El Estoque

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS

Charlotte Chui, Gauri Kaushik, and Rajas Habbu

February 18, 2019

urrounded by two lines of his applauding teammates, senior and captain Ryan Tagawa makes his way down the basketball court to the sound of ecstatic cheers from the crowd, clutching a bouquet of flowers. As the announcer lists off Tagawa’s contributions and proudest moments on the team, Tagawa’s 6-year...

Girls Basketball: Matadors fall to Homestead HS after losing an early lead

Girls Basketball: Matadors fall to Homestead HS after losing an early lead

Sreya Kumar, Iman Malik, and Tina Low

February 10, 2019

Senior Jessica Ji walked down the court hand in hand with her parents, clutching a bouquet of flowers and colorful balloons given to her by her teammates. Coach Sara Borelli read out her thank you letter to the team and her supporters, highlighting Ji’s favorite moments from her time on varsity basket...

Boys basketball: MVHS beats Lynbrook HS in the Battle for De Anza Boulevard

Boys basketball: MVHS beats Lynbrook HS in the Battle for De Anza Boulevard

Anish Vasudevan and Tyler Cho

January 28, 2019

Chants rang across the gym. MVHS students yelled and stomped in the bleachers, trying to distract the Lynbrook HS players every time they shot from the free-throw line. Other MVHS students cheered on their friends on the team, standing up and shouting every time an MVHS player scored. This explosi...

Girls basketball: Team overpowers Milpitas HS

Girls basketball: Team overpowers Milpitas HS

Roshan Fernandez and Oishee Misra

January 28, 2019

“Defense!” The Matadors broke away from their huddle and jogged back onto the court, ready to continue playing with renewed fire. This ‘defense’ chant wasn’t an isolated event — it is the sole chant they have been uttering every time they break away from a huddle this season. Senior and capta...

Girls soccer: MVHS falls to Los Altos HS in a 0-2 defeat

Girls soccer: MVHS falls to Los Altos HS in a 0-2 defeat

Justine Ha

January 28, 2019

n Jan. 25, the MVHS varsity girls soccer team had a fast-paced start in the first half against Los Altos HS, including a close goal attempt from sophomore Hana Foster just 10 seconds into the game. But this high intensive time was short-lived as sophomore Samiksha Rao got a red card just three minutes into...

Boys Basketball: Matadors’ faltering energy level lets Milpitas HS erase a close game

Boys Basketball: Matadors’ faltering energy level lets Milpitas HS erase a close game

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

January 25, 2019

It was close. Really close. The Matadors trailed by just two points at halftime. For the most part, MVHS played point for point, led by seniors and captains AJ Falak and Ryan Tagawa. Yet after the teams switched sides entering the second half, things began to fall apart. The two point difference turned...

Boys soccer: Team falls 3-0 to Lynbrook HS

Boys soccer: Team falls 3-0 to Lynbrook HS

Sreya Kumar and Ankit Gupta

January 18, 2019

Matadors suffer first league defeat of the year

Boys Basketball: Matadors secure a win against Saratoga HS

Boys Basketball: Matadors secure a win against Saratoga HS

Oishee Misra and Justine Ha

January 18, 2019

enior AJ Falak raced down the court hoping to score the first points of the game. Coming back from a defeat against Lynbrook HS during their first game of 2019, the Matadors were hoping to secure a strong lead quickly against Saratoga HS. Falak bent down, about to shoot, but an aggressive scuffle bet...

Girls Basketball: Matadors emerge victorious with a 45-33 win against Fremont HS

Girls Basketball: Matadors emerge victorious with a 45-33 win against Fremont HS

Sreya Kumar and Tyler Cho

January 12, 2019

With some hiccups in the game MVHS rebounds after narrow game against Gunn HS

Boys Soccer: The tie against Fremont HS

Boys Soccer: The tie against Fremont HS

Justine Ha and Tina Low

January 12, 2019

On Jan. 9, the MVHS varsity boys soccer team faced Fremont HS in its seventh match of the season. While it was a rainy and chilly day on the field, the team carried on even with the poor weather conditions. The game went back and forth during the first half, concluding with MVHS in the lead, but duri...

MVHS basketball teams lose intense matchups against Lynbrook HS

MVHS basketball teams lose intense matchups against Lynbrook HS

Anish Vasudevan, Oishee Misra, and Rajas Habbu

January 11, 2019

Girls Basketball With two weeks of winter break to prepare for their matchup against Lynbrook HS on Jan. 4, the MVHS girls basketball team was confident that it would win against LHS after failing to do so in both of its matchups last season.The Matadors were also looking forward to getting their fi...

Boys basketball: Clutch free throws propel Matadors to a narrow 52-50 victory

Boys basketball: Clutch free throws propel Matadors to a narrow 52-50 victory

Brandon Ng and Herman Saini

January 11, 2019

Additional reporting by Roshan Fernandez. ith just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, senior Josiah Figueroa drove towards the basket. The Matadors opportunities were dwindling, and with a three point deficit, Figueroa had to make every shot count. Sliding past two Fremont HS defend...