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FFAS president, Sen. Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet, high fives a player on
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — More than 600 players of the 2019 FFAS Summer Youth League walked away happy at the conclusion of the six-day competition on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium. They all walked away with a school bag filled with school supplies from Forsgren for the...
Nicky Salapu (middle) with Alex Godinet, and FIFA referee instructor Tevita Ve’a
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  “This is not the finish line, only the beginning of your journey as a referee or assistant referee,” said FIFA instructor, Tevita Ve’a of Tonga, to the 21 FFAS participants of the FFAS FIFA-MA referee course on Friday, August 9, 2019.  “I want to see many referees and...
A Pago Youth player (left) and Tafuna Jets opponent
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — There is a tight race in the boys and girls 13-15 division of the 2019 FFAS Summer Youth League to determine this year’s champion. Defending champs Vaiala Tongan are three points ahead of Pago Youth in the boys division, with a lead of 24 points to the latter’s 21. ...
Frederick Mauigoa in action
Pullman, WASHINGTON — A 6-3, 310-pound football star from Ili’ili continues to make noise in the Pacific Northwest, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Frederick Mauigoa, a senior at Washington State University, was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list on Friday. It is the second-straight...
Samantha Ricketts
Starkville, MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State University Bulldogs has a new head softball coach. Her name is Samantha Ricketts, whom wcbi.com calls “one of the rising coaching stars in college softball” who has directed “the most explosive offenses in Mississippi State history.” Ricketts is the...
 East Side Zone cricket team members of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — It’s a wrap! The East Side Zone of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago claimed the 2019 cricket championship titles for both the men’s and women’s divisions last week. For the women’s division, the title was shared (co-champs) by the East Side and the West Side. The cricket...
The American Samoa women’s basketball team celebrate atop the podium with their gold medals.
Maui, HAWAII — Mahina Hannemann-Gago hadn’t played competitive basketball since graduating from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2010. That didn’t stop her from getting back on the court last month and helping the American Samoa women’s national team to gold. Hannemann-Gago, an associate athletic...
Cooper Vuna scores a try against Samoa on muddy field.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa and Tonga turned down the chance to play last weekend's Pacific Nations Cup rugby test in another country despite World Rugby expressing concern about the state of the playing field at Apia Park. Manu Samoa beat Tonga 25-17 on Saturday afternoon in wet and muddy ground...
Micah Masei on the starting block
Gwangju, SOUTH KOREA — What a day at the FINA 18th World Swimming Championships. Day 6 saw the Men’s 50m Freestyle commence with 130 entries. 20-year-old, Micah Masei was representing American Samoa. This was Masei’s second race of the week, earlier competing in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke with a...
Muddy conditions on the field during Samoa vs Tonga rugby match
Apia, SAMOA — Perhaps the biggest talking point out of the match between Samoa and Tonga was the horrific conditions that the two teams did battle in. The wind, rain and ripped up terrain meant that points were always going to be at a premium and it was the home team that ultimately made the most...

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