El Estoque

Athlete of the month: Guy Lavi

Athlete of the month: Guy Lavi
January 7, 2020

After watching games with his dad, uncle and older brother, senior and defender Guy Lavi started playing soccer at age six. Since then, he has had a 13-year career but is still uncertain whether or not...

Teachers’ athletic pasts

Spanish teacher Molly Guadiamos (far right) poses with her high school swimming team. Photo used with permission of Molly Guadiamos
Teachers share their experiences on being on a high school sports team
January 7, 2020

As a student at MVHS, biology teacher Pooya Hajjarian joined an outdoor 5 on 5 soccer league at De Anza College. Although joining the team was more of a hobby, the team was able to excel in their league...

If the shoe drips: self-expression through sneakers

Junior Matthew Whong, Assistant Principal Michael Martinez and junior Sumer Hajela pose for photos wearing their favorite sneakers. Photos by Anish Vasudevan
Students use shoe customization as a form of self-expression
December 19, 2019
Students use shoe customization as a form of self-expression

A familiar face

A familiar face
DJ Kobza returns to coach MVHS boys basketball
December 19, 2019
DJ Kobza returns to coach MVHS boys basketball

Remember the Matadors: Sports Movies

Remember the Matadors: Sports Movies
How movies about sports impact the MVHS body
December 19, 2019
How movies about sports impact the MVHS body

Boys Soccer: Monta Vista draws with Hillsdale HS 2-2

Junior Frank Liu looks up the field to try and pass the ball.
MVHS takes two different leads, but allows two goals ending in a tie
December 18, 2019
MVHS takes two different leads, but allows two goals ending in a tie

The Field Hockey Golden Stick

Sharing my view on receiving the golden stick
December 14, 2019
Sharing my view on receiving the golden stick

Boys basketball: The Matadors lose in an intense matchup against Willow Glen HS

Senior Sanjay Gollapudi passes by a Willow Glenn defender in hopes for a shot opportunity early on into the second period.
With faltering defensive plays throughout the game, the Matadors fell with a final score of 46-58
December 14, 2019
With faltering defensive plays throughout the game, the Matadors fell with a final score of 46-58

From coach to future olympian

Hassan sprints with the ball down the field. Photo used with permission of Zaid Hassan.
Exploring JV coach Zaid Hassan’s field hockey career
December 9, 2019

For 19-year-old MVHS field hockey coach Zaid Hassan, the Olympics isn’t just an event he watches on TV — it’s his goal. Hassan is currently working to be on the U.S. men’s national field hockey...

Girls Basketball: The Matadors suffer a landslide defeat to Sequoia HS

Freshman Varshini Peddinti receives the ball and prepares to pass to the center. Photo by Vivian Jiang
How last year’s result bled into this year’s game with a final score of 45-17
December 6, 2019

Despite having a strong start to their season, the MVHS varsity girls basketball team was defeated by Sequoia HS 45-17. Senior Daphne Lam made the first points of the game, scoring a 3-pointer shortly...

Girls soccer: Matadors draw against Valley Christian HS 0-0

Senior Jaimie Chan tries to shield the ball against a VCHS player.
MVHS ties against Valley Christian HS in second preseason game
December 4, 2019

fter a 5-1 loss to Branham HS in its preseason opener, the MVHS varsity girls soccer team bounced back with a draw against Valley Christian HS (VCHS) on Dec. 2.  According to senior team captain...

The Power of Sports

Wei (top right) poses with his club team holding a
How different athletes benefit mentally when playing a sport
December 3, 2019
How different athletes benefit mentally when playing a sport
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