Haskins suspended by North Carolina


Todd Haskins is out at North Carolina, and Chris Eatough is in at Clemson. It hasn't been a a quiet soccer season for local products in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the nation's premier league.

North Carolina plays at Maryland Sunday, and the Tar Heels will come to College Park minus Haskins, The Sun Player of the Year for Howard High in 1989. Earlier this week, he was suspended for the remainder of the season by coach Elmar Bolowich, who cited Haskins' failure to attend study hall.

Two other Howard products are still with the struggling Tar Heels (3-6-2). Sophomore Jonathan Armstrong, the younger brother of World Cup starter Desmond Armstrong, and Stephen Sietsema, a redshirt freshman, both have three starts.

Unbeaten Clemson, meanwhile, has climbed to No. 4 in the latest rankings, and the biggest surprise for the Tigers has been Eatough, who played for Fallston. He went to Clemson as a walk-on and has started nine of 10 games as a defender.

Defending NCAA champion Virginia remains atop the ACC, and the top-ranked Cavaliers are getting another solid season from Clint Peay. The sophomore back from Oakland Mills has started every game and has two goals and two assists, helping Virginia to an 11-0-0 record.

The ACC carries an equally high profile in women's soccer, and North Carolina State improved its stock Wednesday with a victory over Virginia. The Wolfpack, which plays at Maryland Tuesday, is starting two locals. Thori Staples has settled in as a defender, and Betsy Anderson has three goals and three assists.

Staples, a freshman from Joppatowne, has started all 13 games for N.C. State (8-4-1). She also was heralded as a track and field standout in high school, winning the National AAU Junior Olympics heptathlon title the past two summers. Anderson, a sophomore from Severna Park who had seven goals and five assists as a freshman, has started 11 games. Two former Meade standouts earned Tennessee scholarships after going to Knoxville as walk-ons.

The No. 4 Volunteers (5-0), who are at home Saturday against Arkansas, list Tavio Henson second on the depth chart at left cornerback. He has four unassisted tackles and three assists. Tony Ruth, third on the depth chart at split end, has one catch for five yards.

Towson State travels to Delaware State Saturday, and, for the second straight year, the Hornets' high-powered ground attack is relying on the blocking of tight end Neon Chapman. The Poly grad also has four catches for 103 yards. Darrell Foote, a freshman from Annapolis, is an offensive backfield reserve and punt returner for the Hornets.


The Miami-Penn State football game isn't the only showdown in Happy Valley tomorrow.

The Nittany Lions volleyball team is ranked No. 13, and it's home against Michigan. Both entered the week unbeaten in the Big Ten, and Laura Cook has been the big performer in Penn State's 12-2 start.

Cook, a 5-foot-10 sophomore out of Chesapeake High, who was a Baltimore County all-star in volleyball and basketball, has a team-high 180 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.

Field hockey

Cornell's Mary Collins, a senior defender from Glen Arm who prepped at Friends, is her team's leading goal scorer with three.

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