Koch Team Leads Maxi Championships

Skipper Bill Koch and a team that includes several of Koch’s America-3 crew members is leading the Maxi World Championships in Sardinia, Italy, after the fourth race in the five-race series concluded Tuesday. There are five maxis entered.

Koch’s Matador-2 took three firsts and one third, with the remaining leg to be in St. Tropez, France. Koch was the winning skipper of the 1990 maxi championships.

Michael Fay has announced that Steinlager, Toyota and the New Zealand Apple & Pear Marketing Board have joined New Zealand as sponsors in its 1992 America’s Cup challenge. Fay, chairman of the New Zealand Challenge, made the announcement from Auckland, New Zealand.

Steinlager was a sponsor for Kiwi Peter Blake when he sailed the Whitbread Around the World race last year. Blake is part of the New Zealand syndicate.



In an inspired performance, San Diego State defender Dan LaFond came off the bench and scored two second-half goals in the Aztecs’ 2-1 nonconference victory over Cal Lutheran at SDSU.

Willie Ruiz scored on an assist by Jeff Popour at 15:50 to open the scoring, then LaFond, a transfer who played at Cal Lutheran last season, scored at 70:35 and again at 73:50. Both were unassisted. SDSU is 3-0; Cal Lutheran is 1-0.

Paul Gelvezon scored the first four goals of the match, and Sean Pinnell added three more in the second half as the University of San Diego routed Point Loma Nazarene, 8-0, at Torero Stadium. USD had not had a hat trick in three years.


Chugger Adair had three assists, and sophomore goalie Scott Gerlack, starting in place of Tom Tate, collected his second career shutout. The Toreros, ranked 15th by Soccer America, outshot PLNC, 27-1.

USD, which plays SDSU on Saturday, improved to 2-0. PLNC is 0-2.


San Diego’s Karolyn Kirby, 30, was named Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year by the Women’s Professional Beach Volleyball Assn. at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles.


Kirby and partner Angela Rock, of Solana Beach, won 12 of 17 stops in this year’s tour, and won $67,815 each. Rock was named best hitter and Kirby also took home honors as the top setter.

The University of San Diego (5-2) plays Point Loma Nazarene (6-4) at 3 p.m., and San Diego State (4-2) takes on UC San Diego (2-0) at 5 in the opening round of the San Diego City Championship women’s tournament today at the USD Sports Center.

The two winners meet for the championship at 7 p.m.