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No kap: How Colin Kaepernick went from kneeling on the field to kneeling on the sidelines

No kap: How Colin Kaepernick went from kneeling on the field to kneeling on the sidelines

Rana Aghababazadeh, Co-editor-in-chief

September 5, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

ll football games start with the national anthem, showing the patriotism of sports teams, leagues and fans in the country. Athletes and fans alike are expected to stand and put their right hand over their heart. But in 2016, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand and kneeled during the ...

The threepeat

The threepeat

Rana Aghababazadeh, Editor-in-chief

May 22, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Spring Sports

For the third year in a row, the MVHS boys volleyball team played Bellarmine College Preparatory in the Central Coast Sections at Saint Francis HS, this time in the finals. The boys won their first game against BCP earlier in the season with a score of 3-0 and lost a neutral game at the Bellarmine tourname...

Rana Aghababazadeh

Rana Aghababazadeh

April 26, 2018


Filed under Uncategorized

Rana is a third-year member of El Estoque and is currently a co-editor-in-chief. She is a former sports editor and enjoys covering basketball and volleyball. In her free time, she enjoys playing movie scores on the piano and watching Billboard's Top 50 hip-hop and R&B Songs of the Week.

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Last week’s rundown of MVHS boys volleyball

Rana Aghababazadeh

March 7, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, Game of the Week, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks, Spring Sports

"Win leagues. Win CCS. Win NorCals." The boys volleyball team has been repeating this phrase consistently for the last three years, yet every year they have fallen short. The team came close last season, with a nearly  undefeated record, but eventually fell to Bellarmine College Preparatory in the ...

Girls soccer: Close win over Lynbrook HS seals Matadors’ second seed position in

Girls soccer: Close win over Lynbrook HS seals Matadors’ second seed position in

Rana Aghababazadeh

February 6, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Soccer, SPORTS, Winter Sports

  ust a few seconds after senior Nanda Nayak retreated from the Lynbrook HS goal after scoring, her team slapping her back and shouting her name, junior Samantha Chan came in from behind the LHS defensive line and sealed another goal for MVHS, making the score 2-0 just ten minutes into the ga...

Girls soccer: Team easily wins over Cupertino HS despite the weather conditions

Girls soccer: Team easily wins over Cupertino HS despite the weather conditions

Rana Aghababazadeh

February 5, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Soccer, SPORTS, Winter Sports

ith rain on the way and the wind nearly blowing the team tent off the ground, several players on the MVHS girls soccer team were seen rubbing their hands together, hopping from leg to leg while waiting in line for their warm-up drills. Just on the other end of the field was the Cupertino HS team, si...

Girls volleyball: Team wins first round of CCS playoffs

Girls volleyball: Team wins first round of CCS playoffs

Rana Aghababazadeh

November 7, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports, Game Reviews, Girls Volleyball, SPORTS

Update: MVHS loses in quarterfinals against San Benito HS 2-3.  n Wednesday, Nov. 1, the MVHS girls volleyball team played in their first CCS game of the season against Milpitas HS. Although the Matadors fell behind by several points in the second and third sets, they went on to win the match 3-0. ...

Girls tennis: Seniors play last league game

Girls tennis: Seniors play last league game

Rana Aghababazadeh

November 4, 2017


Filed under Fall Sports, Game Reviews, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

n Oct. 23, the MVHS girls tennis team won their matches against Lynbrook 6-1 and victoriously walked over to the gym lobby with flowers, food and posters to prepare to celebrate the team's seniors for their last game. The team set up the night, putting up streamers and decorating the gym lobby with ...

Boys water polo: Reffing a divergent game

Boys water polo: Reffing a divergent game

Rana Aghababazadeh

October 17, 2017


Filed under Boys Water Polo, SPORTS

wo games. That’s how many games the MVHS boys water polo team has won this season. And those two almost turned into three in the Matadors’ game on Oct.16 against Harker HS. The game was close for the first three quarters with MVHS playing catch-up every time HHS got ahead. But as MVHS fell short in...

Boys water polo: The long shot against Los Altos HS

Boys water polo: The long shot against Los Altos HS

Rana Aghababazadeh

September 21, 2017


Filed under Boys Water Polo, Fall Sports, Game Reviews, SPORTS

oming off a loss against Mountain View HS four days before, the team’s morale only sank after hearing that their next opponent, LAHS, had a large selection of exceptional club players. The game was a hard-hit for MVHS as LAHS consistently pushed their offense and securing nine goals in the second...