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 (17-5, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish regain the top spot after wins over No. 3 St. Ignatius and St. Francis (13-9) last week, but the honor may be bitter-sweet, as they missed an opportunity to gain a share of first place with a loss to powerhouse Mitty (20-2). Before the Mitty loss, the Irish had won six consecutive WCAL games.
2. University (19-5, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Red Devils move up a spot and took control of the BCL West race with double-digit wins over Drew (6-16) and No. 8 Stuart Hall last week. University has won eight consecutive BCL West games after their only league loss to Marin Academy.
3. St. Ignatius (14-8, last week’s ranking: 1)
The Wildcats held the top spot in our poll for the past three weeks, but drop two spots after arguably their worst week of the season. It began with a double-digit loss to rival Sacred Heart Cathedral, then continued with losses to WCAL foes Mitty and St. Francis.
4. Washington (18-8, last week’s ranking: 4)
It’s hard to argue that the Eagles aren’t playing the best basketball in the AAA as they’ve won seven straight after their lone loss to Lincoln. They continued their hot streak last week, with lopsided wins over O’Connell (3-8) and last week’s, No. 10 team Wallenberg (9-11).
5. Mission (16-9, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Bears hold on to the No. 5 spot, and may be showing some of last season’s championship form, after a blowout win over ISA (1-18) and a 13-point win over No. 10 Lowell last week.
6. Lincoln (16-10, last week’s ranking: 6)
Like the other AAA contenders, the Mustangs held form last week, with wins over Galileo (6-15) and O’Connell.
7. Riordan (8-14, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Crusaders began the week with their fifth and sixth consecutive WCAL losses to Serra (16-6) and Bellarmine (12-9), but broke the streak with a blowout win over Valley Christian (7-14).
8. Stuart Hall (12-11, last week’s ranking: 9)
The Knights hop up a spot for the second week in a row after a win over Lick-Wilmerding (12-11) and a loss to No. 2 University last week.
9. Marshall (11-12, last week’s ranking: NR)
After falling out of the Top 10 last week, the Phoenix responded with wins over No. 10 Lowell and Burton (5-14) to enter once again.
10. Lowell (15-9, last week’s ranking: 8)
The Cardinals have been up and down this season, but last week was a significant down, with losses to No. 9 Marshall and No. 5 Mission.
Also receiving votes: Lick-Wilmerding (12-11), Wallenberg (9-11) and Bay (16-6).