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 SanFranPreps.com staff, Mitch Stephens from SFGate.com and Maxpreps.com, Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner and Lee Hubbard from NorCalPreps.com
1. Sacred Heart Cathedral (5-0, last week’s ranking: 1)
No games for the Irish last week, and still no reason to knock them off the top spot. They’re still our unanimous No. 1 pick and will face Folsom (3-2) and Jesuit (6-2) this week.
2. University (6-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Red Devils handled No. 6 Mission with relative ease in their only game last week. They will be tested again on Wednesday when they face off against No. 4 Riordan, but it’s unfortunate they won’t face Sacred Heart Cathedral this year.
3. St. Ignatius (3-2, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats stay put as well, after escaping with a win in overtime against Maria Carrillo (3-3)on Friday, in their only game last week.
4. Riordan (5-3, last week’s ranking: 4)
It was a good week for the Crusaders, who dominated Wallenberg (2-4) and Menlo-Atherton (5-3) last week.
5. Washington (6-4, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles split their two road games last week, with a two-point win over Homestead (2-3) and a three-point loss against Pittsburgh (3-5). The Eagles will face their toughest week yet this week, with a rematch against Piedmont Hills (6-0) Tuesday, a westside battle with No. 3 St. Ignatius on Wednesday, and a tough road game against Amador Valley (6-1) on Thursday.
6. Mission (3-6, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Bears round out the top six, which was the same as last week’s, after a loss to No. 2 University and a win over a Stuart Hall (5-6) team that could make some appearances on this list before the season ends.
7. Lincoln (5-5, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Mustangs jumped up three spots this week, after losing their first two games in the Mel Goode Classic to Folsom (3-2) and Foothill (6-3), before beating Benicia (2-11) in their final game of the tournament.
8. Lowell (7-3, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Cardinals moved up a slot after winning three games last week, all by single digits. The wins came against Urban (6-3), Sequoia and Skyline (3-6).
9. Lick-Wilmerding (5-5, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Tigers’ rough performance in the Otis Spunkmeyer Invitational convinced our voters to drop them a spot this week. Lick sandwiched a win over ‘Aiea (Hawaii) (2-3) with losses to Piedmont (6-3) and Half Moon Bay (7-2).
10. Marshall (5-5, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Phoenix started off the week well, with a win over Australian visitor St. Norbert College, but struggled on the road in the Red Bluff Holiday Classic. Marshall only lost by three points to host Red Bluff (4-5) in the second round, but lost by 27 points to Pleasant Valley (6-1) and 34 to Enterprise (4-5).
Also receiving votes: Urban (6-3) and Stuart Hall (5-6)