Harwinton — Old Saybrook High School scored lower than 19 high school golf teams at the CIAC Division IV state tournament.
The Rams just couldn't beat top-seeded Northwest Catholic of West Hartford.
Still, they left Fairview Farms on Tuesday feeling very satisfied with second place, the program's best finish since the mid 1970s.
"We're certainly pleased to move up and come in second instead of third," Old Saybrook coach Tim Arsenault said. "We snuck a little closer to them than expected. The kids played pretty well.
"... We were in the mix for a little while. It was kind of exciting."
Old Saybrook totaled 320 strokes, seven strokes behind NW Catholic. Morgan of Clinton placed third with 324.
Senior Jack Ayers led the Rams, tying for third with a 75. He also earned all-state honors. NW Catholic's Brian Butler was the medalist with a 72.
Andy Heckler (80), Matt Cummins (80) and J.T. Giegerich (85) also competed for Old Saybrook. Ayers qualified to compete in the New England tournament on June 18 in Keene, N.H.
Junior Matti Fuller had the low score for Old Lyme, which tied for 10th with a 353. Fuller, who made all-state, shot an 81. Teammate Travis Russell fired an 82.
"I'm pleased with my top two (golfers)," Old Lyme coach Kirk Kaczor said. "The other guys struggled a little bit. I can't be too disappointed. They went out there and tried."
• Old Lyme's Morgan White, the No. 3 seed, advanced to the Class S singles semifinals with a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 11 Kyle Peterson of Valley Regional in the quarterfinals.
White will face No. 2 Chris Waung of East Catholic in the semifinals today at Yale University in New Haven.
Waung beat No. 7 Jack Rothman of Old Saybrook, 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.
Also on Tuesday, Rothman rallied to beat No. 10 Jonathan Lipsitz of Weston, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 in the third round.
• Waterford's Dana Aing, the seventh seed, was ousted in the quarterfinals of the Class M tournament by No. 2 Sam Aronson of Avon 6-0, 6-0. Aing finished his four-year carer with a 60-10 singles record.
• UConn's LJ Mazzilli and Scott Oberg were selected in day two of Major League Baseball's amateur draft. Mazzilli, a second baseman, was taken in the ninth round by the Minnesota Twins while Oberg, a right-handed pitcher and the Huskies' closer, went in the 15th round to the Colorado Rockies.
• Coast Guard Academy senior Sarah Jane Otey has been named a first team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, earning a spot on the the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division III men's and women's at-large team. The at-large program includes the sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis and water polo.
Otey, a Marine & Environmental Science major with a 3.97 GPA, helped Coast Guard earn a berth in the NCAA Division III Rowing Championship while earning a spot on the All-Academic first team. She was the winner of the NCAA Elite 89 Award, earned second team College Rowing Coaches Association All-American honors and was recently selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
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• Slater Gregory pitched a shutout and struck out seven as East Lyme defeated Mystic 24-0. Nolan Perron had three hits and five RBI for East Lyme while Phil Cohen had four hits and scored twice.
H.S. girls' lacrosse
• Third-seeded Weston ended No. 11 Old Lyme's season on Monday with an 14-3 victory over the Wildcats in the Class S quarterfinals. Liz Scott had a goal and an assist for Old Lyme, which finished its season 10-8, while Reba Gagne and Brooke Tinnerello each added a goal and goalie Meridith Britton had five saves.