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IN HIS ELEMENT: Beckman swim coach Ed French, shown here with standout Charlie Rimkus, was known for his expertise and passion for the aquatic sports.

Notebook: Beckman coach French, 58, dies

Notebook: Beckman coach French, 58, dies

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Weekend wrestling tournament info; Orange Lutheran's Davis signs.

Beckman High assistant boys swimming coach Ed French, 58, died Thursday of complications from a stem-cell transplant, his son, Jake, said in an e-mail.

French's transplant was treatment for multiple myeloma, a type of cancer.

French worked closely the past two seasons with standout Charlie Rimkus. French also helped coach Beckman’s boys and girls water polo teams.


“His experience, his passion for them (aquatics sports), were tremendous,” Beckman aquatics coach Peter Muller said. “He loved the kids.”

French also was an assistant swim coach for the Irvine Novaquatics club from 1981-89. Among the swimmers he coached was Olympian Jason Lezak.

French is survived by his wife, Karen, daughters, Merrie and Harmony, and son, Jake.

DAN ALBANO/The Register


WRESTLING ON TAP

The Laguna Hills Invitational and the Anaheim District Championships highlight county wrestling tournaments this weekend.

Top-ranked Laguna Hills will play host to a 16-team tournament starting today at 9:30 a.m.

The Hawks will be joined by Brea Olinda, Capistrano Valley, Costa Mesa, Downey, Edison, Estancia, John Glenn of Norwalk, Mission Viejo, Northwood, Orange Lutheran, Redondo Union of Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Servite, Torrance and Trabuco Hills.

Cypress High is the site for this year’s Anaheim District Championships. Wrestling begins at 9:30 a.m.

Last year, Loara edged Magnolia, 173.5-172. Western finished third with 171 points.

Katella, Savanna, Cypress and Kennedy will also compete.

DAMIAN CALHOUN/The Register


SIGNING

Orange Lutheran High girls volleyball middle blocker Elise Davis has signed with the University of Montana-Western, an NAIA school.

Contact the writer: preps@ocregister.com


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