Stonington - For the second straight year, the Eastern Connecticut Conference girls' singles title will have an all-Stonington High School flavor.
A year after losing to her sister Emilie in the title match, junior Annika Burgess will face teammate Chloe Slater for the ECC championship this morning at 11 on their home court.
Burgess, the top seed, cruised to wins over No. 8 Sherry Yang of East Lyme (6-0, 6-1) and No. 13 Melinda Li of East Lyme (6-3, 6-1), while the third-seeded Slater beat No. 6 Evelyn Luner of Waterford in the quarterfinals (6-0, 6-2) before surprising No. 2 Joan Li of East Lyme in the semifinals, 7-6 (5), 6-0.
Seeding held form in doubles where No. 1 Katie Hudson and Casey Corrado of Waterford and No. 2 Liz Miller and Katherine Wu of East Lyme advanced to today's 11 a.m. final with straight set semifinal wins - Hudson-Corrado beating Lyman Memorial's Michelle Valliere-Maggie Tarbox (6-1, 6-4) and Miller-Wu eliminating Waterford's Jessica Hudson-Katie Lewis (6-3, 6-4).
In other girls' tennis news:
• Old Saybrook's Christie DeAntonis, the No. 3 seed, and teammate Daniela Palomeque advanced to the semfiinals of the 3-4 singles bracket at the Shoreline Conference tournament. The semifinals will take place today at Haddam-Killingworth.
• Top-seeded Andy King of East Lyme soared into the ECC tournament singles final with a pair of straight-set victories, but the senior will have to wait until Tuesday to find out his opponent.
King, who won the tournament in 2010, beat No. 8 Chris Renaud of St. Bernard in the quarters (6-1, 6-0) and No. 4 Eric Sun of Ledyard in the semis (6-1, 6-3).
He will play either No. 2 J.P Precourt of Norwich Free Academy or No. 6 Suryansh Patel of of East Lyme for the title at New London.
Those two will meet on Tuesday at noon with the final to follow at 4 p.m.
In doubles, top-seeded Tucker Murphy and Brett Pias of Waterford advance to Tuesday's final (also at 4) with a pair of straight set wins and the No. 6 team of Woodstock Academy's Chris Lowry and Greg Meade, who upset No. 3 David Beaulieu and Gowtham Yenduri of East Lyme in the quarters and then ousted No. 2 Tim Hennessey and Kyle Barrett of Lyman in the semis.
• Lauren Tasco hit a solo home run and pitcher Alexis Trabucchi scattered eight hits as sixth-seeded Old Saybrook upset No. 3 North Branford 6-3 in the Shoreline Conference tournament quarterfinals.
The Rams (11-10), who lost to North Branford 6-0 during the regular season, will play at No. 2 Haddam-Killingworth in today's semifinals at 11 a.m. The final is Sunday at Westbrook at 2 p.m.
Tascoe's home run came in the second and helped Old Saybrook build an early 3-0 lead. She finished with two hits while Mary Kate Morrison added two hits, an RBI and a run scored and Nora McNeil was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
• Old Lyme has qualified three boats for today's New England championships in Worcester, Mass. The Wildcats will be represented by their girls' first and second varsity four boats while the boys will send their first varsity four boat. More than 30 public and private schools will compete.
Men's track and field
• Coast Guard Academy sophomore Adam Scalesse posted the second fastest time in the preliminary round of the 110-meter high hurdles (14.26 seconds), breaking his own school record in the process, to advance to today's final at the NCAA Division III Championships in Clarement, Calif. The final is today at 5:10 p.m.
He joins teammate Trevor Siperak and Connecticut College's Mike LeDuc, who both earned spots in the 3,000 steeplechase finals during qualifying late Thursday.
Siperek, a senior, won his heat in 9:13.05, the third best overall time in the meet. LeDuc, a sophomore, placed third in his heat in 9:13.78. The steeplechase final is today at 6:25 p.m.
• Connecticut College senior defender Clay Hillyer and junior midfielder John Lyons were honorable mention picks to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America team.
Hillyer had 30 ground balls to go along with 17 caused turnovers in making the team for the second straight year while Lyons had 33 goals and 15 assists.