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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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American Youth Football of Samoa kicks off 7th Season

tony@samoanews.com

This past Saturday morning at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, the American Youth Football of Samoa program officially opened its 7th annual football season – three games kicked off the season, and all three match ups were brutally entertaining.
 
Samoa News spoke to AYFS President Victor Avalos, who said, “We’ve just opened our 7th season here in American Samoa, it's been a great day, we have a lot of support here from all the parents and fans of AYFS – thank you for supporting us, our motto is 'Do it for the kids', also a thanks to the volunteers.”
 
Avalos pointed out that there are “a total of 6 teams competing in this year’s season. We have the Raiders and 49ers who cover the western region of the island, then of course the Chargers and the Steelers that cover the central region, and finally the Bears and the Buccaneers that cover the eastern region."
 
According the AYFS president, "This year’s season is going to have only 1 round, and an extra weekend for playoffs, with this year’s Championship game scheduled for March 26, 2016."
 
Avalos is a newcomer to the leadership of AYFS program — taking over as president of the AYFS program from founding father of the league. "Shiloh Pritchard was the initial founder and basically we're following the same footprint,” Avalos said. “As to any changes …we're pushing for parents to start helping their kids develop highlight videos and their athletic status with the hopes of college scholarship offers and things like that for the kids’ futures."
 
In conclusion, the new president acknowledged this season’s league sponsors and those who helped make it possible.
 
"First we'd like to thank Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and the First Lady, all their departments have been helpful with a lot of resources," he said. “We'd also like to thank ASTCA, DYWA, the Stadium Director Tole'afoa Henry Tavake, DOC, Neil’s ACE Home Center, Tony's Construction, Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation, KVZK-TV, and of course Samoa News who's always there for us every year."
 
Raiders 6 – Bears 42
 
The opening game of week one concluded favorably in the hands of the AYFS reigning Champions, the Bears – but at the start of the match, the Raiders were able to score the first six points of the game, and things looked as if they were going their way.
 
Until that is, the AYFS Bears from Pago Pago answered with their first touchdown of the game in the opening quarter – from then on, the Mageo twins on the Bears defensive unit led their squad to shutting out the Raiders for the rest of the game. The Bears dominated the rest of the match and concluded their effort on a high note with a vicious 42-6
 
Steelers 20 – Buccaneers 26
 
The second match up of the day was the most interesting and entertaining of the triple header season opener – the Steelers dominated viciously in the first half of the game, running all over the Bucc's defensive unit, and shutting out their offense throughout the first half. At half time, the Steelers were ahead 20 - 0.
 
It wasn't until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, that the Bucc's came on the field looking like a way different squad compared to the first half – with Head Coach Sua'ese Pooch Ta'ase adjusting his overall team strategy from their mistakes in the first half.
 
The Buccaneers came back and scored four touchdowns and two 2-point conversions for a miraculous comeback, to win over the Steelers 26-20.
 
49ers 60 – Chargers 24
 
The final match of opening day wasn't a surprise at all for those who've followed AYFS throughout the past years of the season – the 49ers reckoned as one of the powerhouse teams in the league, crucially punished the Chargers in the opening half of the game, with what almost looked like a shut out.
 
The Niners clearly led by 30 points midway through the second quarter of the game – until the Chargers stepped up their game, and scored their first touchdown on a 34-yard quarterback scramble that sparked the Chargers on their way back.
 
For the Chargers, all that stood between them and winning, was time and the 49ers unstoppable running back – Koizon Ozu who racked up 5 touchdowns to slay their opponents in week one of AYFS Football, as the Niners defensive unit led by Head Coach Loso I'aulualo stopped the Chargers short in their 60 - 24 victory for the record book.
 

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First Basketball Development League a success

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Developing basketball in American Samoa and recruiting more young players are the main reasons behind the first Basketball Development League sponsored by the Fagaloa Basketball Association that ended two weeks ago at the Fagaalu Park.
 
In a interview with Paul P. Amituana’i, who is a referee certified by the International Basketball Association (FIBA) last week, he told Samoa News that the American Samoa Basketball Association’s vision for this year is to conduct more tournaments and recruit more young players.
 
Last week, the Fagaloa Basketball Association (FBA) under the umbrella of the American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) summed up its first Development League for this year for all the local basketball teams and clubs from Fatu ma Futi to Aua.
 
Five teams competed in this tournament and the Fagatogo Blues team won the tournament after defeating the Fagaalu Starz team in an amazing championship game 59-58.
 
Fagatogo Blues team took the 1st Place Trophy and $200 cash prize, while the Fagaalu Starz team took the 2nd Place Trophy and $100 cash prize.
 
“The Fagaloa Basketball Development League last week was our first tournament for 2016,” said Amituana’i.
 
“Not only do we need more new players, but we also want our veteran players to … come together so that we can spread the knowledge and the skills to our youth, and encourage them to continue on to play.
 
“Our next step is to prepare our local teams and clubs for the upcoming Flag Day Basketball Tournament, which will start soon. To fulfill our dreams for this year, we also plan to conduct our first Coach and Referee Training after Diehl Langkilde and I were certified by FIBA last year,” said Amituana’i.
 
Amituana’i continued to say that the ASBA is wasting no time but focusing on developing the sport and recruiting more local coaches, officials and referees to assist the Federation in developing the sport on island.
 
The next move by the FBDL to help develop the sport includes a “Valentine’s Double Elimination Basketball Tournament” at Fagaalu Park next week.

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Polynesian Fire Dinner & Show

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Polynesian Fire Dinner & Show

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Am.Samoa Handball Association to host USA Olympic Coach

Doing well in the schools as part of PE curriculum
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by T. Gasu
 
Samoa News Sports Correspondent
 
The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is opening up the new year with a full schedule of activities for not only the youth, but the people of American Samoa in general. President and head coach of the ASHA Carl Floor Sr. and his club are working hand in hand with DOE’s Physical Education Program in an effort to add the sport of handball the P.E. curriculum.
 
In their effort to not only promote the sport within the schools and to the young generation, ASHA is also looking to attract the attention of all the people who are interested in handball to be part of a two-day clinic that will be hosted by the US National Women’s Olympic Assistant Coach, Julio Sainz — early next month.
 
Floor told Samoa News that Sainz “will be arriving on February 8, and will be departing on February 12, 2016. He has just come off from coaching in Puerto Rico for the Women’s National Championship in Denmark – they won their first international game, which was really a big step forward in the sport for nations like us and Puerto Rico”.
 
Floor noted that Sainz “is Cuban by birth so he understands the difficulties in island life — he’s looking forward to producing handball development programs, he will also be working with P.E. teachers.” Floor added, “To anybody who is looking to support their own children, come out and be involved in handball, we’re welcoming them to participate in our seminars.”
 
The ASHA president explained that their relationship with D.O.E. and their P.E. program is “basically all about development, we’ve partnered with the DOE’s OCI Department with their coordinator and specialist and we’re bringing the game around to the schools as part of their physical education program — it’s been recognized that the skills of handball cooperate with all the standards and benchmarks of the curriculum.”
 
He said, “With jumping, running, catching, and communications skills within teamwork – that’s what we’re working on right now. It’s also a part of a health program to fight child obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses that we encounter on island with our young kids.”
 
During yesterday’s meeting with Floor and his colleague, Clayton ‘Boom’Mahuka – the handball pair was working hand in hand with the students of South Pacific Academy, showing them the basics of the sport.
 
When asked about the response from the student athletes and parents who are involved in the sport, Floor told Samoa News, “The response is amazing. Basically we’ve been told that the kids like to play handball — it’s one of those sports where everybody has a role and part to do, so it doesn’t matter if you’re short, tall, skinny, handball is fun for all the kids.”
 
According to Floor, ASHA is constantly training at the Sports Complex in Tafuna, and they are preparing for another huge event aside from hosting Sainz. “We are preparing now for our upcoming Flag Day tournament – we are inviting anyone who would be interested in joining us for the tournament.”
 
Floor added, “If they want to start a club or a team, or get involved with one, that’s what we’re working on right now too – last year we had a great Flag Day tournament. We had 138 kids participating, it would be wonderful if we could try and double that amount this year.”
 
He told Samoa News, “Last year the Eastern side kids won from Aua and Lauli’i, they are the reigning champions, and we’re hoping that they will come out this year to defend their title.”
 
In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge those who’ve helped him promote the sport of handball in our territory. “I’d like to thank DOE, especially the OCI P.E. Department for allowing us to use handball as a tool to address obesity and health problems within the schools and at the same time allowing us to introduce the game of handball to the kids.”

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Am.Samoa Handball Association to host USA Olympic Coach

Doing well in the schools as part of PE curriculum
tony@samoanews.com

with photo
 
 
by T. Gasu
 
Samoa News Sports Correspondent
 
The American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) is opening up the new year with a full schedule of activities for not only the youth, but the people of American Samoa in general. President and head coach of the ASHA Carl Floor Sr. and his club are working hand in hand with DOE’s Physical Education Program in an effort to add the sport of handball the P.E. curriculum.
 
In their effort to not only promote the sport within the schools and to the young generation, ASHA is also looking to attract the attention of all the people who are interested in handball to be part of a two-day clinic that will be hosted by the US National Women’s Olympic Assistant Coach, Julio Sainz — early next month.
 
Floor told Samoa News that Sainz “will be arriving on February 8, and will be departing on February 12, 2016. He has just come off from coaching in Puerto Rico for the Women’s National Championship in Denmark – they won their first international game, which was really a big step forward in the sport for nations like us and Puerto Rico”.
 
Floor noted that Sainz “is Cuban by birth so he understands the difficulties in island life — he’s looking forward to producing handball development programs, he will also be working with P.E. teachers.” Floor added, “To anybody who is looking to support their own children, come out and be involved in handball, we’re welcoming them to participate in our seminars.”
 
The ASHA president explained that their relationship with D.O.E. and their P.E. program is “basically all about development, we’ve partnered with the DOE’s OCI Department with their coordinator and specialist and we’re bringing the game around to the schools as part of their physical education program — it’s been recognized that the skills of handball cooperate with all the standards and benchmarks of the curriculum.”
 
He said, “With jumping, running, catching, and communications skills within teamwork – that’s what we’re working on right now. It’s also a part of a health program to fight child obesity, diabetes, and other illnesses that we encounter on island with our young kids.”
 
During yesterday’s meeting with Floor and his colleague, Clayton ‘Boom’Mahuka – the handball pair was working hand in hand with the students of South Pacific Academy, showing them the basics of the sport.
 
When asked about the response from the student athletes and parents who are involved in the sport, Floor told Samoa News, “The response is amazing. Basically we’ve been told that the kids like to play handball — it’s one of those sports where everybody has a role and part to do, so it doesn’t matter if you’re short, tall, skinny, handball is fun for all the kids.”
 
According to Floor, ASHA is constantly training at the Sports Complex in Tafuna, and they are preparing for another huge event aside from hosting Sainz. “We are preparing now for our upcoming Flag Day tournament – we are inviting anyone who would be interested in joining us for the tournament.”
 
Floor added, “If they want to start a club or a team, or get involved with one, that’s what we’re working on right now too – last year we had a great Flag Day tournament. We had 138 kids participating, it would be wonderful if we could try and double that amount this year.”
 
He told Samoa News, “Last year the Eastern side kids won from Aua and Lauli’i, they are the reigning champions, and we’re hoping that they will come out this year to defend their title.”
 
In conclusion, Floor wanted to acknowledge those who’ve helped him promote the sport of handball in our territory. “I’d like to thank DOE, especially the OCI P.E. Department for allowing us to use handball as a tool to address obesity and health problems within the schools and at the same time allowing us to introduce the game of handball to the kids.”

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HIGH SURF GENERATED BY TC VICTOR WASHES OVER ROADS AND PROPERTY

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A Fogagogo family has reached out to the Tualauta Faipule, Larry Sanitoa after the high waves over the weekend damaged the wall between the ocean and their residence.
 
A female resident said the waves “at Fogagogo were magnificent but very destructive.” She is seeking assistance from the Department of  Homeland Security for any disaster relief help for her family.
 
Sanitoa said he knew there were reports of big waves washing up rocks and debris on the road in Fatu-ma-Futi and several villages on the eastern side on Saturday.
 
Families in Vaitogi who live near the beach also saw the waves washing up debris and rocks onto their yards. Sanitoa told Samoa News, “Fortunately, nobody got hurt and there were no serious property damage reported. They didn't say anything about being evacuated but they did say their children were sent to stay with relatives on Saturday as a precautionary measure. This is a very dangerous situation for these families.”
 
Sanitoa said he’s asked the Department of Public Works for temporary protective walls for safety and to protect the property of these families in the Tualauta area.
 
Tutuila and Manu’s Islands were under high surf, flood and tropical storm watch advisories starting Friday afternoon and extending through Sunday afternoon as Tropical Cyclone Victor moved east and south of the territory. Victor continues to move south and well away from the Samoa islands.

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