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Boys Basketball: The Matadors lose against Wilcox HS 44-53

Junior Andrew Chang has a discouraged look on his face after a foul call against Wilcox HS.
MVHS comes up short against first place Wilcox HS
February 10, 2020
MVHS comes up short against first place Wilcox HS

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

Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay

Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay
What happens on the court is completely up to players themselves. But, spectators enjoy impacting the play through distractions and chants
March 13, 2019

A barrage of noises filled the MVHS gym as a Santa Clara HS player meticulously bounced the ball up and down focusing on the basket 15 feet in front of him. The more he prepared himself to take the freethrow,...

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS

Boys basketball: Team loses senior night to Santa Clara HS
After playing neck and neck in the first half, MVHS faces a slow second half and loses 32-45
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....

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
The Matadors dominate in quad match against Lynbrook HS in 66-57 win
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...

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.
Slow second half ends in a 46-66 loss
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...

MVHS basketball teams lose intense matchups against Lynbrook HS

MVHS basketball teams lose intense matchups against Lynbrook HS
Girls and boys basketball lose in first league games of the season
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...

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

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

How athletes stay mentally and physically in shape

How athletes stay mentally and physically in shape
February 28, 2017

thletes in different sports often have different approaches to the games they play. While basketball players might have a certain routine involving jump shots before a game, wrestlers have special preparations...

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports
March 11, 2016

Co-reported with Pranav Iyer. Correction: The number of seniors on the girls basketball team in the magazine from 2012-2015 were inaccurate. The correct numbers are reported below. Boys Soccer: A...

Boys basketball: Matadors senior night ceremony and game highlights

Boys basketball: Matadors senior night ceremony and game highlights
March 1, 2015

The Matadors lost to their rival, the Cupertino High School Pioneers on Jan. 20, 51-35. The leader scorer of the game was the Pioneers' Ajaypal Singh with 21 points on 10-of-16 shooting. The Matadors were...

Boys basketball: Team falls to Saratoga Falcons

Head coach Clay Stiver discusses game strategy with the team. Photo by Aditya Pimplaskar.
February 18, 2015

A silence fell over the crowd as the announcer read off the names of the Matadors’ starting lineup. Just as he said the word “Falcons”, the crowd erupted, coating the entire row of bleachers in red....

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