Senior Luke Jackson is a student at Bel Air High, but it says "Fallston" on his hockey jersey. That's because Fallston is the only Harford County school that plays the sport, and it draws players from around the county. Fallston, which is a club team, began its season last week.
Jackson is a center who is solid defensively, good on faceoffs and has become more of an offensive weapon.
When he's not on the ice, Jackson has plenty to keep him busy. He's an editor on the school paper, plays boys volleyball in the fall and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Jackson is looking at Delaware, Maryland and Towson for college and is hoping to get into journalism.
How long have you been playing hockey, and what do you like best about it?
I've been playing roller hockey since elementary school - my friend's dad ran a program not far away from my house. I started playing ice hockey a few years after I started playing roller hockey.
Is it odd playing for Fallston when you go to Bel Air?
I think of the team as more of a Harford County ice hockey team that happens to go by the name of Fallston. We take kids from Bel Air, Fallston, C. Milton Wright, Patterson Mill and North Harford, so I like to think that I play for Harford County.
How good can your hockey team be this year?
We lost a lot of talent from last year, but the young guys that we picked up should be able to hold their own. I think our defense is really solid and should be able to keep us in every game. If our offense can pick up from where we left off last year, we have a chance to be very good.
You also play boys volleyball, another sport that doesn't always get a lot of attention. Does that make it harder?
Attention isn't what I play for. If both sports aren't the most popular sports in the world, that's fine. I play to have fun and to hopefully pick up a lot of wins along the way. But I hope hockey and volleyball get more attention in the future because both are great sports to watch and play.
Who is your favorite hockey player?
Alex Ovechkin [of the Washington Capitals]. I'm blown away every time I watch him play. The goals he scores and his stick-handling moves are incredible. The way he can fire up a crowd just by touching a puck is something few players can do. His physical play can take over a game, as well.
What do you do best on the ice?
Probably winning faceoffs. I pride myself on that, and I want to continue to get better this season. I think I can really help the team by pulling the puck back to our defense on the faceoff and letting them set up the offensive attack.
What do you do on the Bel Air school paper?
I am the co-sports editor. I usually write one to two sports stories per issue. I also write an article debating another kid about a current issue facing the country.
If you had one person in the world you could meet and talk to, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln. He's one of the greatest men the world has ever seen. Maybe we can revive him and get him to help us with the current mess we're in.
What do you want to be when you're older?
I enjoy sports and politics, and I love to write. As of right now, I'm hoping to parlay that into a sportswriting career of some sort, but once I get into college, I might become more interested in politics than I already am.