The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

The Student News Site of Monta Vista High School

El Estoque

Michelle Zheng

Michelle Zheng, Sports Editor

Michelle is currently a junior and a sports editor for El Estoque. In her free time, she likes to try new restaurants and watch dramas.

All content by Michelle Zheng
Sophomore Clara Fan protects the ball from an SCHS defender as she attempts to score points in the third quarter. Photo by Manas Kottakota

Varsity Girls Basketball defeats Santa Clara 51-33 to kick off the season

Matadors win the sportsmanship game, the first game of the season
November 19, 2022
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

Age in Sports

Exploring the athletic experiences of different age groups and the effects of age on one's journey in sports and coaching style
November 11, 2022
AP Biology teacher Renee Fallon encounters a marina iguana in one of her scuba diving trips. Photo courtesy of Renee Fallon

Not slowing down

Community members discuss how the way they play sports has changed throughout the years
November 8, 2022
Water polo coaches Himani Kukreja and Shravya Guda graduated from MVHS in 2012 after four years on the Girls Water Polo team.

Coming back to coach

Water polo coaches share their experiences from playing for MVHS to coaching
November 5, 2022
The team celebrates after winning the final point in the fourth set, defeating HHS 3-1.

Varsity Girls Volleyball beats Hillsdale High School 3-1 in the CCS Semifinals

Matadors advance to the CCS Finals against Aragon High School on Nov. 5
November 4, 2022
Senior Anna Jerolimov maintains possession of the ball as she tries to find an opening to pass the ball to her teammates. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Varsity Field Hockey loses 2-0 to Valley Christian High School on its senior night

Seniors reflect on their performance throughout the season and convey their thoughts on the team’s future
October 31, 2022
Graphic by Michelle Zheng

Post game feelings

Exploring how coaches, athletes and spectators feel after games
October 6, 2022
Seniors Jeremiah Lo and Alex Lee flex after making the final touchdown of the game against SHS on Friday, Sept. 30. MVHS won with a score of 45-32. Photo by Lily Jiang

Celebrating through wins and losses

Exploring how MVHS sports teams reflect after competitions
October 5, 2022
Stereotypes Podcast Part 2: Zodiac Signs

Stereotypes Podcast Part 2: Zodiac Signs

Discussing our common zodiac stereotypes
October 1, 2022
Wing player Owen Pow defends against a CHS player poised to take a shot.

Boys Water Polo wins 15-11 against Cupertino High School

The Matadors maintain their undefeated record
September 19, 2022
Over recent years. there has been a growing discussion about law enforcement and their role in American society.

Shifting opinions around SROs

Recent Student Resource Officer contract renewal sparks controversy
September 5, 2022
After senior Sydney Su saves the ball from hitting the ground, senior Krupa Shanware prepares to pass the ball back to the opponent’s side and continue the rally.

Girls Volleyball beats Overfelt High School 3-0

Matadors win straight sets in first game of the season
August 28, 2022
Athlete of the Month: Hayden Ancheta

Athlete of the Month: Hayden Ancheta

The four-year wrestler reflects on his athletic journey
May 27, 2022
Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Stereotypes Podcast Part 1: Siblings

Discussing common sibling stereotypes
May 27, 2022
I no longer waited for my dad to complete the story that he stopped at a cliffhanger, as I was able to create the ending myself.

So Dad, what’s the ending?

Coming to terms with a parent’s absence by understanding that they have dreams to reach and goals to achieve as well
April 26, 2022
Sophomore Yotaro Sato pitches the ball during the second inning of the game against Saratoga High School on March 24, which they lost 13-1.

Spring season sports recap

Showcasing games and practices from MVHS’s spring season sports teams
April 26, 2022
Juniors Julianna Kimm and Lucy Choy celebrate after the team’s 49-25 defeat of Sequoia High School in the first round of CCS playoffs. Photo by Lance Tong

Refuse to lose

Girls Basketball goes 12-0 in league and competes in three rounds of CCS playoffs
March 18, 2022
History teacher Hilary Barron dances with the Orchesis Dance Company at Cal Poly. Photo courtesy of Hilary Barron | Used with permission

Back in action

MVHS teacher athletes discuss their journeys through sports
March 17, 2022
Senior Lance Tong leaps into the air to tip the ball over the net. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Volleyball beats Homestead High School 3-0 in its first home game

Matadors hope to fulfill their season’s expectations after securing a win for their first league game
March 13, 2022
Junior Phillip Chiu jumps up to shoot a basket with less than a minute of the third quarter remaining. Photo by Michelle Zheng

Boys Basketball loses to Lynbrook High School 53-41

Matadors trail a few points behind Lynbrook for the entirety of the game
January 11, 2022
Sophomore Ekom Mann lunges at junior Hayden Ancheta after coach Andrew Pappas signals the wrestlers to “go live” — beginning a practice match that lasts a few minutes.

Introducing the winter season sports

Showcasing games and practices from MVHS's basketball, soccer and wrestling teams
December 10, 2021
Sophomore Matt Lau reaches for the rebound after Silver Creek misses their shot.

Boys Basketball scrimmages against Silver Creek High School

Seeking to improve their team dynamic, the Matadors start off their preseason games
November 19, 2021
The team rushes through the banner, marking the end of halftime and the beginning of the third quarter.

Matadors lose helmet trophy to Cupertino High School for the fifth consecutive year

MVHS loses 20-45 against CHS in the Helmet Game despite second half push
October 18, 2021

[Video] Staying in the game

Student athletes explain how they balance academics, sports and extracurriculars
September 19, 2021
Senior Sophia Bokovikova poses beside her grandmother in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Post-lockdown getaways

Students recount their first summer vacations following quarantine
August 21, 2021
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