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Retiring the Racquet: Badminton holds memorable senior night on April 27

Retiring the Racquet: Badminton holds memorable senior night on April 27

Roshan Fernandez

May 7, 2017


Filed under Badminton, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]parkly silver tiaras rested on the seniors’ heads as they stood outside the field house waiting for a cue. For the beginning of their senior night, they'd replaced the badminton racquets they normally held with glittery, colorful wands. And once they were called inside by a former...

Softball: Team blows out Wilcox HS

Softball: Team blows out Wilcox HS

Akshara Majjiga

May 6, 2017


Filed under Softball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]espite the blistering afternoon heat, the MVHS softball team took the field on May 4 ready to compete. The team was dominant on defense throughout the game, holding Wilcox HS scoreless through all five innings. After MVHS was able to secure the three outs necessary for a quick endi...

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Roshan Fernandez

May 6, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]U[/dropcap]p against a Los Altos HS team with a 2-10 league record, the Matadors came into their senior night game feeling confident of a win. After a brief ceremony for seniors Prathik Rao and Yash Hegde, MVHS took the court and the players seemed laid back, all smiling and sharing jokes. “I...

Boys volleyball: No longer undefeated

Boys volleyball: No longer undefeated

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 28, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Update: Shen is defensive as Libero. Rao played in the second set. Clapping sequences followed blocks, not kills. The team has five sophomores.  [dropcap]A[/dropcap] series of "ooh-ooh ah-ah's" followed by a clapping sequence came from the Homestead High School crowd. It was nearly the end of the l...

Take it from the players: MVHS pushes past Saratoga HS in straight sets

Take it from the players: MVHS pushes past Saratoga HS in straight sets

Om Khandekar

April 25, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game Reviews, SPORTS

It’s not every game that MVHS takes on Mercury News boys volleyball Player of the Year, Joel Schneidmiller, as an opponent. For sophomore Nikhil Bapat, it was a reality he had to face when MVHS went up against Saratoga HS and their dynamic 6-foot 6-inch hitter. For most of the first set, SHS and MVHS ...

Photo Gallery: Badminton triumphs over Gunn HS 19-11

Photo Gallery: Badminton triumphs over Gunn HS 19-11

Roshan Fernandez

April 23, 2017


Filed under Badminton, SPORTS, Spring Sports

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen the MVHS badminton team first filed into the field house on April 18, the players were smiling, sharing jokes and relaxing. The atmosphere in the building was calm and carefree. That was, up until the matches started. Then the laughter stopped, and the players began to focus for...

Off the high dive

Off the high dive

Akshara Majjiga

April 21, 2017


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Features, Spring Sports, Swimming & Diving

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]n seventh grade, a couple of years after junior Demetra Williams first launched into her diving career, she recalls being asked if diving even qualified as a sport. The boy who asked her was confused; he assumed divers just climbed a ladder and jumped off of a board, not really noticing...

Softball: Team conquered by Mountain View HS 1-3

Softball: Team conquered by Mountain View HS 1-3

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 21, 2017


Filed under Softball, SPORTS

[dropcap]P[/dropcap]arents sat in the stands, hands shading their heads as the sun emerged from behind the pines in the two last innings of the game. Many had lost attention with the score lingering at 1-3. But an unexpected hit from junior Anne-Marie Manley redrew the attention of the crowd as the...

Baseball: MVHS defeats Gunn HS 2-0 in shutout

Baseball: MVHS defeats Gunn HS 2-0 in shutout

Himani Yalamaddi

April 19, 2017


Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Written by Michelle Wong. After losing three straight games, the Matadors finally added a game to their win column, defeating Gunn HS 2-0 on April 19. Though GHS was able to get runners on base, senior Allen Iwamoto's strong pitching allowed him to throw a complete game shutout. Click through the phot...

Boys volleyball: Coach celebrates 200th career win against Los Altos HS

Boys volleyball: Coach celebrates 200th career win against Los Altos HS

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 17, 2017


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he MVHS crowd full of attentive parents cheered as sophomore Apoorv Pachori prepared to serve. The Matador bench yelled “push one” with the score at 24-19, and sophomore Gautham Dasari closed the game with a clear kill. This point would not only add on to the Matadors’ leagu...

Sports flash: Photos from MVHS athletics

Sports flash: Photos from MVHS athletics

Om Khandekar

April 17, 2017


Filed under Badminton, Baseball, Boys Volleyball, From the magazine, SPORTS, Track & Field

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Q and A: Bianca Yongyuth

Q and A: Bianca Yongyuth

Stephanie Lam

April 17, 2017


Filed under SPORTS, Swimming & Diving

Freshman Bianca Yongyuth discovered her affinity for water nine years ago, as a 5-year-old. She currently swims year-round with the Santa Clara Swim Club and for the Matadors in the spring, as a freshman on varsity. Yongyuth’s love for swimming has taken her to swim meets across the country, from Califo...