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Rob Ruck
Pullman, WASHINGTON — Samoans and football. It’s a pairing that is much more complex than a simple write up, but is, at the very least, fodder for discussion on any number of issues, such as diversity, over and under representation in sport, the warrior image, stereotypes, and the role of money. “...
Pictured are some of the sons of Samoa who are currently on the roster, with MSSU running back coach, Keiki Misipeka (far right); academic support specialist, Rachel Jennings (far left) - both natives of American Samoa - and head coach Jeff Sims (middle row, center).
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — For years, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) head coach Jeff Sims has had Polynesian players on his team’s roster. It was only a matter of time before he would come to the islands to see what gives these players their edge. Along with MSSU Running Back Coach,...
Pictured are some of the 25 local high school football players
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Football players from Leone HS, Tafuna HS, Samoana HS, Nu’uuli VocTech, and Fagaitua HS during National Signing Day - yesterday - at the Edu- cation Department conference room. Football players from Fagaitua HS and Samoana HS as they were recognized during National...
Belford Viali poses with family following
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the afterglow of another epic Super Bowl contest, Samoan teenager Belford Viali is hoping he will one day get the chance to show his skills on American football's biggest stage. The 18-year-old, who is still a student at St Joseph's College in Apia, became the first Samoan-...
MIAMI (AP) — He grew his hair so long, it flowed out of his helmet and obscured the name on the back of his jersey. Didn’t matter. Everyone knew where to find Troy Polamalu on Sundays. The Steelers great earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with another hard-hitting safety, Steve...
ASHSAA basketball players honoring Kobe Bryant
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The opening of the 2019-2020 American Samoa High School Athletics Association (ASHSAA) basketball season featured the defending varsity champions, Samoana Sharks taking on the Fa'asao Marist Crusaders. (Prior to the opening match, both teams paid tribute to fallen...
DJ Uiagalelei before Football Hall of Fame graphic
Honolulu, HAWAII — DJ Uiagalelei has been selected as the 2019 Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year. The Award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior high school football player of Polynesian Ancestry. Crescent Valley High School (Corvallis, OR) and current University of...
Faalili Faamoe Jr.
Honolulu, HAWAII — Nearly 100 football players were selected for the 2020 Polynesian Bowl and the roster includes only one local high school player: Leone High School senior and team captain Faalili Faamoe Jr. who is scheduled to depart the territory tonight. The 4th Polynesian Bowl will take place...
Amata with Team Amerika Samoa
Honolulu, HAWAII — Team Amerika Samoa clinched the 2020 Jr Prep Sports (JPS) Paradise Football Classic V after defeating Hawaii Fire 14- 12. Congratulations players and coaches!  In a social media post, JPS officials wrote, “Thank you Governor Lolo, parents, friends, and supporters! We are forever...
Some members of Team Amerika Samoa at Polynesian Cultural Center
Honolulu, HAWAII — Team Amerika Samoa has been enjoying the various tourist attractions in the Aloha State, including the world famous Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC). They are in Hawaii for the JPS Paradise Classic 2020.  Good Luck Team Amerika Samoa. Coaches and players of the American Samoa...

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