SanFranPreps.com Boys Basketball Top 10: Sacred Heart atop final poll
Every week 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 (23-7)
After rolling through the Central Coast Section Division III playoffs, the Irish got a terrible draw in their first game of the Northern California regional playoffs, where they fell to Bishop O’Dowd, who will play for the D-III state championship Saturday. Hard to put them anywhere else but the top after a second place finish in the West Catholic Athletic League and a CCS title.
2. University (28-7)
After impressive runs in the early rounds of the North Coast Section and Northern California regional playoffs, St. Joseph Notre Dame stood firmly in the way of the Red Devils’ quest for their first league title. As the region’s second-best Division V team, University has nothing to be ashamed of.
3. St. Ignatius (17-10)
The Wildcats exited earlier than expected in the WCAL and CCS playoffs, but were not short on marquee wins this season. I’m sure when St. Ignatius looks back on their season after some time, they’ll hang their hat on clinching the Bruce-Mahoney trophy against No. 1 Sacred Heart Cathedral and serving Mitty, which will play for the Division II state title on Saturday, one of its two losses.
4. Washington (25-10)
The Eagles’ first Academic Athletic Association title in 29 years was not marred by their first-round exit to Santa Teresa in the stacked NorCal Division I playoffs. It will be interesting to see how Washington rebounds next season, after losing three of the AAA’s best players to graduation.
5. Mission (23-11)
The Bears’ return to the AAA championship game with almost an entirely different starting lineup surprised some, but with almost all of their core players returning, they should be league favorites next season.
6. Riordan (9-18)
The Crusaders’ record may not look like anything close to impressive, but other than their two losses to Mitty, they were in nearly every WCAL game. If this season was tough for the Riordan faithful, next season could be worse, with the loss of leading scorer and senior leader Aaron Anderson to graduation.
7. Lowell (21-10)
What made Lowell’s season so impressive was the fact that they were successful without a genuine scorer, in a league that has plenty. Instead they leaned on the AAA’s best defense, led by senior Ricco Price.
8. Lincoln (20-13)
It was hard not to root for the Mustangs after the death of head coach Mike Gragnani, and for a while they appeared to be primed for a significant run in the AAA. But as the season progressed the weight they carried seemed to take a toll, as they lost key games down the stretch after a quick start in league play.
9. Stuart Hall (16-13)
After a 20-point loss to Marin Academy at home in late January, the Knights played their best ball, winning seven of their final 10 games, including two wins over Marin Academy.
10. Wallenberg (14-13)
After an average performance in the AAA regular season, the Bulldogs upset Lincoln in the first round of the league playoffs then nearly did it again in the semifinals against Mission.
Also receiving votes: Marshall (13-6), Waldorf (17-9) and Bay (19-8).