De La Salle’s Burns, Klein staying nearby for college
When De La Salle senior baseball standouts Collin Burns and Stephen Klein head to college next year, it will be a short trip down St. Charles Avenue.
The two Cavaliers signed baseball scholarships Wednesday in a ceremony at school – Burns with Tulane and Klein with Loyola.
Burns, a left-handed hitting middle infielder, hit .282 last season and was an All-District 10-3A selection. He is the second local product to sign with the Green Wave in the early period, joining John Curtis’ Logan Stevens.
Klein – the only New Orleans-area player selected to the Class 3A all-state team by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association – hit .402 with eight doubles, three triples, two home runs and 32 RBI. On the mound, Klein was 5-2 with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 40 in 44 innings.
The Cavaliers won 25 games a year ago before being eliminated by St. Louis Catholic in the round of 16 of the Division II playoffs.
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…