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Rising star from Am. Samoa emerges on football field

jeff@samoanews.com

Young Samoans continue to make big strides in sports these days, especially on the gridiron. Chuck Filiaga, who is originally from American Samoa, quickly made a name for himself during his freshman year at St. Augustine High School in San Diego, California.
 
The 6’5 275lb. Defensive Tackle was able to make the Varsity squad and help his Saints to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Football Championship at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the National Football League’s San Diego Chargers.
 



WARRIORS SET TO DEFEND THEIR VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP, BRING BACK THE JV TITLE

jeff@samoanews.com

It's that time of year once again, when you will hear the cracking of the pads on the gridiron as the 2014-2015 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) football season is upon us.
 
The first scheduled game this season is set to be played next week Wednesday, Aug. 27, with the defending Varsity champion Tafuna Warriors taking on the team they defeated in the finals last season, the Samoana Sharks.
 
Samoa News will be highlighting the individual teams before the opening game next week.
 



American Samoa at Summer Youth Games in China

blue@samoanews.com

The five local athletes — and three chaperones — representing American Samoa in the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China have arrived in the Far East, joining hundreds of talented young athletes representing different countries from all over the globe.
 
The games started on Aug. 16 and will end Aug. 28.
 
Faresa Pasefika Kapisi, a track and field competitor, will be competing in the 100-meter sprint on Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. — which is tomorrow, Aug. 20 at 11:30 p.m. (local time).
 



East Pacific Region defends title in Fiji this week

Twenty two players selected from American Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Samoa are in Lautoka Fiji this week to defend their championship title against the West Pacific team (Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea) and North Pacific group (Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Northern Marianas).
 
They were picked after the completion of the one week ITF sponsored tournament that was held in American Samoa last week.
 



ASRU 15-a-side League ends, training begins for Talavalu

blue@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Rugby Union’s 15-a-side league ended with its final game yesterday between Tonga and the Leone Whites.
 
As of press time yesterday, the official standings for the twelve teams that participated in the league were not yet available, although Lalomalava is sure to be the #1 seed, as they were the only team to go undefeated. Additionally, Lalomalava took off with the coveted shield last week after defeating the Leone Whites.



2014- 15 high school football season about to take off — Aug 27

tony@samoanews.com

The most popular sport played in our high school division — “Football” — is right around the corner, and Samoa News will start off the big bang this year with our individual team promos, our Pre-huddles, which will start in tomorrow’s issue, up to the scheduled season opener — set to kick off on Aug. 27, next week Wednesday, with two high caliber matches opening this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association football league.
 



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.
 

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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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Boxing between the 2 Samoas is on TONIGHT

tony@samoanews.com

The biggest boxing event ever to be held on island is tonight at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna.  The main event will feature New Zealand based fighter Clarence Tillman who is originally from New Orleans Louisiana, going up against the undefeated All Samoan Champion “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa that plus Elite Amateur bouts between American Samoa and Samoa start off the night.
 



American gIant fights Samoan undefeated champ

Another David versus Goliath story
tony@samoanews.com

The American Samoa boxing sensation and rising star, “Heat Man” Alapati A’asa, will be put to the test Saturday night when he meets an American giant.
 
Boxing Club owner Tole’afoa Henry Tavake is hosting what is being called the “Biggest Fight Ever” held on American Samoa soil at the Samoa Sports Complex (Bowling Alley) in Tafuna Saturday night.
 



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