Boys Basketball Top 10: Sacred Heart still at the top

Marshall guard Jason Smith eyes the University defense on Wednesday at Marshall High School. (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 (5-0, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish were the unanimous No. 1 pick this week, as voters found it difficult to move them out of the top spot after dominating three games in the Vacaville Tournament last week. The Irish outscored Vanden (0-3), Wood (4-2) and Vacaville (3-3) 224-129 in the tournament, to go along with a 58-50 win over Redwood (4-3) earlier in the week.

2. University (5-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
A few things should be considered when evaluating University’s only loss to St. Joseph Notre Dame (5-1) on Friday. The first is the quality of the opponent (Mitch Stephens has them ranked ninth in the Bay Area, University is 19th), and the second is that the Red Devils actually carried a two-point lead into the fourth quarter, before key injuries and foul trouble derailed them. University bounced back on Saturday, handling Lincoln 74-55, and dominated Marshall earlier in the week.

3. St. Ignatius (2-2, last week’s ranking: 4)
St. Ignatius’ 60-53 win over Menlo (1-2) was the only game in a relatively light week for the Wildcats. They will only play once this week as well, against Maria Carillo (2-2) on Friday, due to final exams.

4. Riordan (3-3, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Crusaders drop to fourth, but went 2-1 last week in the Burlingame Invitational, with wins over Aragon (2-4) and Los Altos (1-5) and a loss to Sacred Heart Prep (3-1).

5. Washington (5-3, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles rolled through the first two rounds of the WCO Showdown with dominating wins over Andrew Hill (1-6) and Silver Creek (3-2), but lost in the final to Piedmont Hills (4-0), possibly their toughest opponent yet.

6. Mission (2-5, last week’s ranking: 7)
Mission may be tough to gauge this year. After a disappointing loss to Piedmont (4-1) early in the week, the Bears played well in the Fukushima Tournament in San Jose, where they played Bellarmine (4-2) tough in a 71-65 loss and got their first two wins of the year against San Benito (1-5) and Fremont (1-4).

7. Marshall (4-2, last week’s ranking: 6)
Hard to drop the Phoenix too far after a loss to No. 2 University in their only game last week, where the Red Devils appeared unstoppable, hitting 18 3-pointers.

8. Lick-Wilmerding (4-2, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Tigers move up a little after dominating wins over weaker, winless opponents International (0-6) and College Prep (0-5).

9. Lowell (4-3, last week’s ranking: 8)
Lowell began their Cardinal Classic right, with a big win over San Mateo (0-5), but floundered in the last two games, with a double-digit loss to Half Moon Bay (4-1) and a 56-53 loss to Piedmont (4-1).

10. Lincoln (4-3, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Mustangs trounced Leadership (4-3) 77-26 to start their week, then knocked off Branson (4-3), last season’s Division V NorCal champion, before falling to No. 2 University.

Also receiving votes: Jordan (4-2), Jewish Community (4-1), Waldorf (3-3)

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  1. Bill Hager says:

    You guys still have lincoln at the bottom in they have been playing against top teams that will run anyone in sanfrancisco yea they beat leadership who is bad and richmond but lincoln has yet to get put in there place by any team show the mustangs some respect.. Mission is 2 and 5 lowell and washington has been playing all weak teams and the jefferson tournament had no great teams as so the lowell tournament

  2. Observer says:

    Uh Lincoln got crushed by University did you not see that?

  3. Bill Hager says:

    Sorry ser getting crush is University beating Marshall not the lincoln game

  4. Observer says:

    University crushed both of them, you should pay attention

  5. RABBIT says:

    Can you break down the three city schools JV teams who play in the WCAL?

  6. whoever says:

    Riordan crushed washington in the summer league

    Riordan will play university at riordan next week be sure to check it out

  7. Anonymous says:

    SFPREPS pretty much has it right. SHC is the best until someone beats them. University plays a tough schedule. It will be fun watching the season unfold.

  8. Anonymous says:

    i think it is the right order for now

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