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By CASEY OLSON
When it comes down to it, Jarrett Jacksons brand new lettermans jacket is just that a jacket.
It will be a nice home for the Thomas Jefferson junior to display the two varsity letters he has earned in his first year at TJ after solid seasons on the Raider football and wrestling teams.
As a starting linebacker this fall, Jackson led Jefferson in tackles and interceptions. He also wrestled a bulk of the season as the Raiders 215-pound starter.
But its on the baseball field where Jackson is currently making his biggest mark. The junior is leading the South Puget Sound League South in home runs (7), while hitting near .400 for the 11-6 Raiders.
So being recognized as a stud athlete isnt the reason for the new jacket. Hes been a three-sport star since Little League.
Jacksons lettermans jacket actually has a little different meaning than most of the athletes walking around the TJ campus.
The maroon and gold coat is a reminder of a new life he started back in June, when Jackson moved into the home of his longtime friend and teammate, Jason Summers, after a divorce tore his family apart.
Jasons parents (Lori and Jon Summers) bought me the jacket, Jackson said. It really means a lot.
We just figured that hes part of the family now and my two boys (Jason and older brother Adam) had them and just thought Jarrett needs to have a lettermans jacket, Lori Summers said. It just seemed like the thing to do.
I think they love Jarrett more than me, All-SPSL third baseman Summers said with a laugh. Hes practically like another son to them.
Jackson grew up a block from the Summers family and the pair attended grade school and junior high together. Jackson then went off to Kennedy High, a private, Catholic school in Burien, his freshman and sophomore years.
With everything going on (with the divorce), my parents really had their hands full, Jackson said. I have three older sisters going through college and I wasnt really getting along with my mom.
Since the move, Lori and Jon Summers have received partial custody of Jackson, meaning they can sign paperwork as his official guardian. Jacksons paternal grandfather was a big proponent of the legal action.
It just kind of happened gradually, Lori said. He was spending a lot of time at our house and it just seemed right. We have two sons and our house is more geared toward guys and their needs.
But the two arent quite like brothers yet. They get along too well for that, Lori said.
Those two are very supportive of each other. They have a good-natured rivalry. Its really surprising how well they get along.
However, the sibling-type competition does go to another level when it comes to their offensive numbers on the baseball diamond, which are some