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 (12-2, last week’s ranking: 1)
After a disheartening loss to Pinewood two weeks ago, the Wildcats only appear to be getting better, with three very good wins against St. Patrick/St. Vincent (8-7), Notre Dame (9-5) and Presentation (10-4) last week.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (8-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish played only one game last week, but they left a considerable impression, routing Valley Christian (8-5) by 41 points.
3. Lowell (12-3, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Cardinals handled their first two AAA opponents ISA (1-4) and Galileo (5-7) with relative ease earlier in the week, but fell by double digits to Santa Rosa (9-4) in a non-league game on Saturday.
4. Mercy (12-1, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Skippers dominated rival Mercy-Burlingame to wrap up their non-league schedule, but we’ll get a real sense of how good they are when WBAL play begins this week.
5. Bay (10-4, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Breakers escaped against a solid International (8-4) team, then cruised against Gateway (0-8) to open up their BCL Central season.
6. Washington (8-8, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Eagles move up a spot after lopsided wins over Jordan and Balboa in AAA play last week.
7. University (6-6, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Red Devils drop a spot even though they evened their record with wins over Galileo (5-7) and Leadership (2-11)
8. Convent (4-8, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cubs lost their only game last week against Half Moon Bay (5-6), but their record should improve as the BCL West season progresses. Still, the Cubs are 1-7 against teams with winning records.
9. Wallenberg (6-4, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Bulldogs move up a slot after winning their AAA opener against Burton (2-11) last week.
10. Lincoln (6-6, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Mustangs improved to .500 with AAA wins over Mission (3-7) and Jordan, re-entering the Top 10 after falling out last week.
Also receiving votes: International (8-4)