Josh Johnson to start at QB for Buccaneers

Former Oakland Tech star Josh Johnson will get his first NFL start Sunday at the Washington Redskins. Johnson took over for a struggling Byron Leftwich in Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the New York Giants and in his first NFL action, he was 4-of-10 for 36 yards and also ran once for 15 yards. Johnson had been listed as No. 3 on the Bucs depth chart behind 2009 first-round draft choice Josh Freeman, but he leaps over the rookie to take over as the starting QB for now.

Johnson was the least heralded at the time of a talented crop of East Bay quarterbacks that featured Monte Vista’s Kyle Wright and San Ramon Valley’s Sam Keller. Wright went on to an up-and-down career at Miami and Keller had his moments at Arizona State before eventually transferring to Nebraska after losing the starting job. Wright and Keller have briefly spent time on NFL rosters but have not seen action.


East Bay girls volleyball notebook

There aren’t many things that you can count on, but in the Hayward Area Athletic League, you can count on one high school dominating league play.
“There are very few constants in life, but the HAAL always has one: Bishop O’Dowd,” San Leandro coach Ed Smart said. “It’s them, Castro Valley, Moreau and everyone else. Things seem to be very cyclical with the remaining teams.”
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Pittsburg’s Tracy Clark commits to Washington State

Per CougFan.com, the scout.com affiliate dedicated to Washington State athletics, is reporting that Tracy Clark of Pittsburg High has committed to Wazzu. He is the No. 118 ranked corner in the nation and a 2-star recruit according to Scout.com.

He is the third East Bay football player to commit to the Cougs, joining Damante Horton (Oakland) and Tyrone Duckett (Encinal).


An East Bay prep glance at Stanford Invite

East Bay high school teams and individuals stood out at today’s Stanford Invitational, with many races occurring in steamy conditions.

The fastest East Bay boys individual time of the day for the 3.1 mile course belonged to Redwood Christian’s Josh MacDonald. He won the Division V boys race in 15 minutes, 51 seconds, leading the Eagles boys to their first invitational title ever. In addition to McDonald, teammate Alex Mattson was 12th in 17:06, as Redwood Christian had a team score of 90. Berean Christian’s Jacob Roth was 10th in that race (17:03).

The top East Bay girls time was produced by California’s Colleen Lillig, who finished fifth in the Girls Seeded race with a time of 18:14.

Another East Bay squad that won a team title was the College Park boys. Led by a seventh-place finish by Jeff Bickert (16:21), the Falcons had a winning score of 141.

East Bay squads swept the Division V titles, as College Prep took the girls team title. It was led by Adrienne Strait (fifth, 19:41), Kai Wilson (seventh, 20:00) and Emily Erickson (ninth, 20:02).

Besides McDonald, another East Bay runner won an individual title. Castro Valley’s Kelsey Santisteban took first in the Division I girls race with a time of 19:16. Teammate Elise Wummer was sixth (19:36), as Castro Valley finished second as a team with a score of 94. Mission San Jose, led by an eighth-place finish by Madison Hirsch (19:45) was fourth with a score of 192.

The top East Bay boys team time belonged to De La Salle. In the Division I race, the Spartans were second with a score of 134 and a team time of 84:34. De La Salle was paced by Paul Johnson (eighth, 16:20) and Tyler Gates (11th, 16:36).

The top East Bay finisher in that race was Granada’s Alex Summers (third, 16:05).

The top East Bay girls team time was produced by Campolindo in the Division III race (98:48). Carrie Verdon led the Cougars with a fourth-place finish in 18:48, and teammate Grace Orders was fifth (18:55). Acalanes was fifth as a team in that race with a score of 196.

Here are some other East Bay highlights from the Stanford Invite:

The College Park girls, led by Alycia Cridebring (third, 18:44), finished second with a score of 141.

In the Division III boys race, Campolindo finished third with a score of 191. Dylan Laucher led the Cougars with an 11th-place finish (16:31).

St. Mary’s Dan Maxwell placed sixth in the Division IV boys race (16:13) to lead the Panthers to a fifth-place team finish with a score of 162.


Update on injured Lakeland (FL) player

There was a scary moment in Friday night’s nationally-televised showdown between De La Salle and Lakeland (FL). With 10:59 left in the game, Lakeland defensive end Tedward Hamilton was the recepient of a crushing block delivered by Dylan Wynn.

After the hit, Hamilton appeared to roll back and forth in pain for a few seconds before going motionless on the field. A 20-minute delay followed in which trainers from both teams stabilized his neck and used a stretcher to get him into an ambulance. I was informed several hours after the game by De La Salle athletic director, Leo Lopoz, that the injury was a broken sternum in his chest.

Lopoz sent me a text early Saturday morning saying that Hamilton had been released from the hospital and was travelling home with the rest of his teammates.


Live from De La Salle-Lakeland tonight at 7

Just a reminder that I’ll be set up live from the press box at Diablo Valley College tonight when De La Salle takes on Lakeland (Fla) at 7. We’ll also have our usual Twitter updates from around the East Bay, and the live scoreboard will be rolling on the home page. If there was ever a night to check in on the blog, this would be the one with so many good games dotting the landscape. I’ll be up and running for a little pre-game, hopefully around 6:45. See you then!