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 (14-5, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats hang on to the top spot again with two close but solid home wins over Serra (14-5) and Bellarmine (11-8). The Wildcats will look to stay undefeated at home when they host rival and No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral on Wednesday.
2. Sacred Heart Cathedral (15-4, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish got a first place vote this week after a 11-point win over No. 7 Riordan and a thrashing of Valley Christian (7-12), but could not overtake St. Ignatius this week.
3. University (17-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Red Devils appear to be hitting their stride. They’ve won five straight, including three wins last week over Urban (10-9), Marin Academy (16-6) and a solid Head-Royce (13-5) team.
4. Washington (16-8, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles had a pretty easy slate last week, but did not stumble against AAA foes Galileo (6-12), Burton (5-11) and ISA (1-15).
5. Mission (14-9, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Bears move up two spots and have won five straight after a blowout loss to No. 4 Washington two weeks ago, including three wins last week against O’Connell (3-6), Galileo and Burton.
6. Lincoln (14-10, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Mustangs drop a spot for the second week in a row after a loss to No. 8 Lowell, sandwiched between wins over ISA and No. 10 Wallenberg.
7. Riordan (7-12, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Crusaders trek through the WCAL has been rough, and last week was no exception. Losses to No. 2 Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Francis (11-8) rounded out a run of nine losses in their last 10 games.
8. Lowell (15-7, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals knocked off No. 6 Lincoln and Jordan (4-17) last week, but they are stuck at No. 8 again this week, mostly due to an uncharacteristic loss to Balboa (6-18) to open the week.
9. Stuart Hall (11-10, last week’s ranking: 10)
The Knights move up to their highest ranking of the season after a loss to Marin Academy to open the week, followed by wins over Drew (6-14) and Valley Christian (8-13).
10. Wallenberg (8-10, last week’s ranking: NR)
Last year’s AAA finalist makes their first appearance in the Top 10 this season. After beating last week’s No. 9 team Marshall (9-12) to open the week, they dropped games to Balboa and No. 6 Lincoln.
Also receiving votes: Marshall (9-12), Lick-Wilmerding (11-10) and Urban (10-9).