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 (23-6, last week’s ranking: 2)
The Irish move back into the top spot after a dominating run through the CIF-Central Coast Section Division III playoffs, where they outscored opponents by an average of 20 points. They capped their run with a championship win over Burlingame (26-4) and easily handled Aptos (23-6) in the semifinals.
2. University (26-6, last week’s ranking: 1)
Like Sacred Heart two weeks ago, the Red Devils drop from the top spot after a disheartening loss, which came to St. Joseph Notre Dame (23-8) in the CIF-North Coast Section Division V final. In the NCS semifinals, University looked dominant, easily dispatching Head-Royce (21-7).
3. St. Ignatius (17-10, last week’s ranking: 3)
The Wildcats hold onto the third spot, but just barely, as their exit in the CCS semifinals to Burlingame dropped them in some voters’ polls.
4. Washington (25-9, last week’s ranking: 5)
The Eagles flip flop with Mission for the second consecutive week after avenging their loss to the Bears in the AAA championship game, after a double-digit win over No. 7 Lowell in the semifinals.
5. Mission (23-10, last week’s ranking: 4)
The Bears drop back behind Washington due to their loss to the Eagles in the AAA championship game, after narrowly escaping against No. 10 Wallenberg in the semifinals.
6. Riordan (9-18, last week’s ranking: 6)
The Crusaders’ season ended early and they had no games last week, but they hold onto the sixth spot.
7. Lowell (21-10, last week’s ranking: 7)
The Cardinals’ season ended at the hands of eventual-champion Washington in the AAA semis, but appear to be locked in to the No. 7 spot.
8. Lincoln (20-13, last week’s ranking: 8)
No games for the Mustangs this week, as their season ended with an upset loss to No. 10 Wallenberg two weeks ago in the AAA playoffs.
9. Stuart Hall (16-13, last week’s ranking: 9)
Same story for the Knights, still in the Top 10, even though their season is over.
10. Wallenberg (14-13, last week’s ranking: NR)
The Bulldogs enter the Top 10 after a week where the didn’t get a win, but they pushed Mission to the brink in the AAA semifinals.
Also receiving votes: Waldorf (16-9) and Jewish Community (16-8).