Published May 24. 2013 4:00AM
Old Lyme - Morgan White finished his Shoreline Conference boys' tennis season the same way he did the previous two seasons - as champion.
White beat Kyle Peterson of Valley Regional 7-5, 6-4 to win the Shoreline singles championship Thursday at Old Lyme High School.
White and Peterson, who are both seniors, have spent four years at their respective schools competing against one another. White beat Peterson in three sets earlier this season.
"Both raised the level of play in the Shoreline tremendously," Wildcats' coach John Pfieffer said. "It's too bad to see them move on."
White now has his sights set on an elusive CIAC Class S title. He's lost in the final the last two springs.
"Morgan has made my job as a coach easier," Pfieffer said. "He set a tremendous example for all the kids that are in the program."
• Defending champion Annika Burgess of Stonington advanced to the singles final of the 2013 Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 5 Nisha Rajamohan of Waterford. Burgess, a senior and the No. 1 seed, will play No. 2 Joan Li of East Lyme, a 6-1, 6-3 semifinal winner of No. 3 Chloe Slater of Stonington. Burgess and Li split a pair of matches during the regular season.
In doubles, top two seeded teams also won their semifinal matches. No. 1 Hannah Fabianski and Emily Buxton of Stonington defeated No. 13 Harley Blodgett and Sarah Owen of Woodstock Academy 6-1, 6-2 while the No. 2 team of Waterford's Jessica Hudson and Katie Lewis ousted No. 6 Emily Gardiner and Meg Rolf of Stonington 6-2, 7-4.
Both championship matches are scheduled for today at 3 p.m. at Stonington High School, but will be moved inside to Mystic Indoor Tennis if it rains.
• Cheney Tech defeated Norwich Tech 201-209 in the Constitution State Conference East. Alex Valdes earned medalist honors for the Warriors (8-7, 8-7) with a 44.
• Norwich Free Academy's Katie Strickland shot a 50 to earne medalist honors on her home Mohegan Sun CC course, but the Wildcats lost a tri-match to Woodstock Academy and Hand. Woodstock won with 229 strokes followed by Hand with 237 and NFA with 247.
College track and field
• Coast Guard Academy's Ben Wolhaupter earned All-America honors by placing eighth in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III outdoor track and field championship at Wisconsin-La Crosse. Wolhaupter, who was seeded 12th, cleared 15 feet, 7 inches.
Connecticut College junior Michael LeDuc won his heat with a time of 9:05.10 and placed second overall in the preliminaries of the 3,000 meter steeplechase. LeDuc advanced to Saturday's final. He will also run in the 5,000.
While LeDuc qualified for the final, a pair of Coast Guard Academy athletes fell short.
Adam Scalesse, who is the top-ranked 110-meter hurdler in the meet, just missed out on earning a spot in the 400 hurdles, finishing in 53.19 and just missing the finals by 0.29 seconds. Scalesse will run in the preliminaries of his speciality today.
Meanwhile, Beth Gollin was 16th overall in the field of 22 runners in the women's 3,000 steeplechase, breaking her own school record with a time of 11:01.15.
In addition, the Bears' Clay Kosack is in 16th place after day one of the decathlon.
He ran a personal bests in the 100 (11.29) and 400 (50.26) and has 3,177 points heading into the final day of competition. Eric Larson of Central (Ia.) leads with 3,744 points.
• Esh's scored five runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Pirates 7-4 in an ECML game played Wednesday night.
Max Hart and Yohendy Gonzalez each had two hits and two RBI for Esh's (4-1) while Kenny Olszewski doubled for the Pirates (3-2).