El Estoque

From coach to future olympian

From coach to future olympian

Jayanti Jha

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 team by winning a series of games and tournaments along the way as part of the U21 national te...

The Power of Sports

The Power of Sports

Anjali Singh

December 3, 2019

How different athletes benefit mentally when playing a sport

Javier’s Helpers

Tabitha Mendez and Stuti Upadhyay

November 23, 2019

enior Hannah Risher used to attend every MVHS football game — home games because she was a cheerleader and away games to support the team and watch the game she enjoyed. One day, as she attended an away game at Santa Teresa with her friend, MVHS athletic trainer Javier Margarito saw her and asked if she w...

Numbing the Pain

Numbing the Pain

Sophia Chen and Lance Tong

November 22, 2019

Looking into the use of non-prescription pain medication in student athletes

Coming up short

Coming up short

Stuti Upadhyay, Anjali Singh, Collin Qian, Justine Ha, and Kamyar Moradi

November 16, 2019

Exploring how different members of the MVHS athletic community attempt to overcome different types of defeats in their athletic career and team season

The man in 23

The man in 23

Rucha Soman, Rajas Habbu, Herman Saini, and Keshav Taneja

June 5, 2019

Senior. Captain. Recruit. Those three words describe Gautham Dasari’s volleyball career. Starting in sixth grade, Gaudi, what his friends and coaches lovingly call him, has been climbing to the top and impressing coaches along the way. In the fall, Dasari will be playing at NYU and majoring in business. Click...

Taking it to the next level

Taking it to the next level

Rajas Habbu and Rucha Soman

March 13, 2019

It was the summer of 5th grade when MVHS alumna and now Cornell University freshman Demetra Williams and her best friend found diving lessons offered at Fremont HS. Her friend said, “I’ll do it if you do” and managed to convince her to enroll. Down the road, her friend quit diving for field ho...

Off the mat: Ceazar Agront shares his experiences as a long-time athlete and MVHS’s new wrestling coach

Off the mat: Ceazar Agront shares his experiences as a long-time athlete and MVHS’s new wrestling coach

Aditi Gnanasekar

November 15, 2017

It’s 2008- the shrill sound of a whistle announced the start of a wrestling match between MVHS and Homestead HS. Ceazar Agront struts onto the mat in HHS colors as he prepares to take home the winning title. He does. But little does he know that he would return nine years later as head coach of hi...

Off the high dive

Off the high dive

Akshara Majjiga

April 21, 2017

n seventh grade, a couple of years after junior Demetra Williams first launched into her diving career, she recalls being asked if diving even qualified as a sport. The boy who asked her was confused; he assumed divers just climbed a ladder and jumped off of a board, not really noticing what may have gone ...

Choose to Lose

Choose to Lose

Rana Aghababazadeh

March 9, 2017

he bell tolled, and her stomach dropped slightly. She slowly packed up her science notebook, pretending to write down extra notes and anxiously waited for her classmates to leave before she stood up. Pulling her shirt over her midsection, she walked out of her sixth grade science class, deliberately ...