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This past weekend's American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football action proved to be even more competitive — and is showing a lot of potential this year, as one of the most entertaining sports in American Samoa.

In the past, not much attention was drawn to the sport due to its distortion in skills and experience – today, you must see it to believe it, not only in the Varsity Division, but in the Junior Varsity Division as well. The competition just keeps getting better and better.

Last week's football action started Thursday, with the opening of the Junior Varsity Division's season, which was printed on Saturday’s Samoa News issue with photos included. Today, Samoa News brings you the double header Varsity match up held on Saturday, and the lone JV Match between the Sharks and the Vikings that was held Friday evening.

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In the Varsity double header that was held Saturday morning, ASHSAA scheduled the Nu’uuli Wildcats to face the reigning champions of the season, the Tafuna Warriors who remain undefeated. Warriors Head Coach Okland Salave’a left the island with the hope of coming back to some good news, and indeed the Warriors lived up to it, after sending the Wildcats home with a punishing loss of 46 - 0.

The Eastern Star Pride also showed much potential this year, as they are the only hope to bring the Warriors down this season, the Fagaitua Vikings who silenced the Samoana Sharks in a 46 - 7 blow out victory, as they too remain undefeated heading into playing their third game of the first round this season, this upcoming Saturday against the Wildcats.

For the Junior Varsity Division, Samoana High School was showing much potential to winning the ball game in the first half of play, but mistakes on their own side of the ball caused them to fail their first game of the season. It was a loss against the Vikings 28 - 16. Fagaitua will face the Lions this Thursday evening for their second game of the round – both the Vikings and Lions are undefeated in the JV Division.

Player of the Week

Samoa News selected Fagaitua High School’s Sophomore Middle Linebacker, Blessman Ta’ala as this weeks ASHSAA Football Player of the Week, after leading the Vikings to spank the Sharks 46 - 7.

Play of the Week

Samoa News selected Samoana High School’s Cornelius Aiava’s 75 yard run for a touchdown as the Play of the Week, and it was the first play of the game. To view the Play of the Week, log onto www.samoanews.com

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Videos: ASHSAA Football Week No. 2 concludes on high note

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In American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) week 2 of action, last Saturday, the Warriors faced the Lions for the first time this season, and sent them home scoreless, while the Wildcats opened up their first game of the season against the Sharks and were almost shut out by Samoana in a blow out game.

Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine beverages.

Impact player for the Lions Folasa Vili really gave their fans something to scream about every time he had possession of the ball, as well as leading their defensive side of the game; but nevertheless, Tafuna is again showing domination in this year’s league, in only their second game of the season. The Warriors’ defensive unit shut out the Lions in a 34 - 0 game at full time.

The Wildcats, who didn’t get a chance at the season opener two weeks ago to show off what they had, stepped onto the field for their first game, with a superb uniform — but it wasn’t enough to make up for their huge loss against the Sharks. In previous years, Nu’uuli has always been defeated by Samoana during the regular season, but have always come out surprising everyone during the playoffs.

The Sharks’ Logan Tago, who was Samoa News Player of the Week for Week 1 of ASHSAA Football, led the Sharks to beat the Wildcats 44 - 6.

Player of the Week

Samoa News has selected Tafuna High School’s senior quarterback, Frank Mauigoa as this week’s Player of the Week.

Play of the Week

Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s 76-yard punt return against the Wildcats for a touchdown as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No. 2.

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Videos: ASHSAA Football Week No. 2 concludes on high note

tony@samoanews.com

In American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) week 2 of action, last Saturday, the Warriors faced the Lions for the first time this season, and sent them home scoreless, while the Wildcats opened up their first game of the season against the Sharks and were almost shut out by Samoana in a blow out game.

Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine beverages.

Impact player for the Lions Folasa Vili really gave their fans something to scream about every time he had possession of the ball, as well as leading their defensive side of the game; but nevertheless, Tafuna is again showing domination in this year’s league, in only their second game of the season. The Warriors’ defensive unit shut out the Lions in a 34 - 0 game at full time.

The Wildcats, who didn’t get a chance at the season opener two weeks ago to show off what they had, stepped onto the field for their first game, with a superb uniform — but it wasn’t enough to make up for their huge loss against the Sharks. In previous years, Nu’uuli has always been defeated by Samoana during the regular season, but have always come out surprising everyone during the playoffs.

The Sharks’ Logan Tago, who was Samoa News Player of the Week for Week 1 of ASHSAA Football, led the Sharks to beat the Wildcats 44 - 6.

Player of the Week

Samoa News has selected Tafuna High School’s senior quarterback, Frank Mauigoa as this week’s Player of the Week.

Play of the Week

Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s 76-yard punt return against the Wildcats for a touchdown as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No. 2.

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Videos: ASHSAA Football Week No. 2 concludes on high note

tony@samoanews.com

In American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) week 2 of action, last Saturday, the Warriors faced the Lions for the first time this season, and sent them home scoreless, while the Wildcats opened up their first game of the season against the Sharks and were almost shut out by Samoana in a blow out game.

Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine beverages.

Impact player for the Lions Folasa Vili really gave their fans something to scream about every time he had possession of the ball, as well as leading their defensive side of the game; but nevertheless, Tafuna is again showing domination in this year’s league, in only their second game of the season. The Warriors’ defensive unit shut out the Lions in a 34 - 0 game at full time.

The Wildcats, who didn’t get a chance at the season opener two weeks ago to show off what they had, stepped onto the field for their first game, with a superb uniform — but it wasn’t enough to make up for their huge loss against the Sharks. In previous years, Nu’uuli has always been defeated by Samoana during the regular season, but have always come out surprising everyone during the playoffs.

The Sharks’ Logan Tago, who was Samoa News Player of the Week for Week 1 of ASHSAA Football, led the Sharks to beat the Wildcats 44 - 6.

Player of the Week

Samoa News has selected Tafuna High School’s senior quarterback, Frank Mauigoa as this week’s Player of the Week.

Play of the Week

Samoa News selected Logan Tago’s 76-yard punt return against the Wildcats for a touchdown as the Play of the Week for ASHSAA Football Week No. 2.

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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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