RANKINGS: Peninsula's Best in Hoops, Soccer

Hierarchy in boys and girls soccer quite uncertain a week before Central Coast Section playoffs; Patch's top-10 weekly selections much more stable in basketball.

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. 12.



1. Serra 17-7 (Last week: 1) McGrath buzzer-beater tops St. Francis in OT; Padres look for deep run in WCAL tournament 

2. Burlingame 21-3 (2) Business as usual – anything short of PAL tourney title will be big disappointment 

3. Sacred Heart Prep 20-2 (3) Class of WBAL will be heavy favorite to defend its CCS Division IV crown 

4. St. Francis 13-11 (4) After pair of close losses, Lancers hope to finally crack Serra in league tourney

5. Palo Alto 15-6 (5) Vikes 9-1 in SCVAL De Anza, can clinch outright title by beating last-place Los Gatos

6. Mountain View 19-4 (6) Needs one win in last two games to claim share of SCVAL El Camino crown

7. Gunn 14-9 (7) Losses to Cupertino (by three points) and Paly (by 21) leave Titans as middle-of-pack De Anza finisher

8. Pinewood 18-4 (8) Survived spirited challenge from Menlo School in first down-to-wire game in more than a month

9. El Camino 15-9 (NR) Finished second in PAL Bay at 6-4; would love a shot at Burlingame to win league tourney

10. Mills 16-8 (NR) Four-game win streak capped by beating Jeff propels Vikes to share of PAL Ocean title



1. Eastside College Prep 18-6 (Last week: 1) Fantastic rivalry with Pinewood sure to resume this week for WBAL supremacy

2. Pinewood 19-5 (2) Eackles (34 points, eight 3-pointers) leads way in 22-point win over tough Salesian squad

3. Terra Nova 20-4 (3) High-octane Tigers ready to wow bigger crowds in PAL tournament and CCS playoffs

4. Palo Alto 17-4 (4) Clutch Osagiede propels Vikes to road win over Gunn, SCVAL De Anza championship

5. Gunn 16-5 (5) Disappointed it can’t crack Paly; would love another shot at rival in CCS playoffs

6. Mills 15-7 (8) Finished solid 2nd in PAL Bay; owns one-point wins over Paly and Notre Dame

7. Menlo School 15-9 (6) Hits speed bump with defeat to SHP; are Knights too young to be a true CCS contender?

8. St. Francis 11-12 (9) Lancers reverse earlier loss to Notre Dame with double-digit road win

9. Notre Dame 11-13 (7) Losing streak at six games; can’t wait to take frustrations out on CCS field

10. Sacred Heart Prep 11-9 (10) Shakes off coaching turmoil to notch encouraging win over rival Menlo



1. Mountain View 14-1-3 (Last week: 1) Defended SCVAL De Anza crown with aplomb; Wilson closing in on scoring title

2. St. Francis 12-4-5 (2) Confidence could skyrocket or plummet on eve of CCS depending on result at St. Ignatius

3. Serra 9-7-5 (5) Improving Padres get a no-pressure shot at powerful Bellarmine in WCAL tourney semis

4. Burlingame 13-4-2 (4) Huge win (M-A) followed by surprising loss (Woodside); now co-PAL Bay championship with M-A seems likely

5. Menlo-Atherton 11-3-2 (3) Disappointed with showing in Burlingame loss; will need better focus to win in postseason

6. Palo Alto 8-2-8 (7) Confounding 4-0-7 De Anza record; Vikes can play with anyone but struggle to put most teams away

7. Woodside 9-5-3 (10) Peaking ‘Cats top Carlmont, stun Burlingame; Bustos has young team on 4-game win streak

8. Los Altos 9-6-2 (6) Skidding at wrong time – Eagles have lost three straight with CCS fast approaching

9. Sacred Heart Prep 16-0-1 (9) WBAL champs wrapping up regular season for the ages; much tougher opponents await

10. Carlmont 9-7-3 (8) Streaky Scots snap 3-game winless skid, need strong week to boost confidence for postseason



1. St. Francis 14-2-3 (Last week: 1) Just missed WCAL round-robin crown; has scored 2+ goals in 7 straight matches

2. Mountain View 13-2-4 (2) Surprising draw vs. Homestead may not be costly; can clinch SCVAL De Anza title by beating Paly

3. Aragon 11-2-5 (4) PAL Bay championship hopes take blow with tie vs. Carlmont; fourth-place Dons still hottest in league

4. Burlingame 10-3-4 (5) Sits in three-way tie atop Bay with San Mateo, Woodside; two wins = 3rd league title in 4 years

5. San Mateo 10-4-2 (3) Suddenly vulnerable after losing to Aragon, Burlingame; has easiest title path (@ Terra Nova, Carlmont)

6. Los Altos 7-5-7 (6) Eagles look to reverse earlier loss to Monta Vista in De Anza finale to build playoff momentum

7. Woodside 11-5-1 (7) Thursday finale likely to be highest-stakes battle to date in great rivalry with Burlingame

8. Gunn 8-6-5 (8) Impressive recent results (Los Gatos tie, Monta Vista win) suggest Titans are peaking at perfect time

9. Carlmont 8-8-3 (NR) Snapped Aragon’s 7-game win streak with draw; CCS hopes hinge on positive results vs. Burlingame, San Mateo

10. Sacred Heart Prep 12-4-3 (10) WBAL Foothill champs’ defense appears to be tightening after late-season lull

Chris Dobbrow February 18, 2011 at 03:37 AM
There are 3 very good teams in Half Moon Bay (Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball and Boys Soccer) that deserve some recognition. Two are PAL Ocean champs, both basketball teams can go deep into the PAL playoffs and all three can go deep in CCS.


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