Walking the orange carpet before the show, Lewis & Clark student-athletes were honored at the 2018 Excellence in Lewis & Clark’s Year of Sports awards. Miyah Leith of women’s basketball and Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows of men’s tennis took the top awards.
Peter Lahti has had tremendous success as an intern for a triple-A baseball club and was Lewis & Clark’s fourth-leading tackler in 2017. Last month, the Biology major was selected to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Football First Team.
Defensive end Cameron Chang was selected the Northwest Conference Freshman of the Year and junior Andrew Werst was picked All-NWC First Team to highlight seven Pioneers named to the team, the highest since 2013.
The Pioneers rounded out a season of significant improvements, including just their fourth multi-win season in 14 years, with a 40-24 loss to Pacific Lutheran. Lewis & Clark was within two points with just over four minutes remaining in the game.
Lewis & Clark College freshman quarterback Sawyer May threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns, however, the Linfield Wildcats scored in every quarter to defeat the host Pioneers, 49-14 on an autumn Saturday afternoon at Griswold Stadium.
Lewis & Clark freshman kicker Obed Eriza was named Northwest Conference Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week following his 33-yard field goal that helped the Pioneers defeat Willamette for the first time since 2000.
Following Lewis & Clark’s 40-29 win at Pomona-Pitzer that ended the Pioneers’ 33-game losing streak, Pete Lahti was named Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week and Bryce Johnson was picked to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
Drew Groshong of men’s golf and Frances Swanson of women’s cross country and track and field earned Northwest Conference First-Team Scholar Athlete honors as Lewis & Clark put nearly 80 student-athletes on the Academic All-NWC team.
The 1991 football team, the 2005-06 women’s rowing team and five individuals, as well as the Pioneers mascot, Buddy, will be inducted to the Lewis & Clark Hall of Fame on Oct. 20. Jeremy Cox '98, Chris Edison '84, Carla McHattie '06, Dick Voll '53, '58 and Jerry Walker '92 received individual selections.