Gonzaga Prep lacrosse midfielder state finalist for High School Heisman

SPOKANE, Wash. — Lacrosse midfielder and three-sport standout at Spokane’s Gonzaga Preparatory School, Jonathan Yake has been named a Washington state finalist in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman Program.


Two-year lacrosse letterwinner and three-sport standout at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep is a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program. (Photo: Yake family)

Yake is the first high school lacrosse player from Washington to be named a state finalist in the program and is among 20 boys and girls in the state and 1,022 nationwide that have been tapped as state finalists.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program annual honors outstanding high school seniors, competing in at least one of the 27 eligible school-sponsored sports including lacrosse, who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership.

Entering his senior year, Yake maintains a 3.668 GPA while also earning high marks in cross country, wrestling and lacrosse and community leadership.

As a Bullpup harrier, Yake recorded a career-best 5,000-meter time of 19:01.05 in October’s GSL Freshman/JV Championship meet after showing consistent improvement throughout his career. As a senior, his GSL Championship meet time was ninth best among G-Prep JV cross country runners and ranked 83rd of the 166 runners at the Inland Empire competition. At the same meet, as a junior, he recorded a 19:27.66 good for 100th overall. The finish was nearly a one-minute bump from the 20:23.39 he recorded as a sophomore.

As a wrestler, Yake captained the Bullpups as a junior finishing fourth in the 152-pound class at the last winter’s GSL 4A District Meet. He has also been named captain as a senior.

And in lacrosse, Yake is a two-year letterwinner for the G-Prep varsity. Last spring the All-Eastern Conference midfielder built on a 1 goal, 3 ground-ball season as a sophomore to grab 11 ground balls in 9 games last spring as a junior. His efforts helped the Bullpups to a 5-4-0 record and their first-ever berth in the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Tournament.

Yake, a resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is also a respected student leader and talented musician in the Inland Empire.

He was recently named 4H Vice President and District 1 Representative to the Idaho State 4H Teen Officer’s Association and also has served as Panhandle Ambassador, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms of the local club.

At G-Prep he has participated in the school’s band since his freshman year, played for three years on the school’s Wind Ensemble, two years in the Jazz Band and is the 2014 recipient of the Dorothy Hutchinson Award for most improved junior musician.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 8.14.25 AMYake’s community service is extensive. Last year as a junior he compiled 100 hours of volunteer service in 13 separate endeavors including mentor leadership in several groups including the Gonzaga Prep Link Crew, service providing meals to underserved populations through a number of groups including the St. Pius X Soup Kitchen along with service with the Knights of Columbus, Red Cross and Coeur d’Alene Adopt-a-Street program.

For his service, Yake was one of two Bullpups named to the US Lacrosse Washington State All Community Team in 2014.

Kamiakin High School’s Lindsey Schauble and Union High School’s Nolan Henry were selected state winners from among the 102 state finalists and will go on to compete for 12 national finalist spots that will vie for the two top national awards.

The national High School Heisman awards will be presented during ESPN’s December 19 telecast of the college Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation. Winners will be presented with the Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy and honored with a $10,000 award donated in their name to their high school. Each winner will also receive a $500 Wendy’s gift card.

Student-athletes were judged based on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community-leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities during grades 9 through 11.

To learn more about the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, view a full list of award winners, or to nominate a student-athlete at your high school visit: WendysHighSchoolHeisman.com.

Wendy’s High School Heisman Program
2014 Washington State Finalists (all sports) 


Name High School City
Jonathan Yake Gonzaga Preparatory School Spokane
Andrew Montemayor Othello High School Othello
*Lindsey Schauble Kamiakin High School Kennewick
McCall Skay West Valley High School Spokane



Name High School City
Trent Jones Shorecrest High School Shoreline
Garrett Peterson Kamiak High School Mukilteo



Name High School City
Rebecca Darrow North Kitsap High School Poulsbo



Name High School City
Madison Rogers Todd Beamer High School Federal Way
Ava Welch Mount Rainier High School Des Moines



Name High School City
Rileymarie Clarke Emerald Ridge High School Puyallup
Riley Miller Bonney Lake High School Bonney Lake
Matthew Philichi Bellarmine Preparatory School Tacoma
Mairanda Ross Bellarmine Preparatory School Tacoma
Patryce McWilliams Franklin Pierce High School Tacoma



Name High School City
Megan Bastian Eastside Catholic School Sammamish
Davidson Emanuels Mercer Island High School Mercer Island
Sydney Hopper Liberty High School Renton



Name High School City
Kasey Calwell Camas Senior High School Camas
*Nolan Henry Union High School Camas
Mason Meeker Kelso High School Kelso


*2014 Washington state winners

About the Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Program
Created in 1994 by Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program recognizes outstanding high school seniors nationwide who excel in athletics, academics and community leadership. Students can nominate themselves for the award online, in addition to being recommended by principals, teachers, guidance counselors and coaches. The most exceptional students are then selected to advance during extensive judging processes conducted at both state and national levels.

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state. For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.



~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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