Boys Basketball Top 10: Sacred Heart tops opening poll

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Joshua Fox takes the ball up the court against Hillsdale on Saturday at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. (Photo by AJ Canaria)

Every Monday, we will be compiling a poll of local media members to rank the top 10 boys and girls basketball teams in San Francisco. Feel free to make your own rankings and discuss ours in the comment section. Voters include staff, Mitch Stephens from and, Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner and Lee Hubbard from

1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (1-0)
The Irish still have a lot to prove this season, but the defending CIF-Central Coast Section Division III champions are still the team to beat in the City. They cruised to an easy win over Hillsdale in their opener.

2. University (3-0)
University’s start has been impressive, but their competition was suspect in the Redwood Christian Tournament last week. Their best win, however, was against Bay Counties League West rival Lick-Wilmerding in the tournament final.

3. Riordan (1-2)
After an opening win against No. 7 Mission, host Riordan lost its next two games in the Crusader Classic, against Burlingame and Drake.

4. St. Ignatius (1-2)
The Wildcats were pounded in their opener against Bishop O’Dowd, which many consider one of the best teams in the country, but got a win against Jesuit of Colorado in the second round and lost to St. Joseph Notre Dame in the consolation bracket final.

5. Washington (3-2)
The Eagles stumbled out of the gate, dropping their first two games of the season to Skyline and Montgomery, but rallied back last week, winning the Blue and Gold Tournament at Jefferson with three consecutive wins over peninsula foes Westmoor, Aragon and Jefferson.

6. Marshall (4-1)
The Phoenix could be gearing up for a substantial AAA run, as they currently hold the league’s best record. Marshall finished second in the 39 Stokes Tournament, falling to Capuchino in the final. The Phoenix got wins against Kelseyville and Clear Lake in the first two rounds

7. Mission (0-3)
Mission remains winless, but played every team close in the tough Crusader Classic last week.

8. Lowell (3-1)
A third-place finish in Blue and Gold Tournament and an early win over Stuart Hall the puts the Cardinals at No. 8.

9. Lick- Wilmerding (2-2)
The Tigers lost to No. 2 University in the Redwood Christian Tournament final, but handled early-round opponents Valley Christian (Dublin) and Redwood Christian with relative ease.

10. Lincoln (2-2)
The Mustangs went 1-2 in the the the Jeremy Jack Tournament hosted by Salesian, with a win over Albany and losses to Pinole Valley and Hayward. Lincoln also beat Richmond handily on Nov. 30.

Also receiving votes:
Urban (4-0), Wallenberg (1-1), Stuart Hall (2-3)

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One Comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would agree with your top 4 teams and I believe they are all capable of beating each other. We will see how the matchups turn out. Like in football, I predict SHC will lay an egg in the Bruce-Mahoney game!!! You heard it here first.

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