To call Taft High’s Pete Lahti a thinker would hardly be a stretch considering he recently spoke as class valedictorian at his high school graduation. To call him an athlete would be spot-on considering he just completed several varsity seasons of three-sport stardom that included his crowning as Oregon football’s Class 3A Offensive Player of The Year.
To call him busy would be accurate considering his every move in the weeks surrounding the moment he flipped those orange tassels across his cap to signify completion of his high school years at Taft.
You can sense this is merely the beginning for the 18-year-old, all-everything student-athlete. You know the one — the guy who leaves the boys with their chins in their hands muttering, “Some guys have all the luck,” while the girls sit and stare with their chins resting on the same tables the boys’ elbows are propped on … Big Man on Campus.
“Pete is an exceptional young man,” Taft football Coach James Mick said. “He is smart, athletic and hardworking. He really is everything you could hope for in a student-athlete.”
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