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Faasao Marist Cougars are this year's ASHSAA girls’ softball champs

One sport season ended last Saturday and another began for the American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA).




This year’s ASHSAA girls softball season concluded last Saturday with a championship match up between #1 ranked Samoana Sharks and #3 defending champions, the Fa’asao Marist Cougars.


The Cougars were able to defeat the power hitting Sharks with a final score of 23-6, thanks to great pitching by Gabrielle Langkilde and excellent defense by the Cougars who were able to secure the win and defend their championship title.


The Cougars made it to the finals when they defeated the #4 Leone Lions in the quarterfinals and the #2 Tafuna Warriors in the semifinals. The Sharks had a free ride to the finals thanks to their #1 ranking.


The #5 Faga’itua Vikings had a voluntary forfeit in the quarterfinals against the Warriors, thrusting Tafuna to the semifinals where they fell to the Cougars. After Saturday’s finals, Deja Nua of the Cougars was honored with the championship game’s Most Valuable Player award, while the Coach of the Year award went to Cougars head coach Victor Langkilde. The Most Valuable Player of the Year award went to Tafuna's Jaeleen Ozu.


ASHSAA also announced this year’s ASHSAA Girl’s Softball All-Star team:


Jaeleen Ozu-Warriors


Sydnee Samoa-Cougars


Kanoe Reid-Cougars


Audreena Sualevai-Sharks


Hannah Maluulu-Sharks


Titiula Manuma-Warriors


Deja Nua-Cougars


Gabrielle Langkilde-Cougars


Falefusi Moemoe-Vikings


Tulagi Sagote-Lions


Payge Fuimaono-Lions




Last Saturday was also the start of the ASHSAA girls volleyball season that began at Tafuna High School with junior varsity action in a total of six games. This year’s defending ASHSAA junior varsity champions are the Faga'itua Vikings. In last Saturday’s opening day match-ups, the Warriors won by forfeit over the Vikings in game one. In game two, the Lions defeated the Sharks in two sets: 25,16 - 25,23. Game three had the Vikings downing the Lions 25,15 - 25,18. The Kanana Fou Stallions defeated the Cougars in game four, 25,7, 22,25 and 17,12. The Sharks defeated the Cougars in game five in two sets, 25,16 - 25,17. The Nu’uuli Voc-Tech Wildcats were victorious over the Stallions 25,14 - 27,25 in the last game of the day.             All of this year’s junior varsity girls’ volleyball games will be played at 8a.m. on Saturdays up until November 16. Afterwards, the last week of games will start on Tuesday, Nov. 19


The next junior varsity games will be held this Saturday at Samoana High School.


For the varsity teams, games will be played Monday through Friday with two games each day at different locations. Today the season will begin with the Vikings making a trip to play the Warriors who are the defending ASHSAA varsity champions, while the Sharks will be heading west to play against the Lions.


The Department of Education/ASHSAA invites the public out to all of this year’s ASHSAA sporting events in support of ASHSAA and its athletes.