Badovinac brothers still pushing people around on football field: Kathy and Pete Badovinac have two sons who played football and were captains at Loyola and now play in college. Sam (Class of 2016) is a redshirt sophomore offensive lineman at Butler University, and Jack (Class of 2017) is a sophomore offensive lineman at Colgate University.
Wilmette residents, Kathy and Pete do their best to attend every game. On Saturday, Pete will be in Hamilton, New York, to watch Jack and the Raiders play at home against Georgetown, while Kathy will make the trip to Indianapolis to see Sam and the Bulldogs host Dayton.
“We divide and conquer each week, so that one of us is at each of their games,” Kathy said.
Colgate’s game is for control of the Patriot League. The Raiders (6-0, 3-0) are tied with the Hoyas (4-4, 3-0) for first place. The conference champion earns an automatic berth to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Colgate’s last postseason appearance came in 2015.
“We are playing well, and we want to keep it going,” Jack said. “Coming from Loyola, it’s important to me to be part of a winning program.”
Jack and Sam both were starters on the Ramblers that finished 14-0 and captured the 2015 Class 8A state championship, the second in program history and first since 1993. As a senior, Jack helped Loyola to a 13-1 record and runner-up finish in Class 8A.
In two seasons at Butler (3-4, 1-3 Pioneer Football League), Sam has played in 14 games, including five this season. While the Bulldogs haven’t contended for conference championships or playoff berths during his career, Colgate is 12-2 since Jack took over as starting left guard in the fourth game last season. A year ago, the Raiders tied Lehigh for first place in the league, but they lost out on a head-to-head tiebreaker for the title.
As dominant and successful as Jack was in high school, he said he welcomed a fresh start in college.
“Freshman camp was totally different than what I’d ever done before,” Jack said. “It wasn’t easy, but I wanted to prove myself. I’m still not 100 percent used to everything, but I’m way farther along than I was at this point last year. I’m glad nothing was given to me.”
Jack is grateful for the continued support of his parents, especially considering Colgate’s campus is more than 700 miles from his hometown.
“It’s cool they come to our games, even though mine are far away,” he said. “I know they do their best to see each of our games equally. [Saturday’s] should be a good one.”
Diving alums reunite at college meet: Longtime friends and former teammates at Loyola, University of Miami (Ohio) senior Ryan Nash (Class of 2015) and University of Michigan sophomore Chris Canning (Class of 2017) competed against each other Sept. 28 when the Wolverines hosted a three-team meet.
“It was awesome,” Nash said. “We go way back. As soon as the schedule came out in the summer, I texted him right away. We were excited for it.”
Friends for roughly a decade, it was like old times once the two saw each other on deck before the meet, according to Nash.
“We talked all throughout warmups as if we were teammates again,” Nash said. “It was really cool.”
As a senior, Nash said he’s doing his best to enjoy his final season. He’s looking forward to contributing as the RedHawks contend for their first MAC title since he’s been part of the program. The conference meet is Feb. 27-March 2 at Akron.
“I’ve been diving forever, so I’m definitely soaking it all in,” he said. “Knowing we have a good chance of winning conference is pushing me to stay focused and to keep improving.”
Nash’s brother, Michael (Class of 2012), also dove at Loyola and Miami. Three of their uncles all were divers in college.
Canning, a Wilmette resident, and Ryan, who’s from Kenilworth, were two of the best to dive at Loyola. Both were four-time state qualifiers, and Canning is the program’s only four-time state medalist. Ryan earned two state medals.
Ryan’s next meet is Nov. 3 at home against Cleveland State. Canning competes again Nov. 2 at Iowa. The Big Ten Championships are Feb. 27-March 2 at Iowa.
A finance major, Ryan said he plans to move back to the Chicago area after graduating.
Photo: Ryan Nash (left), Chris Canning