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 (6-1, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish were handed their first loss on the road against a very good Jesuit (7-2) team and beat Folsom (4-3) to carry the City’s top ranking into the new year.
2. University (7-1, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Red Devils only game last week was an impressive win on the road against Riordan and they stole one first-place vote from Sacred Heart Cathedral this week.
3. St. Ignatius (5-2, last week’s ranking: 3)
After a relatively slow start, the Wildcats have won four straight, including wins last week against Arroyo (7-4) and No. 7 Washington.
4. Riordan (6-4, last week’s ranking: 4)
Hard to fault the Crusaders too much for their loss to No. 2 University, and they also dominated Balboa (2-11) earlier in the week to maintain their ranking.
5. Lincoln (5-6, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Mustangs continue to march up the rankings, even after a loss in their only game last week. But that loss came to De La Salle (6-0), which remains undefeated. The Mustangs played De La Salle to the buzzer and nearly shocked the Spartans in a three-point loss.
6. Mission (5-6, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Bears maintain last week’s spot after a week with wins over Menlo (2-3) and Los Gatos (4-5). After an 0-5 start, could they be returning to the form they showed as AAA champions last season?
7. Washington (7-6, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles are the only team that dropped this week, after losses to Piedmont Hills (8-0) and St. Ignatius. They bounced back later in the week, however, with an overtime win over a solid Amador Valley (7-4) team.
8. Lowell (8-3, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals stay put this week, and although their record would indicate a higher ranking, voters may not be convinced due to a relatively soft schedule. In their only game last week, the Cardinals blasted a weak Oceana (2-5) team.
9. Lick-Wilmerding (5-4, last week’s ranking: 9)
No games for the Tigers last week and they hold onto the No. 9 spot.
10. Marshall (5-5, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Phoenix are still clinging to the final spot after a loss to Arroyo (7-4) last week.
Also receiving votes: Waldorf (4-3), Stuart Hall (5-7) and Urban (7-3).