Family tradition continues
Mike Feifel/TIMES NEWS Lehighton's Jordyn Homyak receives presents shortly after reaching the 1,000-point mark earlier this season.
At a very young age, Jordyn Homyak knew she loved basketball.
That's not surprising.
Because from the time she was an infant, Jordyn was attending her sisters basketball games.
Older sisters Brianne, Jessica and Jill all had successful basketball careers at Marian High School and Jordyn saw almost every game.
Part of her earliest memories of those games came when Brianne, the oldest of the Homyak sisters, scored the 1,000th point of her high school career.
Fourteen years after witnessing her sister reach that milestone, Jordyn achieved it herself.
Jordyn, a Lehighton High School senior, topped the 1,000-point mark on Jan. 8 when the Indians defeated Panther Valley. She currently has 1,213 career points.
"I feel fortunate," said Homyak. "All of my sisters played basketball and watching them play definitely helped me as a player. I learned a lot about the sport watching their games.
"As I got older, I also benefitted from having them work with me and play against me. They were all really good players so working with them helped me develop my skills."
Jordyn even had a reminder of when Brianne scored her 1,000th point to provide a little extra motivation.
"I have a picture of me standing next to Brianne that ran in the newspaper after they did a story on her," said Jordyn. "I was only three or four years old at the time, but I remember thinking that someday I wanted to score 1,000 points as well.
"That thought of wanting to someday score 1,000 points stayed with me when I was young and watching my sisters play," said Homyak. "But then when I started playing organized ball myself, my primary concern was just winning games. The points just kind of happened. I really didn't think about it until I got close."
A four-year starter for the Indians, it was obvious early in her career that Homyak had the talent and work ethic to achieve something that only five other girls basketball players in Lehighton High School history have accomplished.
After scoring nearly 200 points as a freshman, Homayk topped the 300 point mark in both her sophomore and junior years. She entered this season needing just 129 points to hit the milestone.
"Jordyn is the perfect combination of talent and hard work," said Lehighton coach Tony Thomas. "She's a tremendous role model for the younger players in the program.
"Since her freshman year, she has had to be one of the team leaders and she has done an amazing job in that role."
Homyak's versatility on the court might be her biggest strength.
She is currently averaging a shade under 17 points a game and is among the area leaders in scoring, three-point shooting and free throw percentage. She is equally as dangerous with her perimeter jumper as she is driving to the basket.
"I think the area that I've improved the most offensively during my career is my ability to take the ball to the basket," said Homyak. "I've worked on my ballhandling and I've tried to take advantage of my speed to go around the defender instead of settling for jump shots."
Thomas said Homyak's versatility is what makes her such an outstanding player.
"Jordyn has a great first step to the basket," said Thomas. "That creates a lot of problems for defenders because if they back off of her, she can also shoot the three."
With all the individual success she has enjoyed, Homyak's biggest disappointment has been the lack of team success the Indians have experienced. They have already been eliminated from District 11 playoff contention this season.
"I'm happy with how I've developed as a player during my career," said Homyak. "The down side is that we only qualifed for districts my sophomore year. I would have loved for our team to have had a little more success. But I've really enjoyed my teammates and my coaches and overall I'm proud of what I have accomplished."