Mililani’s loss is Las Vegas’ gain.
Dahlis Sablay, the Lady Trojans’ Star-Advertiser All-State selection, will attend school there as a senior. Her mother, Jasmine, and brother, Jett, moved up last week. Dahlis and her father, Demo, will depart this weekend.
Her future school is still a question mark. For now, the family is in the South Point area, where Jasmine Sablay’s parents have lived for 21 years.
“It’s different from back home. You have to be from the right zone (district) area. We just want to be close to my parents,” Jasmine Sablay said.
The school in that zone is Liberty. The reasons for moving are multiple. The biggest is Jasmine’s health.
“There are opportunities for the children, cutting the cost of expenses when we travel, and the cost of living,” she said. “I just got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on April 5. There’s better treatment on the mainland.”
Dahlis did not comment about the move, but remains busy with training and tournaments. The 5-foot-2 point guard averaged 11 points per game, running the offense for Mililani since freshman year. The Lady Trojans were unbeaten in the OIA West. Sablay was voted No. 12 in the All-State Fab 15.
“Dahlis is a little sad about things. It’s hard, her senior year, leaving all her friends. But we talked. Me and my husband understand, but as your parents, we’re making the best choices for you and your brother,” Jasmine said. “She’s enjoying her summer.”
Sablay has a 3.7 grade-point average, mom added.
“She was working three jobs as a classroom cleaner, referee, and at Pearlridge. Then she’d come home and go to practice. She’s learning to manage her time because that’s what college is going to be like,” Jasmine said.
On Monday, Sablay will meet with a coach from Southern Oregon University. She will meet up with 808 Basketball Club on Tuesday, and they will play in the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon. The following week, 808 will play in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Chicago.
It is also a big change for Jett, 13, who played football for the All-Black Crusaders. Having more support from grandparents as Jasmine gets treatment is crucial.
“I’ll be starting my treatment here in August. They want me to do an infusion. I’m very inflamed, my left side very weak. Very forgetful, stutter a lot. I’m still mobile, but sometimes I get up and I can’t walk. But I trust in God that everything’s going to be OK,” she said. “You would never think it would happen. I have to be active with Dahlis and my younger son. I have to push myself. I can be down for three or four days, then I’m back up for one.”