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. Sacred Heart Cathedral (10-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Irish showed no signs of stopping in their first two West Catholic Athletic League games of the season, relatively easy wins over Riordan and Valley Christian (7-5).
2. University (11-3, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Red Devils would have made a pretty good case for the top spot this week if they could have held onto their halftime lead over Oakland (8-5), but responded to the loss with a thumping of Leadership (6-9) on Saturday.
3. St. Ignatius (8-4, last week’s ranking: 3)
Hard to move the Wildcats from the No. 3 spot, after two tough losses on the road against Serra (10-2) and Bellarmine (9-3) to open up WCAL play.
4. Washington (10-7, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles move up a spot after establishing themselves as the team to beat in the Academic Athletic Association with two dominating wins over Jordan (4-10) and Balboa (2-15) to open league play.
5. Riordan (6-6, last week’s ranking: 4)
May be a rough year for the Crusaders in the WCAL. They fall a spot after dropping their first two league games to Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Francis (7-5).
6. Lincoln (8-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Mustangs surely won’t remember last week for their win over Jordan (4-10), but the ongoing story will be how they deal with the death of head coach Mike Gragnani.
7. Mission (7-8, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Bears drop a spot even though they won their only game last week against Marshall (6-8).
8. Lick-Wilmerding (8-6, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Tigers move up a spot after splitting their two games last week. The win came against Waldorf (5-5) and the loss came on the road against a solid Berean Christian (9-5) team.
9. Lowell (10-5, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals continue to win, but our voters still aren’t convinced after their two wins last week against ISA (0-8) and Galileo (2-9).
10. Urban (9-4, last week’s ranking: NR)
No games for the Blues last week, but they still hold onto their No. 10 ranking.
Also receiving votes: Marshall (6-8)