El Estoque

Falling out of rhythm

Falling out of rhythm

Sreya Kumar

December 4, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

How I started dancing for my younger self

Girls Soccer: MVHS edge out Branham HS in low scoring game

Girls Soccer: MVHS edge out Branham HS in low scoring game

Rajas Habbu, Kamyar Moradi, and Anish Vasudevan

December 3, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Soccer, SPORTS

After losing their first game of the season 5-0 against Pioneer HS, the Matadors were hoping to bounce back and secure a win in their first home game on Nov. 27. MVHS faced Branham HS, a team that beat them 3-0 in the 2017 season. The game started off slow, with neither team dominating possession. Howeve...

Cross Country: Girls team wins CCS championship at Salinas

Cross Country: Girls team wins CCS championship at Salinas

Anish Vasudevan, Herman Saini, and Ankit Gupta

December 1, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, SPORTS

Senior Sarah Feng screamed with excitement as she crossed the finish line. She looked left, then right, spotting her teammates who had finished and were anxiously waiting. They had succeeded in securing first seed in the race and, just like that, the MVHS girls Cross Country team were crowned champions. ...

The bottom line

The bottom line

Brandon Ng

November 27, 2018


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t was unacceptable and I knew it afterward. Being up by 10 points in a volleyball match is almost a guaranteed victory. And of course, the team I played for proceeded to squander that lead. By the time the score was tied, I was fed up with the team I was playing with. I was trying to get the win for...

Starting young

Starting young

Anish Vasudevan and Oishee Misra

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

Match point. Junior Evan Yu bounced the ball up and down, closing his eyes and letting his muscle memory take over. He bounced the ball once. Twice. Thrice. Six times. He visualized the outcome of the point and the strokes he had to make to win the game. Picturing the fundamental strokes he taught o...

The dream team

The dream team

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

I’ve always played for one reason — myself. Tennis is an individual sport, so all the sacrifices I put into the sport were only for myself. This year, I realized playing on a team meant that I was playing for my teammates, representing my school — not for a ranking or a trophy. This was the first...

The mental game

The mental game

Roshan Fernandez and Rajas Habbu

November 21, 2018


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or senior Akshay Gopalkrishnan, basketball has always been about his physical status. His coaches stress the importance of staying in shape, avoiding injuries and being able to perform at his fullest potential during games. But, Gopalkrishnan admits, there is a whole other side to athletics — the m...

Strength in numbers

Tyler Cho, Staff Writer

November 20, 2018


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She sprinted out the door, balancing a half-eaten bowl of oatmeal in one hand while she tried to tie back her hair. Her unzipped soccer bag swung around, revealing the mess of wrinkled clothes, shin guards and power bars inside. Clambering into the back seat her car, she set the oatmeal aside as she ...

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal

Girls Tennis: Team falls in CCS quarterfinal

Anish Vasudevan and Sreya Kumar

November 11, 2018


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

Sophomore Brooke Young stood beside the tennis courts, sweat dotted her forehead as her eyes stayed fixed on the remaining matches on the court. Needing just three more of her teammates to win their matches, she nervously awaited the results. The Matadors headed into Thursday’s match against Palo Alt...