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Amis is the first “King of the Beach”

The season hasn’t even started yet, and the Hawaii basketball team already has its first award winner.

Senior forward Bill Amis was crowned the program’s first “King of the Beach” on Oct. 9 at Waikiki Beach.

All of the players on the roster competed in a series of 15 unique events on the beach, and Amis compiled the most points. He edged fellow senior Hiram Thompson by one point in the final tally.

Among the events were a beach sprint, a 12-pound-ball toss, long jump, bear crawl, push ups and sit ups.

Head coach Gib Arnold said the King of the Beach competition was a fun way to end the team’s preseason conditioning program, which included several grueling 6 a.m. workouts on the beach.

“Usually we’re not smiling after a beach workout,” Amis said.

Amis received a koa bowl, and Arnold said it will become a perpetual trophy to be displayed in the team locker room.

“It was really close, so I’m glad a senior won it,” Arnold said. “The main thing was to give the guys a fun day, but to work them out at the same time, and we did both.”

Final standings

  1. Bill Amis
  2. Hiram Thompson
  3. Zane Johnson
  4. Pi’i Minns
  5. Josten Thomas


  1. Great job, Dayton. This is an awesome site. Finally got around to watching all the videos. Guess those video training sessions at the Tiser paid off, huh? Keep it up. I’ll be checking in throughout the season.

  2. Thanks cym. And yes, thanks to The Advertiser for the video training (and the equipment).

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