GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Lewis & Clark junior defensive back Pete Lahti was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football First Team, the organization announced last month.
Lahti was one of five defensive backs from the 21-state district and one of five Northwest Conference selections. Honorees must be in at least their second year of competition, be a starter or important reserve and average at least a 3.30 grade-point average. Lahti is the first selection for the Pioneers since Curtis Smith was chosen as a senior in 2010.
Lahti completed his junior season last month and played in all nine of the Pioneers' games for the third-straight year. He was the team's primary starter at nickel back and finished fourth overall in tackles on the team. Lahti ranked among the top 30 in tackles per game in the NWC.
During Lewis & Clark's 40-29 win at Pomona-Pitzer last September that ended the Pios' 33-game losing streak, Lahti had an interception and a fumble recovery to go with six tackles. He was named NWC Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week for the performance. He had a season-high nine tackles in a 49-14 loss to then-No. 10 Linfield last October.
Lahti is a Biology major with a 3.84 GPA who spent last summer in his second year working as a ticket sales intern for the Tacoma Rainiers, the triple-A, Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. During his second season with the team, Lahti ran part of the intern program and broke records for revenue produced by an intern.
As a CoSIDA Academic All-District First-Team selection, Lahti was eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America team, but was not selected when the teams were announced on Wednesday.
Lahti will be one of 10 returning defensive student-athletes when Lewis & Clark begins the 2018 season next September. The Pioneers had their most selections to the All-NWC teams since 2013 including NWC Freshman of the Year Cameron Chang. Four of Lewis & Clark's seven choices were defensive players, including junior Andrew Werst who was picked All-NWC First-Team at defensive end.
The Pioneers are expected to return 59 student-athletes overall on the heels of the 2017 season in which Lewis & Clark gained 116 points in point differential compared to the year before and improved in margin of victory or defeat in seven of their nine games. The 2018 season will be the fourth under national championship-winning head coach Jay Locey.