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Video: Warriors and Vikings top Week 1 of ASHSAA football

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This year’s season opener for the Varsity Division was an eye opener for most of the teams that are competing in this year’s league — it took place last Wednesday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

 

Coverage of the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football League 2014-15 is proudly brought to you by POWERADE, the sports energy drink  exclusively distributed by GHC Reid & Co., Ltd., “Oloa O Leala” — Family of Fine Beverages.

 

In a mind boggling opening game of the season, the undefeated 2013- 14 ASHSAA Football Champions, the Tafuna Warriors faced off against the Samoana Sharks with the Sharks leading over the Warriors the majority of the first half until half time. But, it was all Tafuna by full time of the match, with the Warriors coming back from a 14-point trail to blow the Sharks out in a 64 - 26  come-behind-victory.

 

For the Vikings and Lions, the Eastern Side pride did a great job against Leone, in a tough match up that went into half time as a tied game. But not for long – the Vikings, in a familiar pattern of play, came out in the second half and spiked out the Lions in a trail of dust sending them home with a 32 - 21 loss.

 

Samoa News has selected Logan Tago, the Senior Wide Receiver out of Samoana High School as the Player of the Week for week No.1 of ASHSAA Football.

 

Play of the Week is awarded to Tafuna High Schools Senior Middle Linebacker Cornelius Maiava, who picked off a pass from Samoana’s Fauuga Naiuli, and returned the interception for a 46-yard-touchdown — the only interception to go back for a touchdown in week 1 of ASHSAA Football.

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Video: Warriors and Vikings top Week 1 of ASHSAA football

tony@samoanews.com

This year’s season opener for the Varsity Division was an eye opener for most of the teams that are competing in this year’s league — it took place last Wednesday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

 

Coverage of the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football League 2014-15 is proudly brought to you by POWERADE, the sports energy drink  exclusively distributed by GHC Reid & Co., Ltd., “Oloa O Leala” — Family of Fine Beverages.

 

In a mind boggling opening game of the season, the undefeated 2013- 14 ASHSAA Football Champions, the Tafuna Warriors faced off against the Samoana Sharks with the Sharks leading over the Warriors the majority of the first half until half time. But, it was all Tafuna by full time of the match, with the Warriors coming back from a 14-point trail to blow the Sharks out in a 64 - 26  come-behind-victory.

 

For the Vikings and Lions, the Eastern Side pride did a great job against Leone, in a tough match up that went into half time as a tied game. But not for long – the Vikings, in a familiar pattern of play, came out in the second half and spiked out the Lions in a trail of dust sending them home with a 32 - 21 loss.

 

Samoa News has selected Logan Tago, the Senior Wide Receiver out of Samoana High School as the Player of the Week for week No.1 of ASHSAA Football.

 

Play of the Week is awarded to Tafuna High Schools Senior Middle Linebacker Cornelius Maiava, who picked off a pass from Samoana’s Fauuga Naiuli, and returned the interception for a 46-yard-touchdown — the only interception to go back for a touchdown in week 1 of ASHSAA Football.

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Paul Ieti's semi-final performance

The pressure was on last night on America’s Got Talent 2014, as the first 12 acts performed in the semifinals on AGT 2014 and that pressure seemed to get to Paul Ieti on America’s Got Talent Season 9.

He has a great voice and has a great story, but he seemed to fall apart at Radio City Music Hall last night and the AGT judges 2014 were not impressed.

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“IN MEMORIAM — HAROLD SI’UFANUA”

Dear Editor,
 
I was very sad to learn that my old friend Harold Si'ufanua passed away Friday morning in San Leandro, CA. His daughter AnnIka told me his family was glad he was no longer in pain and at peace.
 
Fortunately, I was able to spend considerable time on the phone with him over the past few months, talking  about old times, current national and American Samoan politics, and mutual friends. If you didn't know him, Harold had one of the world's great laughs, literally defining the word "hearty”.
 
He had a great sense of humor, a very good analytical mind about social and political issues (which he  generally expressed through humor), was a superb storyteller, and knew how to aptly coin a phrase  in English, Samoan, or a combination thereof.
 
Harold generally tried to "push the envelope" and was "on the edge" at times, but fundamentally had a good heart and tried many ways to take care of his family with the unswerving support of his devoted wife Alisa, a term I do not use lightly. He knew how important she was to him.
 
I knew Harold for at least 40 years. I knew his parents, he knew my parents, he knew my brothers (who left in '75 and '76), and he was at my wedding at Mauga o Ali’i in '82, and we were good friends.
 
My point?
 
Harold was never a saint, but he was a hell of a South Pacific character, and American Samoa and those who knew him will be poorer for his absence. He was an afakasi who had a good grasp of the cultures of the US and Samoa, and could see how either or both could distort the other and tried to find a way, particularly through humor, to deal with, if not resolve, the conflicts involved.
 
I have told "Harold" stories for decades, and will continue to do so until I join him. I know some of you will too.
 
Philip Swett
Newport, OR
 
(Editor’s Note: Harold was a classmate, Samoana HS 1972, and a life-long friend. Indeed, my siblings and I will continue to remember him as one of the defining characters in our lives — ”If you can’t laugh at it…” Our condolences to Alisa and family. Rest in peace my friend. ra)

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VIDEO: Alapati A’asa Heat Man’s 6th Pro Win

Tillman earns respect of crowd for delivering a good fight
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Finally the “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa found a worthy opponent that gave him good competition in the ring, as Clarence Tillman out of New Zealand put on quite a show for the people of American Samoa this past Saturday August 16, 2014, at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna.
 
The Professional Bout was the Main Event of the night, scheduled to go six rounds — which to the surprise of the crowd — is exactly how long it lasted. While, “Heat Man” was declared the winner of the bout, Tillman was declared a crowd favorite by the cheers and applause he received during and after the fight.
 
Samoa News was backstage with both Tillman and A’asa, who were meeting and greeting the public, taking photos in the open pool hall with locals hanging out. 
 
The fight was held just next door and was jam packed with over 1,000 spectators.
 
Some people who bought tickets for the fight had to sit on the floor, and a majority without seats were literally squeezed in all together. There was barely enough room for the  fighters to make their way to the ring – a majority in that room showered in their own sweat, as breathing was uncomfortable and the high room temperature was unreal.
 
Cars filled the whole Sports Complex parking lot, spilled onto the sidewalk, going past the ASPA complex, and stretched towards McDonald’s, where they were also illegally parked.  The former KFC and Island Pizza’s parking lots were also filled, with no one expecting such a large turnout, according to some who attended.
 
Before the fight, Tillman was trying to ‘psych’ himself into focus mode, as this was the first time he had to concentrate and focus with people all over the place. He told Samoa News that it’s different from what he’s been doing throughout his past fights, where “we have private rooms that no one can enter before the fight. That helps us focus, and we lock into that game mode leading up to the fight entrance.”
 
While Tillman was in a meditative state, A’asa was across the hall loosening up with warm up speed drills, combination drills and everything that he’s use to doing within minutes before the fight. His side was also crowded by the youth, and elders on island for a view of his work out before the fight.
 
In comparison, Tillman’s side was empty as anyone glancing from a distance saw the American Giant had his eyes closed, head down, as if he was praying or sleeping.
 
The ring of the bell to start round one sent the crowd roaring the Heat Man’s name, as A’asa came out to look for Tillman’s weak spots for the power combination knockout to end the fight – that was the same thing that the crowd was expecting, and basically came out to see— Alapati knocking out Tillman in the first or second round.
 
Their expectations were crushed by Clarence Tillman.
 
After surviving Alapati’s power combinations in the first round – Tillman was shaken, but he never went down, nor was the fight broken up by the ref for a countdown. Tillman absorbed all of Alapati’s power shots and combinations within the first two rounds, leading onto round three. Tillman was starting to release his big blows and surely dazed the Heat Man throughout the fight.
 
Onward to the final round, both fighters looked like they could barely punch one another, as a majority of their landed throws became useless in impact power, but still counted as points. They had their share of power punches throughout each round, but those exciting episodes lasted less than ten seconds from both fighter – these are the usual performances by the top world ranked pro-fighters in the 12th round.
 
Samoa News witnessed that A’asa had the upper hand in all rounds as to landed throws and thrown punches, as Tillman brought a tough competition, but shaped out more of a conservative fighter that would release damaging shots for a short period of time, then back to defense – and the judges scored the fight unanimously in points to American Samoa’s Heat Man , awarding him his 6th professionally win for the world records (now 6 wins, 5 KOs, 0 loss, 0 draw).
 
The American Giant was a crowd pleaser for his strong performance throughout all rounds of the fight – earning the people’s respect and he was approached and acknowledged by numerous locals at the end of the fight. As Tillman made his way out of the ring, he yelled out to the crowd “Thank you Samoa, thank you for having me here” as he was applauded by the locals. 
 
During Samoa News’ interview with Tillman upon his arrival in American Samoa last week he said that he hoped the locals would want him to come back, and that, “I just might come back and live here, and teach boxing — who knows what will happen in the future.”
 
On the A’asa Facebook page online, there are photos of A’asa and Tillman at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, eating together and hanging out.

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VIDEO: Alapati A’asa Heat Man’s 6th Pro Win

Tillman earns respect of crowd for delivering a good fight
tony@samoanews.com

Finally the “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa found a worthy opponent that gave him good competition in the ring, as Clarence Tillman out of New Zealand put on quite a show for the people of American Samoa this past Saturday August 16, 2014, at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna.
 
The Professional Bout was the Main Event of the night, scheduled to go six rounds — which to the surprise of the crowd — is exactly how long it lasted. While, “Heat Man” was declared the winner of the bout, Tillman was declared a crowd favorite by the cheers and applause he received during and after the fight.
 
Samoa News was backstage with both Tillman and A’asa, who were meeting and greeting the public, taking photos in the open pool hall with locals hanging out. 
 
The fight was held just next door and was jam packed with over 1,000 spectators.
 
Some people who bought tickets for the fight had to sit on the floor, and a majority without seats were literally squeezed in all together. There was barely enough room for the  fighters to make their way to the ring – a majority in that room showered in their own sweat, as breathing was uncomfortable and the high room temperature was unreal.
 
Cars filled the whole Sports Complex parking lot, spilled onto the sidewalk, going past the ASPA complex, and stretched towards McDonald’s, where they were also illegally parked.  The former KFC and Island Pizza’s parking lots were also filled, with no one expecting such a large turnout, according to some who attended.
 
Before the fight, Tillman was trying to ‘psych’ himself into focus mode, as this was the first time he had to concentrate and focus with people all over the place. He told Samoa News that it’s different from what he’s been doing throughout his past fights, where “we have private rooms that no one can enter before the fight. That helps us focus, and we lock into that game mode leading up to the fight entrance.”
 
While Tillman was in a meditative state, A’asa was across the hall loosening up with warm up speed drills, combination drills and everything that he’s use to doing within minutes before the fight. His side was also crowded by the youth, and elders on island for a view of his work out before the fight.
 
In comparison, Tillman’s side was empty as anyone glancing from a distance saw the American Giant had his eyes closed, head down, as if he was praying or sleeping.
 
The ring of the bell to start round one sent the crowd roaring the Heat Man’s name, as A’asa came out to look for Tillman’s weak spots for the power combination knockout to end the fight – that was the same thing that the crowd was expecting, and basically came out to see— Alapati knocking out Tillman in the first or second round.
 
Their expectations were crushed by Clarence Tillman.
 
After surviving Alapati’s power combinations in the first round – Tillman was shaken, but he never went down, nor was the fight broken up by the ref for a countdown. Tillman absorbed all of Alapati’s power shots and combinations within the first two rounds, leading onto round three. Tillman was starting to release his big blows and surely dazed the Heat Man throughout the fight.
 
Onward to the final round, both fighters looked like they could barely punch one another, as a majority of their landed throws became useless in impact power, but still counted as points. They had their share of power punches throughout each round, but those exciting episodes lasted less than ten seconds from both fighter – these are the usual performances by the top world ranked pro-fighters in the 12th round.
 
Samoa News witnessed that A’asa had the upper hand in all rounds as to landed throws and thrown punches, as Tillman brought a tough competition, but shaped out more of a conservative fighter that would release damaging shots for a short period of time, then back to defense – and the judges scored the fight unanimously in points to American Samoa’s Heat Man , awarding him his 6th professionally win for the world records (now 6 wins, 5 KOs, 0 loss, 0 draw).
 
The American Giant was a crowd pleaser for his strong performance throughout all rounds of the fight – earning the people’s respect and he was approached and acknowledged by numerous locals at the end of the fight. As Tillman made his way out of the ring, he yelled out to the crowd “Thank you Samoa, thank you for having me here” as he was applauded by the locals. 
 
During Samoa News’ interview with Tillman upon his arrival in American Samoa last week he said that he hoped the locals would want him to come back, and that, “I just might come back and live here, and teach boxing — who knows what will happen in the future.”
 
On the A’asa Facebook page online, there are photos of A’asa and Tillman at the McDonald’s restaurant in Tafuna, eating together and hanging out.

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Video preview: Heatman still undefeated

tony@samoanews.com

Alapati "Heatman" A'asa won his 6th professional fight Saturday night, Aug 16, 201 when he took on American Giant clarence Tillman at the Samoa Sports Center in American Samoa.

The main event took place before a packed arena after some exciting preliminary amateur bouts.

More videos and full details on Monday.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

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Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

tony@samoanews.com

Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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DYWA & McDONALD’S PRESENT BEST DANCE CREW IN AM SAMOA COMPETITION

tony@samoanews.com

Samoa News brings you some highlight videos of the "Best Dance Crew in American Samoa Competition" hosted by the Department of Youth and Women's Affairs under the management of Director Jonathan Fanene, which was opened yesterday evening at the Rex Lee Auditorium in Utulei, American Samoa.

 

The dance competition is proudly sponsored by McDonalds Restaurant.  Here are four videos from Thursday night’s performances.

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