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Ex-Stanford men's soccer coach Sam Koch passes away

Former Stanford men's soccer coach Sam Koch, who guided the Cardinal to a 58-53-16 record from 1984-89, has died after a two-year battle with sinus cancer. He was 59.

Koch guided the Massachusetts men's soccer team to a berth in the 2007 College Cup and guided the Minutemen to a 222-182-45 records in 23 seasons at UMass.

The university said in a statement that Koch died Sunday at his Hadley home.

Koch won four regular-season Atlantic 10 Conference titles and two A-10 tournament championships, reaching the NCAA tournament three times.

In 2007, the unranked Minutemen won four consecutive games, including 2-1 over No. 1 Boston College, to reach the tournament's final four, before losing 1-0 to Ohio State in the semifinals.

He is survived by his wife and four children.

Women's golf

Gunn High senior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto was tied for 16th after an opening round of 72 at the USGA Junior Amateur Championship at the par-72 Forest Highlands Golf Club (Meadow Course) on Monday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Zhou was six strokes behind first-round leader Angel Yin of Arcadia.

Tennis

Local seniors will have the chance to compete in the USTA NorCal Mid-Pen Senior Championships, set for the Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club in Palo Alto on Aug. 11-17.

The tournament offers daytime events for men and women ages 45-90. Players may enter up to three events, and spectators are welcome to attend the events free of charge.

Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club has sponsored the event for over 45 years, and has established the event as an opportunity for both seasoned and amateur players to participate in a USTA elimination tournament.

The annual event attracts players throughout California's northern and central counties. Henry Kamakana, Foothill's long-standing head pro, is the tournament director.

For details about participating or attending this and other tennis events at Foothills Tennis and Swimming Club, go to or contact Foothills tennis director, Henry Kamakana at tennis@foothills-club.org.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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