It’s the final boys golf season competing in the Central California Conference for Turlock and Pitman High and both are hungry to close out their final year on top of the league standings when the year ends.
In order to do so, both are depending on their returners and newcomers to assist them in what could be a historical season.
Turlock is chasing their third straight title, while Pitman is eyeing to challenge their crosstown foe for the final CCC title after placing third just a year ago.
“I’m proud to see the guys grind each day to improve their game. This will be our last season in the CCC before we move to the Big 6 conference (C-CAL),” said Pitman head coach Matt Jeans.
“We are going for our third consecutive CCC title. Seven in my career,” said Turlock head coach Jason Boswell. “Different feelings with leaving the CCC, but ultimately excited for the new challenge.”
The new challenge is competing in the Central California Athletic League in the years to come, a newly formed league that includes both Turlock schools and four Modesto schools.
At the moment, the goal is the CCC title and both Turlock and Pitman are off to the right start.
They kicked off league with a win and are off to a 1-0 start.
“We are hoping to compete for a league title and advance to Masters as a team,” said Boswell.
Turlock is returning three guys, including Preston Magina, Connor Old and Fletcher Bacon.
The team also consists of sophomore Paul Envia, senior Jacob Lobao and junior Eztevan Lopez.
“We want to break 400 at some point this year,” Boswell added.
Pitman’s team is made up of Conner Cook, Steven Bishop, Marcus Hawley and Derek Nevarez to name a few.
“This will be Steven Shamogochian’s last season,” said Jeans. “He has played all four seasons. Also, our boys have put in a lot of time in the offseason and they are seeing the results from their hard work. We are looking to finish strong and qualify for playoffs as a team.”