KSK’s Yam posts top-10 score at The Opening

Kamehameha’s Thomas Yam rushed for one of his two touchdowns in a win over ‘Iolani during Yam’s junior season with the Warriors. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha quarterback Thomas Yam finished with one of the top 10 unofficial Nike football ratings at The Opening in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday.

Yam, who was measured at 6-foot-1 and 194 pounds, received a score of 108.90 which was the highest of any quarterback at the regional football showcase held at De Anza High School.

Participants are tested in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 20-yard shuttle run and kneeling power ball throw.

Yam has battled injuries, including a broken collarbone, during his two seasons with the Warriors heading into his senior year. For his career, Yam has accounted for 26 touchdowns (16 passing, 10 rushing) and 2,138 passing yards.

A list of the top 29 finishers at the Oakland regional included four players from Hawaii. Yam’s Kamehameha teammate, defensive back Tiger Peterson, finished at No. 20 overall with a score of 104.01. Right behind him was Saint Louis defensive back Kai Kaneshiro (103.86) at No. 21 and Crusaders receiver Jonah Panoke finished No. 28 with a 100.50.

Kapolei’s Kukea Emmsley was named the defensive line most valuable player of the regional.

No player from Hawaii has been named yet to the 166-player finals of The Opening to be held June 28-July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.


  1. HI808 May 23, 2017 12:26 pm

    Nice, congrats. Didn’t realize Yam had one more year to play.

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