Joe, 57; his brother, Gene, 52; and Joe's youngest son, Luke, 23, have won 914 games during a combined 57 years of coaching high school basketball in the Hartford area. Most of Joe's 32 seasons of coaching were at South Catholic High, where his teams won five state crowns. In January, Joe, coach of Newington High since 1993, became the fifth Connecticut high school coach to amass 500 victories, with a 65-44 defeat of Southington High. Four nights later Gene, who just finished his 24th year at Portland High, became the 12th Connecticut coach to earn 400 wins, beating Bolton High 102-71. Under him the Highlanders have won 12 Charter Oak Conference championships and one state crown, in 1982. Luke recently completed his first season at Berlin High, going 1-19. He was an all-state guard on his dad's last championship team at South Catholic before going on to play at the University of Hartford. Joe's oldest son, Joe Jr., 27, is an assistant coach at Yale.
Promise, a junior sprinter on the John F. Kennedy High track team, has won five state Group AAA titles and nine Central Region championships. Promise, an honor student, holds six school records, including a 7.10 in the 55 meters, a 40.08 in the 300 and a 55.45 in the 400.
Hooper, a senior swimmer at Texas, earned his ninth and 10th Southwest Conference crowns by winning the 500-yard freestyle, in a time of 4:24.19, and the 1,650-yard free (15:19.53) as he led the Longhorns to the conference's swimming and diving championships.
Schantz, 36, broke a women's aviation duration world record by sailing her hot-air balloon for 15 hours and 11 minutes, in the process floating from McAlester, Okla., to Wellborn, Texas. The old mark of 11:10 was set by Denise Wiederkehr of St. Paul, in 1974.