El Estoque

Girls volleyball: Team loses season opener to Palo Alto HS

Girls volleyball: Team loses season opener to Palo Alto HS

Julia Yang, Kamyar Moradi, and Collin Qian

September 16, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Volleyball, SPORTS

On Sept. 11, the MVHS girls volleyball team entered the field house excited for their first home game of the season. However, with all the excitement also came nervousness as they had lost to their tough opponent — Palo Alto HS — the year before. “I felt like we were pretty prepared, like we definitely did p...

How two MVHS students found their love for fencing

How two MVHS students found their love for fencing

Collin Qian and Ankit Gupta

September 5, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, SPORTS

rom traveling to Paris on a school week to representing a whole entire country at an international competition, MVHS sophomores Isak Westelius and Richie Hsiung have dedicated countless days and nights in order to compete at the highest levels in one of the world’s most cerebral sports — fenc...

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 ...

From dream to reality

From dream to reality

Rajas Habbu

September 1, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS

It was February 2016 and I was a freshman, eager to be joining the ranks of the MVHS volleyball team and donning the purple and gold. Throughout tryouts, I’d find myself gazing at the purple championship banners with gold embroidery. There was one there for every sport. Every sport except volleyball. ...

Helmet game liveblog: Football vs Cupertino HS

Helmet game liveblog: Football vs Cupertino HS

Roshan Fernandez, Rana Aghababazadeh, and Keshav Taneja

August 31, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Football, SPORTS

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Matadors stun Westmont HS beating them 22-12

Matadors stun Westmont HS beating them 22-12

Julia Yang, Tabitha Mendez, Collin Qian, and Kamyar Moradi

August 30, 2018


Filed under Football, Game Reviews, SPORTS

The team is excited about its strong start in the first game of the season beating Westmont for the first time in three years

From the sideline to the front line

From the sideline to the front line

Anish Vasudevan

August 29, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

I heard a thud. Four yards away, I watched the quarterback of my junior varsity football team get slammed to the ground by an enormous linebacker, a kid that looked too big to even be on junior varsity. I watched in shock as he laid there motionless waiting for the arrival of the trainer. I glanced to my...

Field Hockey: Matadors deal with first loss of the season

Field Hockey: Matadors deal with first loss of the season

Sreya Kumar, Kamyar Moradi, and Keshav Taneja

August 27, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Field Hockey, Game Reviews, SPORTS

The MVHS field hockey team played its first game of the regular season against Leigh HS on Thursday, Aug. 23. Despite hazy conditions, the team fervently prepped for their game, eager to face their opponents in the first match of the year. Leigh was offensively dominant from the start, completing long p...

End of the line

End of the line

Michelle Wong and Aditi Gnanasekar

May 25, 2018


Filed under Baseball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

Editor's note: Although Anthony Moll is on the El Estoque staff, he has been included in this story in order to include all graduating seniors on the MVHS baseball team. From walk-on beginners to ten year veterans, the 2018 seniors all came into the MVHS baseball team with varying experiences, goals,...

Dancing through life

Dancing through life

Sreya Kumar and Carol Lei

May 24, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

She walks onto the stage, sometimes alone, sometimes with a group of friends. She takes her starting pose and waits for the music to fill the stagnant air. The spotlight shines on her and she empties her mind of worries and fears, as she absorbs the rhythm and becomes the movement of the music. She starts...

Boys volleyball: Team sets up rematch with Bellarmine CP after NorCal quarterfinal victory

Boys volleyball: Team sets up rematch with Bellarmine CP after NorCal quarterfinal victory

Om Khandekar

May 23, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

Junior Nikhil Bapat was on a roll in the beginning of the first set, nailing shot after shot against a Whitney HS team that faltered with every swing and serve. But when the score reached 21-14, WHS got its first solid block off a swing by Bapat who finally faltered. Bapat tried tipping, and WHS got a bo...

Dylan and his stars

Dylan and his stars

Om Khandekar and Anjini Venugopal

May 23, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, Main slider, SPORTS

Among towering volleyball players sits 5-year-old Dylan Tagawa. Surrounded by the team’s postgame chatter, he stretches and sits quietly for a few seconds before standing up to make an announcement. The players lower their volume and turn their attention to Dylan, who begins his latest story. “...