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Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay

Talking trash: How MVHS players and spectators influence gameplay

Anish Vasudevan

March 13, 2019


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

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, the louder the sounds were, and the harder the ground vibrated from the stomps of the students...

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


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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

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

Sreya Kumar and Brandon Ng

January 25, 2019


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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...

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


Filed under Boys Basketball, Game Reviews, Girls Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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: 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


Filed under Boys Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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...

How athletes stay mentally and physically in shape

How athletes stay mentally and physically in shape

Roshan Fernandez

February 28, 2017


Filed under SPORTS

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 they make before matches as well. Preparation extends far beyond pre-match superstitions before a...

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports

Changing Seasons: The evolution of winter sports

Amita Mahajan

March 11, 2016


Filed under SPORTS, Winter Sports

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 losing team was quickly turned into a winning program that eventually reached the CCS playoffs for the f...

Boys basketball: Matadors senior night ceremony and game highlights

Boys basketball: Matadors senior night ceremony and game highlights

Pranav Iyer

March 1, 2015


Filed under Boys Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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 knocked out of playoff contention with the loss, finishing the season 8-16 overall and 5-7 in league. ...

Boys basketball: Team falls to Saratoga Falcons

Boys basketball: Team falls to Saratoga Falcons

Aditya Pimplaskar

February 18, 2015


Filed under Boys Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

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. Fresh off of the excitement of their senior night ceremony, the Falcons came out strong, taking...

Boys basketball: Matadors run past Mountain View High School

Boys basketball: Matadors run past Mountain View High School

Pranav Iyer

February 5, 2015


Filed under Boys Basketball, SPORTS, Winter Sports

On the opening tip of the boys basketball game against Mountain View HS on Feb 3., the ball bounced to Senior Casey Parsay. He caught the ball and easily scored the first bucket of the game. In just those four seconds, the Matadors gained their first lead and from then on they never looked back. ...

Boys basketball: Matadors prevail over Cupertino Pioneers in rivalry game

Boys basketball: Matadors prevail over Cupertino Pioneers in rivalry game

Aditya Pimplaskar

January 6, 2015


Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks

On a chilly Tuesday night, throngs of Cupertino fans poured into the CHS gymnasium, eager to watch the intense rivalry game between the Pioneers and Matadors on Jan. 6. MVHS supporters found themselves miserably outnumbered, given the sea of red covering a whole section of the stands. Amidst a roaring...