El Estoque

Athlete of the Month: Luke Bowman

Athlete of the Month: Luke Bowman

Lance Tong

October 23, 2019

ophomore Luke Bowman has been surrounded by water polo players since he was a child. His dad and sister both played, so it was only natural for him to start in sixth grade. At first, Bowman saw an athletic career in soccer, but liked the challenge of playing a different sport and using a new skill ...

Boys Water Polo: MVHS narrowly defeats Lynbrook HS 12-11

Boys Water Polo: MVHS narrowly defeats Lynbrook HS 12-11

Stuti Upadhyay, Kamyar Moradi

September 14, 2019

The Matadors outlast LHS to win their first league game of the season

Girls Water Polo: The defeat against Santa Clara HS 15-17

Girls Water Polo: The defeat against Santa Clara HS 15-17

Rana Aghababazadeh and Tabitha Mendez

October 17, 2018

VHS girls water polo head coach Chris Love gathered the girls before the game for their usual team talk, followed by a chant led by one of the captains before the start of the game. Only few minutes into the game, a series of shouting and complaints arose from both coaches, as well as the SCHS crowd....

Boys water polo: Matadors narrowly lose senior night to Palo Alto HS

Boys water polo: Matadors narrowly lose senior night to Palo Alto HS

Roshan Fernandez

October 24, 2017

olorful ribbons and posters lined the pool deck, a table with cake, drinks, and other snacks sat up against the wall, and fans filed into the MVHS pool area, filling the bleachers until they were packed to capacity. Coming into their senior night game against Palo Alto HS, the Matadors knew it woul...

Boys water polo: Reffing a divergent game

Boys water polo: Reffing a divergent game

Rana Aghababazadeh

October 17, 2017

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: Team loses to Los Gatos HS 6-10

Boys water polo: Team loses to Los Gatos HS 6-10

Roshan Fernandez

October 11, 2017

he sun was setting on the horizon, casting golden rays that bounced off the MVHS swimming pool as the boys water polo team prepared to play Los Gatos HS in one of their last home games of the season. After losing to LGHS earlier in Sept. by a score of 7-14, the boys anticipated a tough game that they ho...

Boys water polo: Team’s loss to Homestead HS marks halfway point of season

Boys water polo: Team’s loss to Homestead HS marks halfway point of season

Aanchal Garg

September 28, 2017

he bleachers were filled with parents from both sides, anxious to secure the win for their respective teams. The cheers and mumbles from the crowd added to the competitive environment, one that would only escalate as the game went on. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the MVHS boys water polo team played again...

Boys water polo: Team loses to Gunn HS 4-19

Boys water polo: Team loses to Gunn HS 4-19

Emma Lam

September 21, 2017

n Tuesday, Sept. 19, the MVHS boys water polo team had their second home game, this time against Gunn High School. While parents filled the bleachers ready to cheer on their kids, players from both teams dove into the pool and warmed up for the match. As the boys water polo’s partner sport, the MVHS ...

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

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...

Water Polo: A fresh start

Water Polo: A fresh start

ZaZu Lippert

August 12, 2017

Co-reported by Anish Vasudevan.  ollowing a rocky last season after both varsity teams finished with losing records, the water polo program is looking to bounce back and pave way for stronger and more successful teams this year. Now with new coaches, a new regiment and a newer purpose of establish...

Photo gallery: Boys water polo defeats Wilcox HS

Photo gallery: Boys water polo defeats Wilcox HS

Roshan Fernandez

September 28, 2016

On the very first play of the game, MVHS took the lead. And it stayed that way for the entire game. The Matadors scored five first quarter goals in a quick start, and were able to hold on for their first home victory of the season. Relentless shooting had the Wilcox HS players scrambling back to defend....