Kapolei junior Jalen Miller had his temporary restraining order extended on Tuesday, allowing him to practice and play for the team until his suit is heard on Dec. 11.
Miller’s family recently sued schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto and the Oahu Interscholastic Association over the league’s transfer rule. He played basketball for Mililani last year under a geographic exception when his father worked in that community. The Millers claim that Earl Miller’s employer, BAYADA Home Health Care, has since transferred him to the company’s Leeward district office and can no longer transport his son to Mililani.
Miller’s home district is Kapolei.
Jalen’s parents filed their lawsuit Nov. 2 seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block the OIA from enforcing the one-year ban. State Circuit Judge Dean Ochiai issued a TRO, which was set to expire Tuesday, the day he had scheduled a hearing for a preliminary injunction.
After meeting privately with lawyers for both sides, Ochiai rescheduled the injunction hearing to Dec. 11 and extended his TRO to that date. Until then Jalen is free to practice with his Kapolei teammates and play in preseason games.
Miller is eligible to play for the Hurricanes in the McKinley Black and Gold Classic beginning Nov. 14 and he will learn his fate for his junior year before the Hurricanes play in the Iolani Classic beginning Dec. 16. The OIA boys basketball regular season starts Dec. 23.
The OIA’s transfer rule was enacted in 2015 and this is the first challenge to it.