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* NORTHEASTERN WINDS: One of New England's premier programs in the mid-1980s was Northeastern. The Boston school gained prominence thanks to Baltimoreans like Reggie Lewis, Kevin McDuffie and Derrick Lewis. All three are among the top nine scorers in Northeastern history, and while coach Karl Fogel can't anticipate similar numbers from them, he has three players from Lake Clifton with potential.
Northeastern has eight seniors, which helps explain why two of the Lake Clifton grads are taking off the entire season as medical redshirts. Alphonso Barney, a 6-foot-6 sophomore forward, has suffered from chronic ankle sprains and underwent surgery on both legs last week. Joe Carey, a 6-6 freshman, came down with an Achilles' heel problem early, and just resumed working out after two months off.
Ben Harlee is the second guard off the bench, and he's averaging 2.7 points. He was a first-team All-Metro in 1988-89, and spent last year at a prep school in western Massachusetts. He scored 17 points in as many minutes of a 152-123 win over Loyola-Marymount.
Northeastern is 13-6 overall, 2-1 in the North Atlantic Conference.
* ONE WINDOW CLOSES . . .: For the second straight year, former Western star Comalita Haysbert has run into academic difficulties at Notre Dame and won't finish the season. Ironically, her absence means more playing time for Sherri Orlosky, a freshman from Atholton.
Haysbert was averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds through 12 games as a starting forward for the Fighting Irish before being ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season. Athletes at South Bend must have a 2.0 grade-point average every semester. In Haysbert's absence, Orlosky's playing time is up, and she had six points and five rebounds against Dayton last week. She's averaging 3.1 points.
Notre Dame is 12-3 overall and ranked No. 19 in the nation.