdays with a scheduled starting time of 8:00 a.m. The next Junior Varsity games will be held tomorrow at the Samoana High School gymnasium with a total of six games lined up on the schedule.
ASDOE KICKS OFF JR. DEVELOPMENT SPORTS PROGRAM
The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) will be kicking off its Junior Development Program Saturday, October 26th (tomorrow). In addition to the Junior Varsity Division that includes 9th and 10th graders and the Varsity Division that includes 11th and 12th graders, a Junior Division has been added to the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) program to provide for the skill development of 7th and 8th graders with the potential to participate in Junior Varsity and/or Varsity level competitions, according to ASHSAA Program Director for Athletics, Tumua Matu’u.
For the time being, it will focus on soccer.
“The program kicks off this coming Saturday with an ASHSAA Junior Soccer League. Tryouts for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls are scheduled to take place at the FFAS Soccer Stadium in Pago Pago Saturday, with sign-ups to begin promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Tryouts will follow from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.,” said Matu’u.
The FFAS will be teaming up with the ASDOE Athletic Division to run the ASHSAA Junior Soccer League/Development program, according to Matu’u. The League will run from November 2 to December 7. She stated that due to limited funding, the ASHSAA Junior Program will only allow Junior teams from the four largest high schools in the ASHSAA programs, meaning Faga’itua, Samoana, Tafuna and Leone High Schools.
Seventh and Eighth grade boys and girls from feeder schools for each of these high schools are allowed to tryout for that high school only, while private school students may try out for any of the four high schools.
The Feeder Schools are as follows: Faga’itua —Matatula, AP Lutali, Olomoana, Masefau, Alofau, Lauli’i and Aua; Samoana—Mauga O Alava, Afono, Coleman, Leatele and Matafao; Tafuna—Manulele, Tafuna and Lupelele; and Leone—Pavai’ai, Siliaga, Leone Midkiff and Alataua Lua.
According to Matu’u, the soccer stadium will be divided into eight smaller fields. Each of the four high schools will be designated into two fields, with one for its boys teams and one for its girls team. “When athletes report for tryouts, they will need to report to the field designated to the high school team that they are trying out for,” she said.
She stated athletes are required to wear sports shoes, to dress appropriately for active participation and to bring their own water bottles. She said that water coolers will be available for refills of water bottles, but athletes are asked to bring their own drinking containers or bottles.
“Coaches from each high school will post their final team selection the week following and prior to November 2nd,” concluded Matu’u.
For more information, you can contact Matu’u at 733-6314 or 699-1687.
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