Rummel baseball, basketball players sign with Loyola, Delgado

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METAIRIE – Four Archbishop Rummel student-athletes will have a short trip to college.

Baseball standouts Zach Cook and Luke LaCoste signed with Loyola University, while their teammate Lyall Ball and basketball player Ashken Stamm each signed with Delgado Community College in a noontime ceremony Wednesday in the school’s library.

Cook and LaCoste – the regular top two hitters in Coach Nick Monica’s lineup – have been big two-way threats all season long. Despite batting in the leadoff spot, Cook has led the Raiders in RBI with 29 while batting a team-best .382, along with an 8-2 record and 1.87 ERA as one of the team’s top starting pitchers. LaCoste batted .315 with 17 RBI and was 4-3 with a 4.00 ERA on the mound.

Both Cook and LaCoste said they are expected to focus on playing a position for Coach Doug Faust’s Wolf Pack. Faust was on hand for the signing ceremony before his team headed on a road trip to Georgia Wednesday afternoon.

Ball, who has pitched and played first base this season, ranks third on the club with 21 RBI and had a 1.70 ERA in 24 2/3 innings of work.

Stamm averaged more than 10 points and seven rebounds per game for Coach Troy Holley’s team last season.

The baseball Raiders are the No. 4 seed in the Division I bracket and will play host to McKinley in a best-of-three playoff series this weekend at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.

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Lenny Vangilder

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Lenny has been involved in college athletics since 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; since then, he has remained involved in college sports. He works in television production of many college sporting events and served briefly as managing editor of New Orleans Metro Sports Magazine. Lenny also served for 11 years on the management…

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