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UNDEFEATED MUSTANGS READY TO WIN

 

As the only undefeated team in the National Prep Football League (NPFL), the Mustangs Football Team say they are comfortable with their chances against the Assassins in their championship game tomorrow, according to the Mustangs Head Coach Ben Sauvao.

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American Samoa 1, Tonga 1 in OFC U-20 Prelims

American Samoa drew 1-1 with Tonga on Match Day 1 of the 2016 OFC U-20 Preliminary Championship in Tonga on June 24, at Loto.

 

It was a disappointing result for American Samoa after they walked away with many missed opportunities today, including a point-blank shot at goal by Joseph Purcell during the 51st minute.

 

“It was disappointment for us because we know we could’ve won the game,” said American Samoa’s coach, Sione Mau. “We had a lot of opportunities but we just couldn’t convert on them.”



Harbaugh cancels final Samoa camp due to Zika

Jim Harbaugh was supposed to be in America Samoa on Thursday for the final stop on Michigan's satellite camp tour.

But that's not going to happen.

Per John Raynar, the communications director for the Republican Party of American Samoa, Harbaugh and Michigan called off their return trip to Samoa due to a fear of the Zika Virus.

Harbaugh's wife, Sarah, is pregnant.



TOP GOLFERS ARRIVE FOR SAMOA OPEN

The biggest professional golf event in Samoa was officially launched yesterday, at the Royal Samoa Country Club, Fagali’i.

During the next few days, nearly 60 P.G.A professionals from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, U.S.A and Samoa will go head to head for the S.I.F.A Samoa Open and S.I.F.A Samoa Senior Open.

The biggest professional golf event in Samoa was officially launched yesterday, at the Royal Samoa Country Club, Fagali’i.



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2016 LITTLE LEAGUE SUMMER PROGRAM STILL REGISTERING KIDS
 
Registration is still open for those interested in being part of the 2016 Little League Summer Program, hosted by the American Samoa Baseball Association (ASBA) in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
 
The program is open to all youngsters — boys and girls — between 5 and 18 years old. Proof of age, such as a copy of the child’s birth certificate, is required to complete the registration form.
 



VOLUNTEERS, ATHLETES STEP IN TO FILL THE GAP AFTER SPORTS FUNDING CUT

Funding levels for summer sports cut to new lows
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Despite funding cuts for youth sports and recreation in the territory for the summer months, programs and activities are still moving forward as planned, thanks to the efforts of dedicated coaches, trainers, volunteers, and mentors.
 
One of the driving forces behind the sports programs is the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), responsible for making various sports activities possible for the territory’s youth during the summer months.
 



JR Prep Sports turns its sights on Volleyball with Summer Clinics

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Following a successful inaugural football season in the territory, the JR Prep Sports (JPS) Amerika Samoa crew is busy conducting its 2016 Summer Volleyball Clinic — targeting 8-17 year olds — which kicked off June 15 and will officially end July 16.

 

This is the first time JPS is hosting a local summer volleyball clinic and the turnout has been overwhelming.

 

The sessions are held three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and alternating Fridays and Saturdays) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Tafuna High School gymnasium.



U20 picks team leaders; game times released

Paul Collins has been selected as captain by the management and players of the American Samoa Men’s soccer U-20 National Team.

 

Ferrin Manuleleua and Tor-Lawrence Mana’o were picked as vice-captains to assist Collins as team leaders.

 

Collins has been a member of American Samoa’s youth national teams since 2013, appearing on the U-17 squad as a starting defender, a position he continues to play for his club and representative teams.

 



New Caledonia handball coach expects we will do well in Oceania tournament

Seven day handball camp concluded
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A New Caledonia based coach spent a week in American Samoa training local athletes as part of the ongoing efforts of the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) to prepare athletes for the International Handball Federal (IHF) Oceania tournament later this year.
 
Forty handball athletes from across the territory took part in ASHA's 7-day handball camp which ran from June 6-June 14 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.
 



American Samoa Men’s U-20 squad finalized

The hopes of the Football Federation American Samoa have been placed trustingly on 18 young men ready to compete in the upcoming 2016 OFC Men’s U-20 Preliminary Championship in Tonga.

 

“You have all been training hard for several months and the executive committee and I expect that you will give it your best,” Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet said during the team’s luncheon with their parents on Sunday, June 12.

 



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