El Estoque

A familiar face

A familiar face

Anish Vasudevan

December 19, 2019

DJ Kobza returns to coach MVHS boys basketball

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.

Tabitha Mendez and Justine Ha

December 14, 2019

With faltering defensive plays throughout the game, the Matadors fell with a final score of 46-58

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS

Charlotte Chui

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...

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...

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

Junior Arvind Jagdish reaches up for a rebound as senior Josiah Figueroa covers him. Photo by Brandon Ng.

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 Basketball: Matadors secure a win against Saratoga HS

Senior Rohan Inampudi runs past a defender during the first quarter against Saratoga HS. Photo by Oishee Misra.

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...

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...

Boys basketball: Team gets upset win over Fremont HS

Boys basketball: Team gets upset win over Fremont HS

Akshara Majjiga

February 13, 2018

heers and chants could be heard from the Fremont HS bench throughout the entirety of the boys basketball game on Feb. 7, but they were loudest during the first quarter. The enthusiasm of the FHS players drew many members of the crowd in as they joined in the classic chorus of “defense.” FHS fans an...

Boys basketball: Matadors beat Milpitas HS by score of 59-45

Boys basketball: Matadors beat Milpitas HS by score of 59-45

Roshan Fernandez

January 29, 2018

idway through the second quarter, senior Zachary Whong received the ball on the Milpitas HS end of the court. He quickly lined up his shot and released the ball. The net swished, and the home crowd erupted as the scoreboard increased by three points for the Matadors. On the very next possession, Whon...

Hear it from the rivals: Lynbrook HS boys basketball players discuss their hopes for upcoming quad game

Anthony Moll

January 11, 2018

hether it’s to cheer on a friend or sit back to watch two teams go head to head, basketball games at MVHS are popular social events that allow students from different schools to meet and connect. A competitive atmosphere still exists as they root for their respective teams. Though is the case at a...