El Estoque

End of season traditions

End of season traditions

Anish Vasudevan and Chelsea Wong

November 9, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, Fall Sports, SPORTS

The music stopped as the senior homecoming skit came to a close. The crowd started to disperse from the rally court, but an eruption of cheers rose from near the cafeteria. The cheers traveled closer to the rally stage as a group of students in swimwear shorts paved their way through the crowd. It was t...

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Girls Tennis: Matadors win CCS game 5-2

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

November 8, 2018


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

The Matadors huddle together in the center of the court as captains and seniors Cynthia Hom and Leslie Ligier lead the team cheers. Tensions ran high as the weight of qualifying for the upcoming CCS games rested on the athletes’ shoulders. "It’s CCS,” Hom said. “If we lose, we're out of the draw. ...

Football: Team misses out on CCS after 61-13 loss to Mountain View HS

Football: Team misses out on CCS after 61-13 loss to Mountain View HS

Roshan Fernandez

November 8, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Football, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks

Additional reporting by Brandon Ng and Gauri Kaushik. hree second-half carries. Three second-half touchdowns. That’s all MVHS senior Jacob Cortinas needed to secure a victory for his team. Unfortunately for the Matadors, the victory came for the other MVHS –– their opponents Mountain View HS....

Analyzing the newest club on campus: Sports Analytics

Analyzing the newest club on campus: Sports Analytics

Roshan Fernandez, Anish Vasudevan, and Ankit Gupta

November 7, 2018


Filed under Briefs, SPORTS

ports and math — the two topics that seniors Karthik Guruvayurappan and Vishnu Palaniappan combined when forming Sports Analytics Club. This new club is a way for students to analyze and discuss statistics that appear throughout sports via a common medium — fantasy sports. After being approved by ...

Senior Night

Senior Night

November 1, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, Main slider, SPORTS

During the last week of October, MVHS fall season teams celebrated the end of their regular season with senior night games. In their last home game of the season, seniors were celebrated in ceremonies before or during the games. Click the photos below to read the stories about each of the senior nights. ...

Football: MVHS falls to Santa Clara HS on senior night

Football: MVHS falls to Santa Clara HS on senior night

Ankit Gupta and Herman Saini

October 31, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Football, Game Reviews

Senior and quarterback Cheto Vasquez glanced back at the packed stands from the sidelines one last time before strapping on his helmet and jogging onto the field for the ceremonial coin toss. Four years ago, Vasquez walked onto the same field for the first time as a freshman. Today, he will be playing...

Tennis Senior Night

Tennis Senior Night

Rajas Habbu and Oishee Misra

October 31, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, Girls Tennis, SPORTS

Senior Leslie Ligier shook her head as she heard her friends cheering her on. She looked back, smiled and wiped off some sweat. It was girls tennis senior night — one of the last times that Ligier would get to play on the MVHS tennis team. Ligier, along with the rest of the tennis team, had the mai...

Field Hockey: Matadors suffer 0-2 loss on senior night

Field Hockey: Matadors suffer 0-2 loss on senior night

Sreya Kumar, Tyler Cho, and Justine Ha

October 28, 2018


Filed under Field Hockey, Game Reviews, SPORTS

It was an unnatural feeling for her. For the past three years, she has always held up her stick, cheering for seniors as they walked down the field. But now, it was finally her turn. She stood at the end of a line with her teammates, filled with nervous energy as her hands wrapped around her parents’....

Girls Volleyball: Senior night performance falls short as Matadors lose 3-1

Girls Volleyball: Senior night performance falls short as Matadors lose 3-1

Roshan Fernandez and Brandon Ng

October 26, 2018


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

ears. That’s how the night began for the Matadors, as numerous players grew emotional during the senior night ceremony. Teammates spoke about the impact seniors had on their life both on and off the court, honoring the seven seniors after their last season of high school volleyball. Following the tri...

Filling the empty seats

Filling the empty seats

Rana Aghababazadeh and Anish Vasudevan

October 24, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

here was a time at MVHS when the football bleachers were so packed that a crowd, four to five people deep, stood around the perimeter of the field. There was always anticipation of the Friday-night football games in the fall, and fights burst out after basketball matches in the winter. In recent years, howev...

His watchful eyes

His watchful eyes

Jai Uparkar

October 24, 2018


Filed under SPORTS

s another ball went flying off the court, I looked over at my dad and threw my hands up in frustration. Slumping my shoulders in reaction, I looked at him again defeated and annoyed. Patiently, his eyes conveyed a message: stay loose. I nodded my head and moved on to the next point. My dad was an op...