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 and Dylan Kruse from the San Francisco Examiner.
1. St. Ignatius (9-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats hold on to the unanimous top spot even after a loss to Pinewood (9-2) in the Sand Dune Classic final. Prior to the loss, St. Ignatius dominated their first two opponents in Sobrato (1-9) and very good Santa Cruz (9-3) team.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (7-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish lost their only game last week to St. Francis of Sacramento (4-4), but they hold on to the No. 2 spot.
3. Lowell (10-2, last week’s ranking: 3)
No games for the Cardinals last week, and they hold on to the third spot.
4. Mercy (11-1, last week’s ranking: 4)
Mercy continues to win, but can’t seem to move up. The Skippers took the Gryphon Holiday Classic at Crystal Springs Uplands with wins over Peninsula foes Capuchino (1-7), Sequoia (2-5) and Hillsdale (8-2).
5. Bay (8-4, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Breakers put together another good week, with wins over Fresno Christian (6-5) and St. Bernard’s (6-7), and a close loss to Orland (9-5), in the West Coast Jamboree.
6. University (4-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Red Devils move up a couple spots after a so-so performance in the San Dune Classic, but may have benefited by dismal performances by teams around them. The Red Devils beat Sobrato (1-9), but lost handily to Santa Cruz (9-3) and Woodcreek (9-5).
7. Washington (6-7, last week’s ranking: 6)
Simply put, it was a terrible week for the Eagles, who lost by no less than 21 points each of their three losses to Pittsburg (7-7), Yosemite (4-8) and Clovis West (7-6) in the West Coast Jamboree’s Gold Division.
8. Convent (4-7, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cubs drop a spot after splitting their two games at the Convent Holiday Classic, which they hosted. They routed Marshall (1-3) before falling to Westmoor (7-3) in the tournament final.
9. International (6-3, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Jaguars make their first appearance in the Top 10 this season after a 2-1 week in the Gryphon Holiday Classic at Crystal Springs Uplands. They got a forfeit victory against host Crystal Springs Uplands, then lost to Hillsdale (8-2) by two points and beat Sequoia (2-5).
10. Wallenberg (5-4, last week’s ranking: 10)
With a win over San Jose (2-6) in their only game last week, the Bulldogs enter AAA play on a three-game win streak, and could be a dark horse in the league this season.
Also receiving votes: Lincoln (4-6).