How much difference can 6 inches of earth make?
Plenty, if it's on a football field where teens in cleats are trying to keep their footing.
Early last week, a sinkhole was discovered near the 5-yard line on the left side of the field at the new Mike Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School. The depression was about 6 inches deep, according to Rob Rollins, acting director of facilities planning and development for Washington County Public Schools.
He said the contractor, Specialty Surfaces of Wayne, Pa., arrived Friday to fill the sinkhole.
"Sinkholes happen," he said, but repairing the sinkhole on the field was "a little different with the artificial turf."
The new field is covered with "Sprinturf," a synthetic turf manufactured to be softer than real grass. To repair the sinkhole, "you have to pull back the fabric, fill in with dirt, and then pull it back," Rollins said.