The boys' basketball co-champions of the Modesto Metro Conference -- Gregori and Johansen high schools -- got good and bad news when the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff seedings were announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Jags and Vikings did move up in the Division 2 seedings, to No. 11 and No. 13 respectively, but neither seed was high enough to avoid having to participate in Friday's play-in round.
Gregori will host No. 22 Atwater on Friday, while Johansen will host No. 20 Cordova. All games in the first three rounds of the section playoffs will be played on home sites with 7 p.m. tipoffs.
In other play-in round games featuring Stanislaus District teams, Vacaville will visit Buhach Colony in Division 2 boys. In Division 4 girls, Los Banos will host San Juan and Mariposa will host Hilmar.
There was shuffling from the final power ratings in the brackets, some of which benefited local teams. Modesto Christian leapfrogged Sierra for the top spot in Division 3 boys, with the Timbervolves holding onto the No. 2 seed. Central Catholic's boys jumped over Capital Christian to grab the top spot in Division 5 boys, with Ripon Christian holding onto the No. 3 spot.
On the girls' side, a single loss to Merced was enough to push Buhach Colony from No. 4 to No. 8 in Division 2, while Modesto Christian fell from No. 4 to No. 6 in Division 3 after its loss to Ripon. But the Indians, looking to move up from No. 4 in Division 4 after beating the Crusaders, instead were bumped to No. 5, which could cost Ripon a second-round home game.
For the girls playoff brackets, click here.
For the boys playoff brackets, click here.
We'll have more on this story later in the day.