RANKINGS: Peninsula's Best in Hoops, Soccer

Patch's top-10 weekly selections include widespread shifting in girls basketball, plenty of movement in soccer.

Who's the best on the Peninsula? Here are Patch's high school rankings for basketball and soccer teams.

The weekly rankings are drawn from all San Mateo County schools, as well as schools in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Records include games played through Saturday, Feb. 5.



1. Serra 16-6 (Last week: 1) 53-52 road loss to Bells drops Padres’ WCAL record away from home to 2-4

2. Burlingame 19-3 (2) Set tone for 49-36 PAL Bay win vs. M-A with 11-2 first quarter; clinched eighth league title in nine years

3. Sacred Heart Prep 18-2 (3) 77-58 win vs. Pinewood clears path for WBAL title; outscoring opponents by 23.7 during 14-game win streak

4. St. Francis 13-9 (4) Lancers shock SI with 56-49 road win, move into tie for third in WCAL with Serra

5. Palo Alto 14-6 (5) Rallies from 25-13 down at halftime for inspired 45-42 SCVAL De Anza win vs. Cupertino

6. Mountain View 18-4 (6) 54-45 SCVAL El Camino loss to Milpitas snaps 9-game win streak, cuts first-place Spartans’ lead to 1 game

7. Gunn 14-7 (7) Drops into two-way tie for second in SCVAL De Anza with 55-43 loss to Homestead; 2 games back of Paly headed into rivalry game (Fri.)

8. Pinewood 16-4 (8) WBAL title hopes dashed after loss to SHP, but Panthers figure to be a force in CCS Div. V playoffs

9. Menlo-Atherton 12-10 (9) Couldn't keep up with Burlingame in 49-36 PAL Bay loss, play Woodside on Friday for second place

10. Jefferson 12-9 (10) 55-40 PAL Ocean loss to HMB stings, but Indians still locked in two-way tie for first with Carlmont



1. Eastside College Prep 16-6 (Last week: 2) Harvey's miracle 3 leads Panthers to 44-40 OT WBAL Foothill toppling of mighty Pinewood

2. Pinewood 16-5 (1) Rebounds from tough OT loss to Eastside with a vengeance, trounces SHP 71-30

3. Terra Nova 18-4 (3) Tigers clinched share of PAL Bay; Jr. G Moe on brink of school scoring record

4. Palo Alto 16-4 (4) First-place Paly 9-0 in SCVAL De Anza after wins vs. Monta Vista, Wilcox, eager to top rival Gunn again (Fri.)

5. Gunn 14-4 (5) Bounces back from upset loss to Mountain View with 48-34 SCVAL De Anza drubbing of Monta Vista

6. Menlo School 15-7 (8) Clinches third in WBAL Foothill with 70-61 win vs. Mercy; wraps up league Friday with SHP rivalry game

7. Notre Dame 11-11 (7) Tigers fall to 2-8 in WCAL after 46-38 loss to Presentation

8. Mills 14-6 (9) Vikes second in PAL Bay, have won 8 of 10 entering Terra Nova showdown (Tues.)   

9. St. Francis 11-10 (6) 63-26 loss to SI payback for earlier upset, drops Lancers to 3-7 in WCAL

10. Sacred Heart Prep 10-8 (10) 45-44 loss to Mercy a nice showing for rebuilding Gators



1. Mountain View 13-1-3 (Last week: 1) Has scored at least two goals in each of last seven SCVAL De Anza games

2. St. Francis 11-3-5 (2) Rather uninspiring run of late – hasn’t earned a notable win since beating Mitty on Jan. 12

3. Menlo-Atherton 10-3-2 (4) Control of PAL Bay at stake in Wednesday’s showdown at Burlingame

4. Burlingame 12-3-2 (3) Draw at Sequoia a surprising blemish; looks to reverse earlier loss against M-A

5. Serra 7-7-5 (5) Suddenly surging Padres beat St. Ignatius and tie Bells in frantic push for CCS playoff eligibility

6. Los Altos 9-4-2 (8) 2-1 loss to Mountain View essentially ends De Anza title hopes; strong bet to finish second

7. Palo Alto 7-2-7 (6) Battling Saratoga for De Anza’s final CCS spot; beating Los Gatos would give breathing room

8. Carlmont 8-6-3 (7) Shocking 3-3 tie with Westmoor caps two-game week in which Scots allowed six goals

9. Sacred Heart Prep 14-0-1 (10) Dominant run to WBAL crown nearly complete after beating second-place Priory

10. Woodside 7-5-3 (NR) Would pass Carlmont for third in PAL Bay with road win over Scots on Wednesday



1. St. Francis 12-2-3 (Last week: 1) Beat mighty Mitty but needs Valley to dent Monarchs to aid WCAL title hopes

2. Mountain View 12-2-3 (2) Leads Los Gatos by one point in SCVAL De Anza and has easier remaining slate than ‘Cats

3. San Mateo 10-2-2 (4) Would take commanding lead in PAL Bay by downing hard-charging Aragon on Tuesday

4. Aragon 10-2-4 (5) Tantalizing battle – Dons have won six straight, Bearcats unbeaten in last seven

5. Burlingame 8-3-4 (3) Costly loss to Aragon means Panthers need help to get back in Bay title race

6. Los Altos 5-5-6 (6) Losses to Los Gatos & Mountain View leave little margin for error in hunt for CCS spot

7. Woodside 9-5-1 (7) Defensive struggles (one shutout in last five Bay games) a culprit as ‘Cats sink to third-place tie

8. Gunn 7-6-5 (9) Rousing win over Paly breaks 7-game game winless streak, aids confidence in battle for CCS spot

9. Palo Alto 5-8-2 (8) Playoff picture looks very grim with De Anza murderers’ row on deck in last four games

10. Sacred Heart Prep 10-4-3 (10) Beating Priory on Thursday would likely secure third straight WBAL crown

L.A. Chung February 07, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Hi, Jennifer: I attended Homestead (along with Cupertino Jr. High School back when it was a junior high, and Grant School before it became a park). ...And our sports editors now know that. :-) We're hoping to make amends, but won't have the sports staff to cover the games. We'll do what we can and if you have suggestions of what you'd like to see reported, let us know! Feel free to ping me at lachung@patch.com
Big Hurt February 09, 2011 at 06:07 AM
Your insistence that Serra is the No. 1 basketball team in this area is wearing thin. They’ve lost four of their last seven games! Obviously, Burlingame and SHP play in inferior leagues, but they haven’t lost since December. The Chronicle has both of them way in front of Serra. What will it take for Serra to drop out of your top spot?
Scott Campbell February 09, 2011 at 11:03 PM
Big Hurt, thanks for weighing in. We’ve never been closer from dropping Serra out of the #1 spot than this past weekend. You’re right – the Padres are in a skid. To this point, we’ve felt that Serra’s 21-point win over Burlingame (and Burlingame’s comfortable win over Sacred Heart Prep) in mid-December clearly showed the local hierarchy. Mitch Stephens seems to be on an island with his Chronicle rankings. All other rankings I can find, including PrepFeed-Kiefer CCS Top 20 and CalPreps.com, agree with Patch in having Serra in front of Burlingame and SHP. However, if Burlingame continues to pile up double-digit wins and Serra loses to Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Francis this week, it would be tough not to put the surging Panthers on top. It’s a great debate – would Burlingame beat Serra if the teams played tonight?
Tim Chafee February 14, 2011 at 05:45 PM
BHS Girls Varsity is now in a 3 way tie with San Mateo and Woodside High
Scott Campbell February 14, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Tim, you're right. But you're commenting on last Monday's rankings. The latest rankings -- which came out early this morning -- give a brief synopsis of what should be a fantastic final week of girls soccer in the wild PAL Bay Division. Four teams within one point of each other with two games left! Who is the favorite?


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