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Tiger Tracker: Luke Drake

Luke Drake can track his Summit County roots all the way back to 1946, when his grandfather George Drake first arrived. The Drake family, proud of what Luke Drake calls its "mountain man legacy," has been in the county ever since and doesn't plan on leaving any time soon.

Drake, who graduated from Summit High School in 2000, was highly involved with the school's various sports programs, including football and basketball.

"I was Mr. Basketball," he said, smiling at the memory. He played as a power forward with the No. 24, the same number his brother Adam, also a basketball player and Summit High grad, had worn.

Drake has fond memories of many of his teachers, including a video production class with Scott Porter and history with Bob Bowers. Drake's love of history can be traced back to his mother, Anne Drake, who taught history at Summit High before he was born. She also has a basketball legacy of her own, leading the girls' basketball team to the state tournament in the late '70s.

After graduating, Drake spent some time at Mesa State in Grand Junction where he briefly had his own radio show. After returning to Summit County, he joined a hip-hop band called Recess. Now he has his own shop on Frisco Main Street called Zealous Apparel, where he sells active-wear clothing sporting logos that he designs and prints himself.

When asked why he returned to Summit County, Drake replied, "Why wouldn't I?"

"There's no better place," he continued. "It's the place to be, it's home; it's that feeling that you can't describe."

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The Summit Daily Updated Dec 16, 2012 09:43PM Published Dec 16, 2012 09:41PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.