KINGSTON — Pittston Area junior Jason Homschek was the only Greater Pittston athlete to earn a win at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 Championships held at Wilkes University and Kirby Park on Thursday.
Also competing were Pittston Area senior Johnathon Durling, along with Wyoming Area’s Justin Alder and Aaron Lewis. Durling was knocked out in the Class AAA second round after receiving a bye in the draw, while Alder and Lewis were eliminated in the Class AA first round.
It was Homschek who came out firing Thursday.
Playing mostly No. 1 or No. 2 this season, along with Durling, the Patriot junior was matched up against Jacob Kuna of Coughlin in the first round. Homschek quickly squeezed past Kuna, 6-4, 6-2.
“Jason did phenomenal job in the first round,” Pittston Area coach Amanda Carmody said. “We needed a warmup round and it ended up working for him. We were super proud we got to round two.”
Homschek was then tasked with getting past Wallenpaupack’s David Deutsch, who was the six-seed in Class AAA.
Deutsch struggled early against the Pittston Area junior. However, Homschek had a difficult time getting his serve in play. Homschek had a chance to win the first set, eventually falling to the Wallenpaupack player, 7-6, on a tiebreak. The set went to two deuce points, and Deutsch came out on top.
“Jason just came out and he was down, but then he caught fire,” Carmody said. “He was really neck and neck and really close. As we watched you could see that he was moving well.”
The steam was taken out of Homschek. Deutsch eliminated Homschek with a final set win of 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
“He definitely gave that kid a run for his money,” Carmody said.
Carmody said Durling played a good match, and coaches from other teams were impressed with his style. She didn’t know much about either of her players’ opponents Thursday, but she said Durling did a nice job against the Williamsport’s Lucas Radulski, who was seeded fifth.
Durling fell to Radulski, 6-2, 6-1.
“Johnathon hung in there against the Williamsport kid,” Carmody said. “He didn’t play bad, but he could have played better. He did really well and it was nice to watch.”
Both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area will compete in the doubles portion of the district championships Wednesday, May 18 at Kirby Park. The first three rounds are held Wednesday, while the semifinals and finals are held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19.
Durling and Homschek will be playing in the doubles portion of the district championships next week.
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