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USC defensive lineman Jay Tufele
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — In July, a week before she would check into the hospital, Noreen Tufele offered her little brother, Jay, a ride back to USC’s campus. It was a generous offer, considering the 10-hour haul between their home state of Utah and Los Angeles. But that was typical Nini, as Jay...
Finesse team warms up
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — American Samoa Basketball is back in full throttle with the Mosooi Basketball and 3x3 Tournament after months of restriction from all sporting activities in the territory. American Samoa Basketball Association Vice President, Dhiel Langkilde spoke about details of the...
Tafuna’s ball carrier trying to evade the pressure from two Nu’uuli Wildcat defenders
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Week two of ASHSAA Varsity Football 2020 saw the Tafuna Warriors and the Samoana Sharks each putting a second game in the win column. Tafuna bested the Nuuuli Wildcats 66-0 while it was Samoana over the Marist Crusaders in a 52-14 match up. Tafuna Warriors quarterback,...
Okland Salave'a of Tafuna High School
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — 6,000 miles southwest of the mainland of the United States, at Tafuna High School in American Samoa, Oakie Salave'a has been working hard to get noticed by colleges. "I'm working very hard to be recruited as a quarterback," said the 6-foot-4, 207-pound Salave'a. "I know...
Trainer, Sala Senele Etuale hitting the pad with one of the local boxers
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa Boxing Federation (ASBF) is promoting a new era in the sport — not only to promote boxing by recruiting more youth to build the sport in the territory but at the same time helping the youth of American Samoa channel their activities in a positive...
Samoana Sharks quarterback Viliamu ‘Jamu’ Tanielu sprinting
Pago Pago, AMERICA SAMOA — ASHSAA football got underway Saturday at Veterans Memorial stadium.  The triple header saw Nu’uuli VoTech Wildcats v Fa’asao Marist Crusaders — back in play after nearly 10 years. Crusaders won 8 - 2. Next Tafuna went up against Leone in a one sided sweep,  Tafuna 60 to 0...
Tua and his dad, Galu
Honolulu, HAWAII — The brand new “Tua” documentary about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, (and first reported in Variety) will debut this Sunday on FOX Sports. The documentary will proudly display and highlight the Samoan culture, along with the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and...
Some members of the American Samoa Cancer Coalition in a 2017 photo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Cancer continues to be the second leading cause of death in American Samoa, affecting more families than ever before. While population data is scant, this fact is evidenced by the outpouring of support for the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition’s 4th annual ‘Swing...
Vavae Malepeai with an American Samoa flag in the background
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — The Pac-12 Conference announced on Tuesday that they will postpone all fall sports until at least January 2021 — including football. For players like USC senior Vavae Malepeai, today’s decision offered clarity instead of shock. “I guess (the decision was) not too...
Seilala Mapusua
Apia, SAMOA — Mapusua Seilala Mapusua is the new Manu Samoa head coach, with Muliagatele Brian Lima to take charge of the men's national sevens team. The former Manu Samoa teammates have both signed two year deals after their appointments were endorsed and ratified by the Samoa Rugby Union Board on...

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