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 (12-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
Double-digit wins over No. 6 Riordan and Valley Christian (7-11) won’t budge the Wildcats from the top spot this week.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (13-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
After losing the top spot last week, the Irish got a No. 1 vote back this week after two close, tough wins over very good Serra (14-3) and Bellarmine (10-8) teams.
3. University (14-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
After a tough loss to St. Elizabeth (11-5) to start the week, the Red Devils may be beginning to hit their stride with decisive wins over No. 10 Stuart Hall and Lick-Wilmerding (8-10).
4. Washington (13-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles leapfrogged Lincoln this week, despite losing their head-to-head matchup two weeks ago, mostly due to a statement win over No. 7 Mission and another solid win over No. 8 Lowell last week.
5. Lincoln (12-9, last week’s ranking: 4)
Wins over No. 9 Marshall and Burton (4-9) early in the week kept the Mustangs as the AAA’s only remaining undefeated team, until a three-point loss to No. 7 Mission on Saturday.
6. Riordan (7-10, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Crusaders hang onto the sixth spot despite another tough week, with lopsided losses to No. 1 St. Ignatius and powerful Mitty (15-2).
7. Mission (11-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
As they’ve shown the entire season, the Bears can be up and down. Last week was no exception, with bad loss to No. 4 Washington to open the week, they rallied back to beat Wallenberg (7-8), then gave No. 5 Lincoln its first AAA loss.
8. Lowell (13-6, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals opened the week with a win over Wallenberg (7-8), but may have turned more heads with a game effort in a loss to No. 4 Washington.
9. Marshall (8-10, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Phoenix followed a 11-point loss to Lincoln with an easy win over O’Connell (2-4), but it could be tough for them moving forward with suspensions to key players.
10. Stuart Hall (9-9, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Knights began the week with a 23-point loss to No. 3 University, but responded with an impressive wins over Urban (10-7) and Leadership (6-12) to hold on the the final spot.
Also receiving votes: Urban (10-7), Wallenberg (7-8), Bay (13-5) and Jewish Community (12-3).