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Team tennis semifinal matchups set

Honesdale dropped out of the District 2 Class 2A boys tennis team tournament, following COVID-19 protocols, sending Wyoming Seminary into the semifinals and eliminating what may have been the most intriguing matchup of the quarterfinals.

The other two Class 2A quarterfinals were played Tuesday with top-seeded Scranton Prep defeating Wyoming Area, 3-1, and Dunmore getting past Holy Redeemer, 4-1.

Those results set up a semifinal round that includes the top three seeds and fifth-seeded Wyoming Seminary, teams that fared well against their larger school counterparts during league competition and arrive at the final four with a combined record of 43-4.

A potential meeting of unbeaten league champions awaits late Thursday afternoon at Kirby Park.

First, however, Scranton Prep must get past Wyoming Seminary and Dallas must defeat Dunmore. The semifinals are set for Thursday at 1 p.m. at Kirby Park, 24 hours after originally scheduled. They were postponed Wednesday because of rain.

Lackawanna League champion Scranton Prep dominated the top two singles spots and pulled out a win at first doubles to advance to the semifinals.

Matt Tressler and Ethan Borick won their singles matches by 6-2, 6-0 scores.

Will Aldrich-Gavin Bednarz rallied past Anthony Nelson-Charles Alfano, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Wyoming Area took the second doubles match with a 6-0, 6-1 win by Nick Winsock-Gabe Cable.

With the team winner decided the third singles match was not completed. Scranton Prep’s James Cawley had won the first seed, 6-4, but Wyoming Area’s Jacob Nelson was winning 4-3 in the second set.

Dunmore advanced with singles wins by Billy Portanova and Nicky Chiaro and doubles wins by the teams of Louis Hanni-Aden King and Calvin Zhang-Tommy Pavlowski.

North Pocono pulled off the only upset of the quarterfinal round when the sixth-seeded Trojans edged third-seeded West Scranton, 3-2, in one of two Class 3A semifinals played Tuesday.

Delaware Valley defeated Wallenpaupack, 4-1, in the other.

The Thursday Class 3A semifinals have Delaware Valley going against Abington Heights and North Pocono against Crestwood.

Abington Heights and Crestwood enter the semifinals with just one loss each.

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