Benson Mauga
Our young Athletes world need your support and prayers as they pursuit their academic and talent to the next level...'A good examble has more value than good advice' - "Let no one despise your youth, but be an examble to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Timothy 4:12)

 

 


Samoan Athletes - Heart of Champions

Awards

Awards of the 13th Annual SAHC

13th Annual-April 29th/ Saturday (Noon-3pm)

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PROGRAM-Polokalama:      “THEME-GPS EPH 4:3 UNITY-MAOPOOPO”

OPENING BY: “ALL ATHLETES-PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE” (By Samuel Smith 1832)

INVOCATION: PASTOR-JOSEPH E. BOLIN, DMA (Dean, School of Music)…California Baptist University (CBU), 8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside CA 92504

·         SPECIAL ”TAIMI NEI O SAMOA”

HEART of VISION: HC-EDWARD CARBERRY –Southwestern Community College (JUCO)

·         ”WE ARE SAMOA”

HEART of INSPIRATIONAL: PASTOR-RAYMOND TOILOLO –Gridiron Ministries

·         “MO NAI OU USO”

AWARDS:

2016-2017 5th Annual Tiaina Seau JR “Most Inspirational Athlete”                 
Memorial Award: Ezekiel Noa - Helix HS “Football” GPA: 3.33…Boise ST


2016-2017 High School – Athletes of the Year:

Anthony Sola
– Morse HS “Football” …SWC (JC)
Joseph Toese
– Madison HS “Football” …AIR FORCE Academy

2016-2017 JUCO – Athletes of the Year:
Perry Afato
– Grossmont College (JC) “FOOTBALL”
Evangeline Morga
– San Diego City College (JC) “BASKETBALL”

*OFFERING “WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE”

HEART of SAFETY: CAPT. RUDY TAI – (Southern DIV. San Diego-Police Dept.)

·         ”JESUS IS THE CENTER OF MY LIFE”

BENEDICTION: KAMERON TIUMALU – Helix, HS …Grossmont (JC)

 

 
Awards of the 12th Annual SAHC
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Pastor Benson Fuaautoatasi Mauga and the First Samoan Baptist Church hosted the 12th annual Heart of a Champion Sports Awards Banquet in their church in Helix, San Diego.  The event was attended by many from the community as well as some special guests who were there to celebrate the achievements of some special student athletes from our San Diego area. There were many guests and visitors who attended the program including the honorable Senator from American Samoa, Afoafouvale Leulumoegafou Su'esu'e Lutu who came from American Samoa to be a part of this event. He also was one of the featured speakers of the program.

The program was a beautiful celebration of the youth. The awards presented were given to local High School and College student/athletes based on their academics and their level of competitive efforts for the last year.

The High School awards went to two deserving students. The male Student/Athlete award was given to Maeaeafe Emmanuel Alailima, a Senior from Helix High School.  He had a 3.38 GPA and played through serious injury at the start of his senior year before anchoring their Defensive line and winning the San Diego City Championship.  Maea received a scholarship to play football at Azusa Pacific College in Los Angeles.

The female High School recipient was Laulauga Tausaga, a senior from Mount Miguel High School. Laulauga was the City Section Champion in the Shotput last year setting a record with a throw of 48ft 3.5 inches. She is also one of the top Discus throwers in the City. Her athletic achievements have attracted alot of College recruiters including Iowa and UCLA. She decided to go with Iowa and will be a Hawkeye this coming fall.

The College Heart of a Champion award recipients were Lance Leota and Evangeline Morga.  Evangeline Morga is a starting guard for the San Diego City College women's basketball team. She has been one of the team's leaders and is contributing in both scoring and assists as a Freshman. In 23 games played last season she averaged 9.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Lance Leota, arrived from Samoa, (Independent Samoa) last June with 3 other young Samoan men in pursuit of a dream to attend a US College and play football. He had played one season of organized football in American Samoa before returning to Apia where he met Richard Brown, an ex-NFL player living there who trained them for a year in preparation for this season. They enrolled at Grossmont College with the help of Pastor Benson Mauga and the rest is history. Last Season Lance became a starter on the defensive line as a Freshman.  Almost immediately his play as a Defensive Tackle was solid and consistent as he continued to improve week after week. He played in 9 games last season recording 2 sacks and 27 tackles, 17 of those were solo tackles. He was a disruptive force in the middle for the Grossmont Defense creating havoc for opposing offenses.

The main award of the night for most Inspirational Athlete of the Year which was presented to Quinn Seau, the nephew of the Football Hall of Famer Junior Seau, whose older brother Savaii is Quinn's father.  Quinn was unable to attend the presentation due to the family awaiting word on his cousin, Ian Seau's NFL draft day.  Quinn played as starting linebacker for St. Augustine High School and his GPA was an impressive 4.33. This combined with his stand out play for the Saints in the past 3 years has been instrumental in St. Augustine winning their first CIF championship last season, since 2006.  He has been eyed by many college programs including Stanford and Florida State. The Se'au legacy is alive and well.

The program was a mixture of entertainment and inspirational messages. The Featured Speaker was HON. Senator: Afoafouvale Leulumoegafou LUTU (Am Samoa-Senate, Rep. South Korean Peninsula Counsel, Law Firm, Former Am Samoa Attorney General under GOV. AP Lutali & recent GOV. Lolo Moliga). His remarks were directed at keeping humble and not taking anything for granted. He was followed by Charlie Brown, Director for Public Relations for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Native Americans, the "Heart to Heart" speaker- Mark WALCZAK -former NFL PRO TE..(IND "Colts" - BUF "Bills" - Arizona"Cardinals" & SD"Chargers") and the "Heart of SAFETY" speaker- LT. Mann Del TORO (San Diego Homicide-Vice-SD Police Dept.) One of the special guests there who also spoke to the gathered guests was the Producer of the successful Samoan Movies, the Silamanino Series. Eliza Su'a.  She spoke of the dreams that are fulfilled by hard work and determination.


The First Samoan Baptist Church provided a splendid meal and all who attended were well fed. The most important thing is the community were able to come and enjoy the achievements of their youth. These are the future of Samoa and our Samoan people in the USA. There was more than just athletic talent present on this day, Singing the national anthem and final song was American Idol contestant Samuelu Fesili from Oceanside High School. 

 
 
Awards of the 11th Annual SAHC
 

High School Athlete of the Year; (2014-2015)

QUINN SEAU  - High School Athlete of the Year

QUINN SEAU  was born in Stockton, CA on September-1997.  #9 6’-2” LB St. Augustine High School varsity athlete in activities sports, Football & Basketball... His Dad SavaiI always stressed the importance of school in the classroom more than Football. Without an education passion for the game of football will be nothing but a dream. But goal is to have an opportunity to play at the next level and to further his education with a degree that will fall back on. His Dad growing up has always emphasized the importance of going to college. But, most importantly our spiritual values with God, Family and friends, as his uncle Rev. Benson always shares in our families gathering. Is to have a relationship with the Lord, and always believed in that perspective faith, when I was injured last year. Being out for a year made me realize that you never know what can happen…Today or tomorrow. His brother Micah was also injured his Senior year in High school and seeing what he went through made me see what life is ahead is to be take it very seriously daily. The Lord answers my brother Micah’s prayers; SDSU offer full football/ academic scholarship, graduating in spring 2016. My model was to never quit and have faith in God and the family support that all things will be alright!! 

I am blessed to be in a position to pave my path that he has lay for me and again with the love from his Dad and Stepmom-Megan, and brother Micah. God’s daily devotional words of faith and all who believes in me will see that light…
·
         American Youth Pop-Warner Most Valuable player of the year 2012
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         2nd Team San Diego Middle Linebacker as a Freshman
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         2nd Team under armor as a Sophomore
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         Scored 100% on entry exam for all Private Schools
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         1st injury as a junior which sidelined you for the season
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         Looking to Major in Mathematics
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         All Ivy schools looking at you academically and athletic scholarship
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         Looking to play Division 1 football on the West Coast

We face challenges with confidence... Great Blessing!

   
EVANGELINE TIUMALU MORGA
Basketball  SR  5-5  Fwd  Montgomery “Aztec” HS – INBOUND for SDCC

HS HIGHLITE: MONTGOMERY 67, HELIX 62 — Someone forgot to inform Montgomery's Murrellene Woodson and Mikaelah Wieland that the Helix Highlanders planned to make a visit to Jenny Craig Pavilion at USD for this weekend's Division II Girls Basketball finals. The Highlanders were the No. 1 seed in the San Diego CIF Division II bracket, facing an Aztec team that brought a loud crowd and a lot of energy to Tuesday night's (Mar. 3) semifinal battle.

Helix erased a six point deficit. Heading into the fourth quarter the Highlanders led by three and had their sights set on an SDCIF finals berth.

Suddenly it was Evangeline Morga (10-pts/5-assists/1-Steals) taking the spotlight by draining three long range shots for Montgomery in the fourth. Prior to that, Morga had accounted for just one Aztec free throw. As the Aztecs baskets fell, so did the title hopes for Helix finishes the season at 18-11 and Co-Champions Grossmont Hills League with their supporters who were, by then, drowned out by a raucous Montgomery crowd.

   

Joshua Filifiliauro Leasaū
TIAINA SEAU JR “MOST INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETE”
(3rd) MEMORIAL AWARD 2014-2015

HELIX HS Senior “ART CULTURE RECIPIENT STUDENT”

Joshua was born and raised in the beautiful city of Southeast San Diego, Calif. A young Sāmoan warrior, for the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ…

Grew up with a Family that always place God first in all that they do, a reminder of a motto pass down from his ancestors to generation…”Samoa Muamua Le Atua”  A son of a minister of the 1st Samoan Assy of God, in San Diego, Calif. Raised up by his grand-parents and other members of the church as parents outreached mission to the lost soul…

A courage & inspirational, to his family and church youth peers. Also to his high school friends, teachers staffs and coaches in almost every sports…

Samoan culture got hold of Joshua in young age, as learning from Samoan local churches and other Samoan function and Pacific Islanders Festivities Association annuals in the summer. But through it all he never forgot his motto as to place God first. His education was always a challenge from level to steps and success as he celebrated along the way. Looking forward for his graduation at Helix HS Charter-class of 2015! “To God Be All The Glory”

 
Awards of the 10th Annual SAHC
 

High School Athlete of the Year; (2013-2014)

TIAINA SEAU JR-2014 - “MOST INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETE MEMORIAL AWARD”:
REUBEN LEASAU 6’-2”, 205lbs.-HELIX HS LB

Samoan Athlete Sign Letter of Intent with San Jose State, CA

San Jose State is off to a fast start and has six total commitments with the recent pledge of Rueben Leasau.

“He committed February 5, 2014,” Leasau said. “Everything just felt right at San Jose State. The coaching staff was great with me and my family and I felt like I had a good chemistry with everyone there. Plus it just felt like home when I visited and that’s what I was looking for.  
“I took an unofficial visit back in April and really liked it a lot. Coach Donte Williams, he’s the one that was recruiting me and that’s my guy right there. I know it’s early for me but I just felt like this was the perfect fit for me so there was no point in putting it off. Plus I wanted to do it before my senior year so I could just focus on school and football and now I’ll be able to do that.”
Leasau had a solid showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp where he measured in at 6-1, 205 pounds and clocked a 4.88-40 and jumped 33 inches in the vertical. He has a long frame and will easily be able to hold another 25 pounds or so without a problem. He was a 1st team All-league, East County, and Polynesian All American Bowl selection. Also the nominee selection for the JR SEAU’s 2nd year 2014-Memorial award...
Son of Lau & Leemo Toilolo Leasau from Ta’u, Manu’a & Leone of Tutuila, American Samoa.

 

Tiasamo (Samo) Savusa, Defensive Tackle, Height: 6-1, Weight: 290,
San Diego, CA (Madison HS)

Cal Poly Mustangs, #54

Savusa earned first-team All-Western League honors as a senior under head coach Rick Jackson at Madison High School in San Diego last fall. Savusa recorded 70 tackles (37 solo), including eight tackles for lost yardage and three sacks. He also recovered a fumble and intercepted two passes, returning one 20 yards for a touchdown against La Jolla. Savusa was named most valuable lineman on his team and earned second-team All-CIF-San Diego Section honors, with media KUSI-Pigskins Report: Iron Hog Award. The Madison HS “Warhawks” finished 9-2 overall and reached the quarterfinal round of the CIF-San Diego Section Division II playoffs. In 2012, Madison captured the state Division III title with a 14-1 record and Savusa garnered 60 tackles (41 solo), including three for lost yardage, along with three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. Savusa also competes in track and field in the shot put and discus events. Recruited by UC Davis and Idaho, Savusa chose Cal Poly because "I believe it has an excellent education program and I also believe in what Coach Walsh has planned for the football team. I would love to be a part of it."

Personal -- Son of the Ituau 2014-Fautasi Champions-“Manulele Tausala” of Nu’uuli, American Samoa…Logo Savusa & Faapaia Salausa Savusa of Sailele, AS ... one brother, Logoitino, and two sisters, Jade and Chas ... wants to be an accountant ... born December 1995, in San Diego, Calif. ... majors in communication studies.

 

JC Athletes of the Year; (2013-2014)

LAFAELE PASELIO 

CASTLE HS-KANEOHE HS/ SOUTHWESTERN College-SWC (JC)Inbound for MID-AMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY 

Offensive Lineman
Sophomore 

Hometown: Kaneohe HI
Athletic Awards: All OIA, O Line & D Line/ Team two times “Player of the WEEK”
What I like most about Southwestern Football: I like the Coaches & The Mauga family Heart of Champions/Polynesian style feast…brings a taste of home cooking right here in San Diego CA.
My greatest mentors are: Pastor ‘s  devotional words of courage and stay focus!

My Favorite Athlete: Frank Foster
My Biggest Strength: My Smile
On my off time I like to: Chill with the Polynesians boys…
My family includes: Dad, Mom, Little Sister, Grandma and Grandpa…

 

RUDY LEASAU

HELIX HS/ GROSSMONT College-GC (JC)
INBOUND For CHADRON STATE, NEBRASKA

Matches:35 Sets:115 Total Attacks:831 Total Kills:272 Diggs:255 Service Aces:34 Blocks:59

·         JUCO-WOMEN’S STATE FINALS; LEAD WITH 8-KILLS

·         2013-ALL-CCCAA STATE TOURNAMENT WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM

·         PACIFIC COAST ATHLETIC CHAMPIONS

·         RANKINGS: STATE NO.4 AND SO CAL NO.2

·         ALL-ACADEMIC  (3.83) GPA

 PERSONAL: The daughter of Lau LEASAU & Leemo TOILOLO LEASAU…proud Grandparents-Elder-REV.  John & Fuafiva LEASAU … 3-sisters Mele, Diana & Sinoi and 2-brothers … Brother Reuben LEASAU inbound for San Jose State University … younger brother Jesse a soph @HelixHS…

 
Awards of the 9th Annual SAHC April 6, 2013
 

High School Athletes of the Year; (2012-2013)

HS Female Athlete- KAINAN SAGALE (Helix Charter HS) – Missouri Valley College

Jersey #: 17 Class: SR Height: 5'10" Vertical Leap: 9’-3”

SPORTS: Volleyball Varsity Position: OH, MB, OPP

Season: Varsity 11-12 Sport: Volleyball Overall: 15-13-0 League: 4-6-0 National Rank: 5094 CA State Rank: 423

All Stats: Sets Played: 47 Attacks Kills: 171 Hitting Percentage: .244

Total Blocks: 24 Digs: 129 Serving Aces: 24

HS-Awards & Recruiting: GPA-3.0 Highly top recruited Prep-Star… Athlete of the WEEK award as the Player of the MATCH @ Santana HS on September 12, 2012-Kainan had a great match with 14 kills. She leaded the team to victory! Max Prep Player of the Game: October-2012. All-County First Team 2011-2012/Grossmont Hills League: First Team/Helix HS 2010-2013 MVP/ Samoa Bowl selection/Mira Mesa-2010 Volleyball Tournament MVP. Notes provided by Head Coach Linda Brown- an Outstanding addition to our team, she has proven a team Captain and a leader for the Highlanders
 

HS Male Athlete- VILIAMU MILO (Helix Charter HS) – Colorado Mesa Univ.

Number 54, SR Helix High lineman WILLIAM AMU MILO (5’- 9’’, 260) has committed to Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo. of the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Milo was a four-time All-East County pick on both sides of the ball and made All-CIF his final two seasons.

HS: HELIX HIGHLANDERS, MIGHTY Beast of the East County, Grossmont Hills League 2011-2012 First Team …Defensive Player of the Year-2012. ALL East County First Team… on both side of the field OFF/DEF… Heart and soul of the 2010-2011 DIV II STATE CHAMPS’

San Diego Hall of Champions 53rd annual All-CIF San Diego Section First Team winners, selected by a panel of media writers, for the recently completed fall sports season.

Meanwhile, the projected top three defenders from the start of the season remained on top at season’s end. Defensive linemen De’Shawn Tone of Valhalla and Amu Milo of Helix gained first team honors, along with Valhalla defensive back Spencer Havird. Tone finished with 14 sacks this season, while leading East County with 30 tackles for loss, according to statistics compiled by East County Sports.com.

Milo, who was the lone sophomore to earn All-CIF laurels in 2010, capped his high school career by earning his third citation to the All-CIF team. He also is a standout on the offensive line and is being recruited for both sides of the football by more than two dozen colleges.

 

 

JC Athletes of the Year; (2012-2013)

JC Male Athlete: IAN SEAU-HS: La Costa Canyon“Maverick” Nevada Univ

JUCO ALL-National DIV Southern Conference First Team ALL-America

HIGH SCHOOL: First-Team Defense Avocado West League pick in 2010... Named to the 2010 Rivals All-San Diego Section Second Team... Named defensive player of the year for the Avocado League... Named to The North County Times All-North County Team... Named to The North County Times Elite 11 Team... Named as a Second-Team All-CIF performer as a junior... Named the number three defensive end for the class of 2011 in California by Cali High Sports... Collected 89 tackles, 18 sacks and blocked four kicks during high school career... Led La Costa Canyon HS to a 20-3 record during his junior and senior seasons...

PERSONAL: Ian Seau is the son of single mother Mary Seau... Nephew of former NFL icon superstar Junior Seau... Cousin Homer Mauga, ILB/OLB for the Idaho Vandals.

Highlighted sophomore quarterback CHRIS BONNER and freshman linebacker IAN SEAU, of the Grossmont College football team were honored following selection to the All-National Division Southern Conference football team at the recent Griffins team banquet.

Junior Seau, Ian's late uncle, gains immediate induction into SDHOC/Breitbard Hall of Fame

Meanwhile, Ian Seau was honored with the Grossmont; MAUGA DEFENSIVE AWARD. Seau, a transfer from Kansas State via La Costa Canyon High, led the state with 19 quarterback sacks and thus was tabbed the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

 

JC Female Athlete: RUDY LEASAU (Helix HS) FR, Grossmont College(JC)

2012-CO-CHAMPS’ PCAC

Freshman #12 Position: OH HT: 5’-11”

Stats: Kills: 152 season / 65 in the PCAC / Kills per set: (26-65)-2.50 / ACES per set(6-9) Total: 69 Aces for the season.

2012-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball Champs’’

The youngest daughter of Lau & Leemo Leasau… classmate of Helix Volleyball stars standout player; Seina Lemusu, Faith Leaupeptele & Kainan Sagale… Also athletic sisters; Diana, Mele, & Sinoi, all stand out prospect product out of Helix HS in Basketball... brother Rueben a JR, 3yrs varsity football star Outside-linebacker for the Highlanders

 

“Most Inspirational Athlete” Israel Tofi Paopao – O’side HS – Florida Int Unv. The PPR 2012-Selection San Diego County Player of the Year

SR. Jersey#: 6 Position: QB/RB Ht/Wt: 6'1"/225 HS: Oceanside ‘Pirates’ Season: Varsity 11-12 Sport: Football Overall: 9-3-1 League: 3-1-0 National Rank: 426 CA State Rank: 48

The Oceanside QB passed for 2,074 yards and combined for 21 touchdowns (19 pass, 2 rush), throwing only 5 interceptions. Paopao is known as the top player on the top team in the county, leading the Pirates to another stellar 10-1 season.

San Diego Hall of Champions 53rd annual All-CIF San Diego Section First Team winners, selected by a panel of media writers, for the recently completed fall sports season.

However, the third quarterback on the first team ranked first overall, as Oceanside ‘s Israel “Tofi” Paopao was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Year.

Oceanside High quarterback Tofi Paopao signed a letter of intent with Florida International. He received a recommendation from former NFL QB Jeff Garcia. CHARLIE NEUMAN • U-T

Tofi Paopao had a great career at Oceanside High, but the senior quarterback needed a little help to land a college scholarship.

“Jeff Garcia made it happen,” Paopao said of the four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback.

“I worked out with him during our bye week in the playoffs. He has great charisma. He liked what he saw and said he’d try to place me.”

Wednesday, Paopao signed a letter of intent to play at Florida International.

The Golden Panthers, who went 3-9 last season and are a member of Conference USA, hired former Illinois coach Ron Turner as their head man in January.

Turner led the Illini to the Big Ten title and a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2001.

A quarterback guru, Turner — the brother of former Chargers coach Norv Turner — also worked 12 years in the NFL with quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Garcia.

“We send film, email and make calls,” said Oceanside coach John Carroll. “We leave messages.

“Jeff Garcia has home numbers. He knows people. Jeff’s word means something, so when he makes a recommendation, coaches listen.”

Garcia lives in San Diego now and runs Elite Sports West youth football camps, along with John Bankhead.

“Jeff runs a camp for profit, but he asked if he could work with our young quarterbacks for free,” Carroll said. “When someone of his stature volunteers his time, you take that opportunity. And obviously, it helped Tofi.”

Despite great stats, two San Diego Section championships in three years as a starter and outstanding leadership skills, Paopao had two things working against him.

He’s only 6-foot-1 in an era where schools are looking for tall QBs. And grades.

“A lot of schools showed interest, but grades were a problem,” Paopao said. “I buckled down the last two years, but I didn’t do well my freshman and sophomore years. That killed me. Florida International is taking a chance on me.

“I felt at home there. They run the West Coast offense, so it’s a good fit for me. They’re bringing me to Florida in June to learn the offense. I have a chance to be the starter next season.

“They expect me to handle my business on the field and in the classroom. I intend to do just that. I don’t want to let Oceanside, Coach Carroll or Jeff Garcia down.”

 

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Awards of the 8th Annual SAHC April 14, 2012
 

High School Athletes of the Year; (2011-2012)

HS Female Athlete- ZEINAH LEMUSU (Helix Charter HS) - Eastern New Mexico University

SR, Height: 6’-0” Weight: 190 lbs.

SPORTS: Volleyball Varsity  POSITION: Outside Hitter/ Middle blocker

Hometown: San Diego, CA

2010-2012 Season: GPA 3.32 A lead starter in appeared in 38 matches; attacks kills: 68/ Serving Aces: 3/ Total blocks: 58/ Digs: 2/ Assists 16/ Kills Per-Game: 2.5… a two-year letter winner in volleyball… 2010-2011 All-Academic girls volleyball team, Union Tribune San Diego Academic team… High school overall season show progressive than ever before in years under Head Coach Linda Brown

Personal: Born in San Diego, Calif… has 2 brothers and one dear sister Lisabella… Potential major in nursing-registered nurse training: (RN/ASN/BSN/MSN)… Love to fellowship and participated in youth(s) activities such as; Samoan Athletes annual events for her faith as sharing with others for spiritual growth. Parents are Hale Lemusu of Aloau, Am Samoa and Lisi Taula of Ta’u, Manu’a, Am Samoa.

 

 

HS Male Athlete- FILIPO NAPOLEON (Helix Charter HS) - Grossmont College (JC)

SR, HT/ WT: 6’-2” 245 lbs. SPORTS: Football Varsity

SEASON OVERALL: 13-1-0     LEAGUE: 5-0    DIV II: Champions      STATE: DIV II CHAMPS

NATIONAL RANK: 127           CALIFORNIA STATE RANK: 6 HEAD CHOACH: Troy Starr

Hometown: San Diego, CA

HIGHLITES 2011-2012: Fast start and a natural Samoan athlete build ready to excel to any level as a competitor, discipline and be obedience with the norm of his character talented. Team FCA as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle… Polynesian power Defensive Tackle unit position side by side with his team-mates Fuga & Milo, dominated the season with only one loss… so awesome that the first time Helix crushed their rival opponents since the class of 2001-2002 in the past, such as O’side HS in the finals @ Qualcomm Chargers Stadium. A MaxPreps athlete prospect… interview with the Tour of Champions presented by the Army National Guard… selected PrepStar CAL Classic All-Star Team @ home depot Center in Carson; State CHAMPS… All League & All East County Team…

Personal: Son of Napoleon, raised by his birth mother, Doriana Mageo Seva’enae. His close friend and a cheerful stand cheer-leader can be heard from the South Pacific Islanders. He also participated in his church youth outreach and community. Working on his academic strategic role to advance to the next level!

 

 
JC Athletes of the Year; (2011-2012)

JC Male Athlete: CHRISTIAN TAUSAGA - High School: MT. Miguel “Matadors” Class of 2009  

Height/ Weight: 6’-1”/ 300 lbs.       

SPORTS: Football POSITION:  Offensive Lineman/Defensive Lineman

COLLEGE: Grossmont College (JC) “Griffins” – University of Arkansas @ Monticello

Griffins 2009-2012: Varsity team and selected All Grossmont League Team and for the American Samoa Bowl in his high school tender. Tausaga also played in the 2009 Beach Bowl, defeating the El Camino College for the Champions… 2010 runner-up for Beach Bowl Champions… 2011-2012 Griffins hard core Offensive/ Defensive player on both side of the field… Always availability for the needs of his coach game plan… Completed his Associates Degree requirements…

Personal: Tausaga is very active in his Lemon Grove Community outreach, as feeding the needed, assisting his church local ministries as sharing the good news and SHARE program voluntarily.… Union Tribune of San Diego, on February 01, 2012, and recent April 2012 Easter celebration feast. The son of Pastor: Mr. & Mrs. Ulalei & Mai Tausaga of The First Samoan Pentecost Independent Church for more than 8 years...  Awaiting God’s daily plans as his spiritual growth and pursuit his talent to play football to the next level.

 

 

JC Female Athlete: ANDREA KEIKILANI BIRD - Height: 6’-0 High School: San Diego HS

SPORTS: Women’s Basketball POSITION: Center

COLLEGE: Grossmont College (JC) “Griffins” CLASS: SO

High School: GPA 3.34 Andrea averaged 8.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1 steal per game. She earned 2010 CIF Division 1 Champion, 2nd Team All-Division 1, 1st Team All-Eastern League, 2008-2010 Union Tribune All-Academic Team, 2010 High School Student Athlete of the Year (San Diego), Mark Hall Award, 2010 recipient of the SDHS Scholar Award.

College: Samoan heart center lead the Griffins Women’s Basketball Team Back-to-Back Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champions: 2009-2010/ 2010-2011… Total Points 31, 14 assist, 5 blocks, 12 steal… her best game with 10pts against Santa Ana Dons on the Southern CAL 24th Annual Holiday Tournament 2011.

Personal: Andrea was born on September 1992 to Laura “Shelli” and Alvin Bird. She has two brothers; Taylor Bird and Jeremy Tyler. Andrea is majoring in Social Work with a concentration in Athletic Counseling. Wishing to transfer to any four year university college such as Georgia Tech, that is willing to pay for her education… she like the campus and great Sports Medicine program as her goal majoring.

 

 
 
Awards of the 7th Annual SAHC April 30, 2011
 

High School Athletes of the Year; (2010-2011)

Fiaalii JR Togiaso, 6’-1”, 275 –OT/DT  La Jolla Country Day HS
Team captain in his senior and junior years…with a GPA-3.6…earned four varsity letters for Head Coach Jeff Hutzler. Aside from football, he earned one varsity letter apiece in track and field ad basketball…named first-team All-Pacific league as an offensive lineman during his senior year of 2010 and as a sophomore in 2008, and earned 2nd-team All-Pacific league honors his freshman year.  Off the field, involved in the Madrigals honor choir, while also serving as the ASB publicist. He plans on attending Cornell and majoring in Civil Engineering.  Fiaalii is the son of Fiaalii SR and Norma Togiaso of Western Samoa and Manu’a Islands in the South Pacific. In spare time he enjoys singing, hanging out at the beach, and playing board games such as Trivial Pursuit.
 

Sam Meredith, 6’-5”, 260-DE/TE  Helix Charter HS
The Ukulele Club, and a 3.0 GPA: The two-way player who competed for head coach Troy Starr at Helix HS. He played defensive end and tight end, earning three varsity letters in basketball and one in track. He is planning on attending San Diego State and majoring in Communications.  As one of the top players in the area, he was named first-team All-East County on offense and defense, as well as earning Grossmont Hills League “Player of the Year” honors. He was recognized as a third-team All-State selection on defense, while also taking home the PPR “Iron Hog Award” and the Helix HS “Iron Man Award.”  Enjoys life and Island style talented in ukulele & guitar for entertainment of his family and friends. He is the son of Sam SR and Rachel Meredith of Utulei, American Samoa.
 
JC Athletes of the Year; (2010-2011)
JC-MALE ATHLETE: LB Thomas Tutogi, 6-0/251, Chula Vista, Calif. (Chula Vista High School/Southwestern Junior College)

Enrolled at UW in January and will be a true sophomore in 2011. … Played 2010 season at Southwestern JC. … Earned first-team all-league honors. … Recorded 120 tackles in 2010. … Fourth in the league with 17.5 tackles for loss. … Posted 140 tackles as a senior at Chula Vista, and also scored 12 touchdowns as a running back. … Rated No. 21 junior college prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.

Sarkisian: “Thomas possesses the real inside-backer type mentality. He’s about a 6-foot, 240-245 pounder right now, but he’s a tremendous athlete. He’s got great hand-eye coordination, very good feet, but he’s going to hit you in the mouth. He’s an iso-run stopper, a power run stopper that brings a lot of true, real leadership qualities with him.”

http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/tutogi_thomas00.html
 

JC-MALE ATHLETE:
MARC POUVAVE #77
Position: Offensive Tackle / guard
Ht:6'- 4", 340 lbs.
High School: Monte Vista, Calif.
 
Class: Sophomore / Southwestern College (JC)

Region V
All-America Community College Football team (first-team all-California) ... first-team all-conference ... 2010-Team Captain ... lettered three years in football and golf at Monte Vista High School CA ... Offensive Player of the Week twice ... SamoanAthletes.com (JUCO) CO-Player of the Year 2010 with LB-Thomas Tutogi that early transfer to Washington Huskies ... under HC Ed Carberry 4th season Spread Offense: ran 356 times for 1,639 yards and pass 380 times for 2,097 yards 10 TD's ... top prospect recruit for next season by; SDSU, BYU, IDAHO and UTAH Unv Utes.
 
Personal: American Samoa-Tutuila & Manu'a son of Asa & Lisa Pouvave ... two brothers ... cousin Homer Mauga plays for Idaho Unv Vandals & Justin Utopo plays football at Notre Dame ... enjoys engineering, race cars and home cooking ... full name is Marc Leui Pouvave (pronounced po-vah-vay) ... born Dec 1990.
 

L-R(Host parents: Lisa & Jeff Hutzler-Fiaalii JR & Parents: Fiaalii & Norma Togiaso-SAHC founder Rev. Benson Mauga in the back)
Photo by: son Homer Mauga.

 
Awards of the 6th Annual SAHC April 10, 2010
 

High School Athletes of the Year; (2009-2010)

Male Athlete: Rapi L.Sotoa - Sweetwater HS / Southwestern JC
SR, Football: RB / Track&Field
5' 9", 200lbs. National City, CA
 
Sweetwater HS: Max Preps Athlete ... GPA: 3.0 ... 2006 Freshmen Football Team MVP selection ... 2009 Varsity Football Team MVP ... 2009 All-South Bay League First Team "Offensive Player of the Year"...
Track & Field Team that took 1st place:42.25 on 4X100 meter relay for the Mesa League ... 2009 South Bay League finals 1st place on 4X100 meter relay ... Rapi's passion as an athletic player as football, baseball, Track & field earned him honors with trophies & medal ribbons as a player with a heart of a champion ...    
 
Personal: Rapi Logona Sotoa lll, is the youngest of four children of Rapi Logona Sotoa SR and Tautalafua L. Maluia of National City, CA & Nuu'uli, Am Samoa. Born and raised in National City, Ca, started playing sports in earlier age of six and still active as we sleep. He played baseball until he was fourteen, and was named to the All-star Team each year as with Las Palmas & Twin Hills Little Leagues. Founded track & field as another challenge while attending Ira Harbison Elementary School where he participated in the State Finals in 2002. Member of the Sweetwater HS Choir, Christian Club Younglife & local First Samoan Congregation Church in San Diego, CA. Also a performer with his Samoan Community & Taupou Dancer for the Pacific Islander Festival Activities. Plans to continue his education to the next level as Junior college and pursue a degree in Law Enforcement while playing sports...but he leans toward the Holy Spirit to lead his path...
 
Female Athlete: Abigail Leaupepe - Morse HS / Texas A&M
SR, Basketball: Forward / Center
6 footer, San Diego, CA
 
Morse HS: GPA:3.0 ... San Diego, CA standout athlete as Sophomore to Senior, starter varsity for the Tiger Basketball Team ... Averaged 13 to 20 points per game ... Tournament MVP selection Player of the Game ... Best ball-handler as on the defensive side blocking shots ... Max Preps Athletes in Basketball & Track ... Shot & Toss is among the best track athlete in San Diego County ... San Diego Union Tribune star Athlete article of the Week ... emerging female Samoan athletes of her age generation to the next level prospect ... All-San Diego Conference League...
 
Personal: The smarter and athletic of the Leaupepe family, daughter of Ropati & Matauaina Leaupepe-Tele. Keeping her goals and focus as eating healthy, to become the best Samoan female ever played the game of basketball level. Looking forward for another challenge in college level skills and that includes academic, but foremost her believes Jesus is Lord... 
 

JC Athletes of the Year; (2009-2010)

JC-MALE ATHLETE: Homer Mauga

LB / FB, 6-0, 220, Helix High School, La Mesa, Calif., / Grossmont College, El Cajon, Calif.

2009-2010: GPA 3.75, Region III All-California 1st-team linebacker ... JC Athletic Bureau All-Southern California 1st-team selection ... team won U.S. Bank Beach Bowl ... Southern California Football Association National Division Southern Conference 1st-team selection ... chosen to play in Triumphant Sports Junior College All-American All-star game ... team's Defensive MVP ... earned Athlete of the Week recognition after seven tackles and two sack — his 15th of the season, in Beach Bowl ... had 72 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss (minus 105 yards), seven quarterback hurries, and two interceptions ... Honoring San Diego's Scholar-Leader-Athletes Scholarship by the National Football Foundation and College Hall Of Fame 38th Annual.

Preps: Played for South team in Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic in summer of 2008 ... All-East County 1st-team ... As a senior at Helix High School earned Grossmont South League Defensive Player of the Year honors, 57 tackles, 15 sacks, and two touchdowns as a fullback short yardage run ... had 34 tackles, and two sacks as a sophomore at H-Town High School, which closed after his sophomore year ... Awarded Ironman as junior varsity at Helix HS, as a junior because of CIF transfer rules ... has five brothers — all of whom are San Diego County standout prep football stars.

Personal: Son of Benson & Mouna Mauga of American Samoa & San Diego, CA... Has five brothers; Benson Jr, Dallas, Rainbow, Magnum, & twin brother Hutch ... Chose to sign National letter of Intend with DI-Western Athletic Conference: 'VANDALS' IDAHO, University ... Majoring in Athletic Director

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JC-FEMALE ATHLETE: Melinda Sisa Fuimaono.
 
OUTSIDE HITTER / MIDDLE BLOCKER- 5' 11" Bonita Vista HS, / SO, Southwestern JC
 
2009-2010: GPA 3.56, Melinda currently enrolled at Southwestern College as a full time student
and athlete playing volleyball and basketball ... Selected Volleyball First Team All-Conference, and Player of the week in several games ... Crowned Princess for PIFA’s Miss Pacific Islander of San Diego 2009 Scholarship Pageant ... Also Melinda performs with Taupou Samoa Dance Troupe and in 2006 was crowned Miss Tausala of San Diego, CA.
Max Preps: San Diego Union Tribune volleyball star ... 2006-2007- Kills:90, Aces30, Total serves 193 ... Also a track star... 
 
Personal: Born August 1990 in Compton, CA. Daughter of Maiu'u & Sisa Fuimaono of San Diego, CA ... Christian family of 8, stand out brothers Howie & Star of Bonita Vista HS and then with the Mountain Western DI full scholarship with UNLV, but not forgotten their loving parents heart for their success in Academic & Athletic ... Competitors, sacrifice, and hardwork keep her motivated ...  
She been blessed with opportunity to learn more about her culture, language, traditions and pass on to the next generation youth princess ... involved in community and a volunteered at many events as a role model.  Melinda's hopes is to the next level of competitor in volleyball for a university and graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology.
 
Awards of the 5th Annual SAHC April 25, 2009

High School Athletes of the Year; (2008-2009)

Male Athlete- Levine To'ilolo (HTown/Helix HS) - Stanford
SR, 6'-8" 265lbs TE/DE La Mesa, CA
 
Helix Charter High School:
All-Grossmont South League offensive 1st-team ... All-East County 1st-team for both offense and defense ... San Diego Union Tribune-All League offensive 1st-team selection ... Cal Hi Sports Allstate team for offense ... Max Preps Allstate Division II 1st-team selection ... San Diego Hall of Champions selection ... Highly recruited Rivals.com / Scout.com four star top TE by the PAC-10 conference DI, but Stanford football HC Jim Harbaugh convinced him of the top 10-academic school in the nation ... Levine also a star athlete of the Helix HS Basketball CIF-Championship team ... Older sister Chasity full scholarship track and field athlete at the University of Utah 'UTES' of Mountain West conference DI ... Parent; Pastor Raymond and Trina Toilolo of San Diego, CA ... A National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship selection.
 
With a GPA 3.8, two-year Honor Roll and Dean's List student ... San Diego Union Tribune-All-Academic Team ... Participated member of the Fellowship of Christians Athletes (FCA) lead huddle, Gridiron and Samoan Athletes Heart of Champions Ministry (SAHC.) ... Stanford University inbound academic athlete and top tight end this fall...
 
Female Athlete- Janeh To'ilolo (Helix HS) - CSU Los Angeles
SR, Team Capt. Hockey GPA: 3.44 / SAT: 1310  Lemon Grove, CA
 
Helix Charter High School: Lead defender, starter four year Varsity Field Hockey ... First team All-League, 2nd-team All-CIF, All-East County, Team MVP selection.
San Diego Union Tribune three years All-Academic ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes-(FCA) student ... Interregional Sports.

Personal:
Challenging academics, field hockey, soccer, sports program, clubs organization, student social activities, active student body, diverse campus, to be in an environment where students care about their future and are goal oriented but desire to have a well rounded life.
Favorite Quote: Never let yesterdays disappointments overshadow tomorrow's dream ... Movie; Benchwarmer ... Music; R-n-B, hip hop, oldies, reggae ... Food: Mexican ... Book; The Lovely Bones ... Hobbies; Hanging out with friends, shopping, sports, scrap booking, playing with my dog, spending time with family ... My major- Forensics/Criminal Justice.
 
Female Athlete- Samantha Avii (Mar Vista HS)
SR, 5'-10" / 140lbs  GPA: 3.50  Imperial Beach, CA
 
High School Highlights;
2005-2006 First freshman played Varsity on the basketball team. Starting power forward and back up center. All Academic Team
 
2006-2007 As a sophomore, basketball team starting power forward/center and softball team backup pitcher and starting 1st base ... South Bay League Champions, 1st-Team All League ... All Academic Team.
 
2007-2008 On softball team; as a utility athlete-starting pitcher, 1st base, short stop, outfielder player ... All League 1st-team ... All-San Diego County CIF 1st-team ... San Diego Union Tribune Player to watch and Player of the Week-(March) ... San Diego County CIF Softball Pepsi Award selection ... A basketball starting power forward/center ... All San Diego County Academic Team in (both sports).
 
2008-2009 Lead senior on the basketball and softball teams. Starting pitcher, utility player, outfield, shortstop, first base ... Player of the Week-(April) ... All Academic basketball team.
 

JC Athlete of the Year; (2008-2009)

Male Athlete- Philip Yandall (Leone HS, AS) (SO-Southwestern JC) - Delta St.Unv
Position: OL
Height:
6-4
Weight: 295
Class: SO
Hometown: Leone, American Samoa
High School: Leone
Previous School: Southwestern (CC) - Delta St UNV

SOUTHWESTERN: Two-time NJCAA All-American and All-Conference selection at tackle for coach Ed Carberry and the Jaguars of Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif ... Helped Jaguars rebound from 3-7 season finish as a freshman to post a 7-3 mark as a sophomore … Graded at 90 percent or better all season ... Amongst team leaders in pancake and devastation blocks.
PREP: From the tiny small Island of American Samoa, out of Leone HS ... Four years letterman as both offensive & defensive … Starting offensive tackle and defensive tackle for the Leone 'Lions' HS Champion year ... American Samoan All-star selection team & Samoa Bowl All-star team.

PERSONAL: Born October of 1988 … Son of Michael Eric and Sinoanoa Yandall of Leone village of American Samoa … With heartfelt Thanks to all your prayers and support ... Opportunity to the next level as other son's of American Samoa success...
 

Female Athlete- (no selection, so 2-HS female selection)
Awards of the 4th Annual SAHC April 19, 2008

High School Athlete of the Year; (2007-2008)

Male Athlete- Homer Mauga (HTown/Helix HS) - Grossmont JC
Linebacker, 6-0, 224, Helix High School, La Mesa, Calif., Grossmont College,El Cajon, Calif.

High school: Played for South team in Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic in summer of 2008 ... All-East County 1st-team ... As a senior at Helix High School earned Grossmont South League Defensive Player of the Year honors, 57 tackles, 15 sacks, and two touchdowns as a fullback short yardage run ... had 34 tackles, and two sacks as a sophomore at H-Town High School, which closed after his sophomore year ... Awarded Ironman as played junior varsity at Helix as a junior because of transfer rules ... has five brothers — all of whom San Diego county standout prep football star.

Personal: Born as a twin (brother Hutch) in San Diego, CA ... son of Benson & Mouna Mauga ... Has five brothers; Benson Jr, Dallas, Rainbow, Magnum, & twin brother Hutch ... Chose Grossmont College JC to land a better DI scholarship ... Our rival is O'side HS, which scored the surprised first touchdown run ... Cousin Jr Seau gives competitors for the game ... But Troy Polamalu brings both Competitors & Spiritual gain ... Movie would be "TROY" ... Majoring in Athletic Director.
 

Female Athlete- Abigail Leaupepe (SO-Morse HS)
SO, 6' - Forward / Center  San Diego, CA
 
Morse HS-Tigers; Sophomore starting forward for the Morse HS Basketball Varsity team ... average 13 points and heart to play entire game ... Great defender as team best block shot ... Also a track star in discuss toss as the best in the San Diego Conference ... All-League team SoCAL ... MAX Preps athlete ... MVP award honored for the Kiwanis Tournament ... Three sister; Esther, Pricilla, & Faith and one only dearest brother Daniel the star of their family ... Parent: Pastor- Ropati & Matauaina Leaupepe-Tele of the First Samoan Assembly of God Church, San Diego, CA.
 
INSIGHT: Abigail shows potential as a rising star athlete ... Likewise, sometimes each of us may be called upon to serve on a project that does not necessarily require that we have a spiritual gift in that area ... she run the race with heart as to the finish line...  

Read more (Cal Hi Sports.com)
 

JC Athlete of the Year; (2007-2008)

Male Athlete- Magnum Mauga (Helix HS)(SO-Grossmont JC) - BYU/Utah St
SO, Team Captain / 290lbs / DT  El Cajon, CA
 
Grossmont College (JC): As a red shirt last fall, due of ACL knee surgery ... Magnum came back strong as the leader of the Grossmont Griffins in tackler and 2nd in sacks; registered 80 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions ... Player of the Week five times ... Honored as the Joe Roth Award recipient as the best JC college player in the San Diego County ... Also was named to the State All-California JC 1st-team and received All-Foothill Conference accolades ... inbound for BYU
 
Personal: Magnum majoring on a dual degree in interdisciplinary studies together with communications and psychology ... Football definitely runs in their genes ... Son of Rev. Benson & Mouna Mauga, Magnum is the 4th son of the Mauga boys ... Older brother Benson Jr last played with the Serra HS, Dallas & Rainbow played with the Sacramento State, younger twin brothers Hutch & Homer with Helix HS...
 
Female Athlete-(no selection inputs) 
Awards of the 3rd Annual SAHC May 05, 2007

High School Athletes of the Year; (2006-2007)

Male Athlete- Iosefa Noa (Helix HS) - Eastern Oregon Unv
SR, DE/DL, 6'- 2" 200lbs  Helix HS / H-Town HS  San Diego, CA
 
Prep Highlights: An aggressive pass-rushing at defensive end position ... Lettered 2 years; one under Helix High School Head Coach Donnie Van-Hook and one at H -Town High School with Head Coach Ray To'ilolo.
All League ... San Diego Hall of Champions selection ... All East County 2nd team...
Helped team highlanders to a 8-3 overall record and another Grossmont South League Champion.
Placed his team with ten sacks to go with 5 pass deflectors, and two interceptions, season 52 total tackles as a senior.
 
INSIGHT: My cherished plans may go astrays, My hopes may fade away; But still I'll trust my Lord to lead, For He doth know the way ... A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps...
 
Female Athlete- Mele Leasau (Helix HS) - Houston Baptist Unv

Helix High graduate MELE LEASAU, who ranked among the East County scoring leaders as a senior during the 2006-07 basketball season, has accepted a scholarship to play for Houston Baptist University. The Huskies gained NCAA Division I status two years ago.

Leasau, a 6-0 forward, had played the last two seasons for Midland College, a two-year school located in Midland, Texas. With the Lady Chaps, Leasau helped the school to a 30-2 record, ranked among the top five teams nationally in the NJCAA. She averaged 5.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game as a key reserve.

Leasau also received interest from Cleveland State and Lubbock Christian, but settled for Houston Baptist immediately following her on-campus visit.

"I had a lot of doubts about the school before visiting. But then I just said. 'Maybe I'll take a visit there to see how it is,' and when I went out there everything felt right," said Leasau. "The coaches were really welcoming and honest, and the girls there were very welcoming. I played with them and there was good chemistry."

Leasau noted because the Huskies' lost four of their post players, head coach Todd Buchanan is counting on her to provide solid leadership and experience next season. Houston Baptist went 8-20 this past season.
 

JC Athlete of the Year; (2006-2007)

Male Athlete- Preston Faletagaloa (Pearl City, HI)(SO-Grossmont JC)
SO, Guard / Tackle, 6-4, 298lbs Ewa Beach, HI
 
Grossmont College (JC); Contributed to the 2005-National & State Champions team ... starting Offensive Guard & Tackle of the Griffins ground protection ... Blocked in an offense that averaged more than 300 rushing yards per game and yielded only 7 sacks during the season ... Team won the Southern CAL Conference BOWL ... All-Conference honorable mention...
One of the Polynesian athlete invading the Griffins for opportunity to the next level ... From Pearl City HS, HI, rated one of the OIA best offensive guard ... Honored by the Honolulu Advertiser DIV II team ... Named & played for the Honolulu Star Bulletin OIA All-Star game ... Son of Faitala & Stephanie Faletagaloa of Aiea, HI
 
Personal; Local Island style life, is enjoying the beach and playing Ukulele as Island reggae music ... now the Local San Diego Island 'KAHI-LOFA' breezin music band ... Getting my associate degree and more option of life here as flavor to chose from ... as the Lord has a plan for me...
 
Female Athlete- Saga Noa (Helix HS)(SO-Palomar JC) - UH Hilo Unv
Sipau Lee-Noa  SO, Softball-Pitcher / Infield  San Diego, CA
 
Palomar 'Comets' (JC); All-Pacific Coast Conference Softball Team selections ... Player of the Year ... All-Southern Conference 1st-team as a freshman & Sophomore years ... seasonal Athlete of the Week & Honorable Mention of the Week ... Team MVP selection...
Helix HS; All-League team ... All-East County 1st-team ... Earned Grossmont South League Player of the Year recognition ... 2005-San Diego Prep Sports Athlete ... Stood out on a team that finished 9-18 overall and failed to qualify for the section playoffs... 
 
INSIGHT: When we live with trust, we please our Parents and God above, and influence our relationship with truthfulness and love ... thank you coaches for trusting and believing in me.
 
Awards starts in the 2nd Annual SAHC April 22, 2005

High School Athletes of the Year; (2005-2006)

Male Athlete- Star Fuimaono (Bonita HS) - UNLV
Team Captain, LB - 6'-1" 240lbs  Bonita Vista, CA
 
Bonita Vista HS; San Diego County high school top linebacker and a lone Samoan Athlete standout 2005-2006 season ... A role model leader and a team captain for the Bonita Vista HS football program as competitors with the top San Diego, CA DIV-I level ... Earned All-CIF honors both in his JR & SR year ... Selected as the league & team Defensive MVP award ... Three brothers and two sisters ... Older brothers Howie & Mark also standout athletes that move on to DI-Mountain West Conference ... SCCSD 2006-recipient of Coach James Saludares scholarship as an Outstanding Academic/Athlete ... Son of Maiu'u & Sisa Fuimaono of San Diego, CA.
 
INSIGHT: Star Fuimaono role model displayed by his first name; no slacking ... as tempted to lose patience with another, think how patient God has been with us ... Star is looking forward of joining his older brothers at UNLV if offer available for his talent...  
 
Female Athlete- Diana Leasau (Helix HS) - Cal St./Houston Baptist Unv
SR, Guard, 5-8  Helix HS / Cal St. Dominguez / Houston Baptist University
 
Helix Charter HS; FCA huddle leader and Led the Highlanders to back-to-back runner-up league finishes her junior and senior years ... Garnered 1st-Team and 2nd-Team All-CIF honors, as well as 1st-Team and 2nd-Team All-Grossmont South League honors ... Lists scoring 37 points as her personal prep best.
 
Personal: Born in San Diego, CA ... Daughter of Lowe and Leemo Leasau ... Has five siblings, Mele, Sinoi, Rudy, Rueben, and Jesse ... Chose CSUDH to be close to family ... Was also recruited by San Diego Christian College ... Lists beating Mt. Miguel her senior year as her biggest athletic thrill to date ... Aspires to one day be an athletic trainer ... Would most like to meet Carmello Anthony and lists her grandparents as the people she most admires ... Favorites also include movie "Diary of a Mad Black Women" and TV show "Flavor of Love" ... Majoring in kinesiology. 
 

JC Athletes of the Year; (2005-2006)

Male Athlete- Magnum Mauga (Helix HS)(FR-Grossmont JC)

FR, 6'- 0" / 250lbs  El Cajon, CA

 Grossmont College (JC): Current enrolled at Grossmont ... FCA huddle President ... San Diego Union Tribune local star athlete out of Helix HS ... Advance to 3-CIF championship ... Listed the top state 50 state linebacker ... Honored by the Sprint Factory All-America team 2002 as a sophomore ... All-East County 1st-team ...All-Grossmont South League 1st-team ... In 2005 a starter freshman for the Grossmont Griffins as a: MLB / DT / FB / TE ... Contributed to the 2005 National / State Champions ... Team freshman MVP Defensive Lineman...

Magnum was named after the Honolulu TV star show; Magnum PI, born in Honolulu 1986 on Easter week ... Found Jesus as his Lord & Savior in 2002, baptized by Pastor Sam Calhoun in 2004 at Windsor Hills Community Church..

 

Female Athlete- Pricilla Leaupepe (Morse HS)(SO-Cuyamaca JC)
 
Position: Outside Hitter / Middle blocker
Height: 6- 0
Class: SO
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Previous School: Morse High School
 
2005-2006 (Sophomore): Appeared in 31 matches as a lead starter … recorded a season-high four kills against rival Palomar comets ... started the first match of her career against Mesa College where she had two kills, two digs and three blocks ... had four kills and one block against Southwestern College had four kills in two sets against Victor Valley ... had two kills and four blocks in one set against Chaffey.

Prep: Played two seasons at Morse HS, Calif. … helped Tiger's reach the peak of competitors…named Conference Honorable Mention team ... named Player of the Week ... recorded 5 or more kills 7 times through out the season ... she recorded five kills on 31 attempts, for a .290 hitting percentage, with a season high five digs against top DIV-I Southern Cal high schools … finished her season with 55 kills in her first ever post season appearance in high school tournament ... played in 44 sets while averaging 2.39 kills, 0.65 blocks, and a .195 attack percentage as a junior ... in her senior season she accumulated 62 kills, 17 blocks, and 15 digs ... a two-year letterwinner in volleyball.

 
Personal: Born in Santa Clara, Calif. … has three sisters and one dear brother … parents are Ropati of Western Samoa and Matauaina of Aoa, American Samoa. Pastor of the First Samoan Assembly of God, San Diego, CA.
 

Samoan Athletes  Heart of Champions

SAHC 5th Annual Program highlights 4/29/2009 

Host Opening: Deacon/Youth Pastor- Benson Mauga founder of SAHC Ministry
Welcome Opening Prayer: Pastor Sam Calhoun / Windsor Hills Community Church
Opening Celebration by: First Samoan AOG Youth…
Leader: Wesley & Eseta Lutu / Pastor: R. Leaupepe
 
INVOCATION: Former NFL 1st rd draft ‘99’ Bengals- Akili Smith, QB/Coach
COACH Speaker: Lenny Faaola / Word of Life
SPECIAL Guest(s
): Youth group(s);Testimony or Play Action Song…
FEATURED Speaker
: Pastor: Ulalei Tausaga /First Samoan Independent Full Gospel…  
SAHC Presentation by: Benson Mauga
SAHC Seniors: L. Toilolo, E. Faamaile, OJ Auimatagi, I. Osoimalo, T. Tutogi, J. Toilolo, S. Avii …and more C/O 2008
SAHC Theme Song By: Benson & Mouna Mauga / Poulima Su’esu’e / Kitiona Leasau; organ piano

BENEDICTION
: Pastor Joseph Leasau (1st Samoan AOG)
Closing Celebration by- “No Limit Soldiers For Christ Youth.” 

 

 
 
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