Northwestern sports has been on a roll lately. The women's lacrosse team has won six of the past seven NCAA championships. The football team won its first Big Ten visit to Nebraska and will be appearing in a bowl for a school-record fourth consecutive season. And alum Luke Donald finished the 2011 season as the PGA's top money winner and the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world.
The Wildcats also boast some star cachet in the family cheering section. The fall issue of the Northwestern alumni magazine notes that eight of the school's current athletes have fathers or grandfathers who made their mark in sports:
Hunter Bates: Junior, football. The safety is the son of Bill Bates, a former special teams star who won three Super Bowl titles during a 15-year career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Drew Crawford: Junior, basketball. The 6-5 forward is the son of 26-year NBA referee Danny Crawford (pictured below).
Dannielle Diamant: Junior, women's basketball. The 6-5 center is the granddaughter of Jerry "Tark The Shark" Tarkanian (pictured above), the famed UNLV coach who led the Runnin' Rebels to the national championship in 1990.
Drake Dunsmore: Senior, football. The superback, who set a Northwestern record with four touchdown catches in a win Oct. 29 at Indiana, is the son of Pat Dunsmore, who played tight end for the Chicago Bears.
Tre Demps: Freshman, men's basketball. His father is Dell Demps, who played three years in the NBA and is currently the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets.
Luke Farrell: Junior, baseball. The flamethrower's father, John Farrell, pitched for eight MLB seasons and is now the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jagger Martinez: Freshman, men's soccer. The midfielder is the son of Dave Martinez, a 16-year MLB veteran who is the bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Georgia Waddle: Freshman, women's soccer. The midfielder is the daughter of Tom Waddle, the former Bears receiver and current ESPN Radio personality. Her grandfather is Gino Cappelletti, the former receiver and kicker for the Patriots who is now one of the team's longtime radio broadcasters.
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