El Estoque

How COVID-19 has impacted sports clubs

DACA practices over quarantine with two people in one lane line. Photo used with permission from Jacqueleine Liu.

Elena Khan and Anna Jerolimov

September 22, 2020

The past seven months of shelter-in-place have required many student athletes to adjust to the cancellation of not only school sports, but also club sports tournaments. From college recruitment issues to lack of time to hone athletic skills, many student athletes, including senior and field hockey player ...

Athletes continue preparing for their sports next year

Senior Triya Roy is part of the varsity track team and participated in the Rustbuster Invitational Track Meet in March.

Jayanti Jha

May 2, 2020

With shelter-in-place restrictions opening up students’ schedules, many have turned to picking up a new hobby, learning something new or baking their favorite treats. However, for some MVHS athletes, the extra time is invested toward staying fit for their sport seasons next year. Freshman Hayden Anch...

From coach to future olympian

Hassan sprints with the ball down the field. Photo used with permission of Zaid Hassan.

Jayanti Jha

December 10, 2019

For 19-year-old MVHS field hockey coach Zaid Hassan, the Olympics isn’t just an event he watches on TV — it’s his goal. Hassan is currently working to be on the U.S. men’s national field hockey team by winning a series of games and tournaments along the way as part of the U21 national te...

Athlete of the Month: Madisen Vongnakhone

Senior Madisen Vongnakhone plays in a game versus Saratoga HS. Photo courtesy of Arnold de Leon

Swara Tewari, Managing editor

November 25, 2019

Senior Madisen Vongnakhon doesn’t think of herself as a leader on the field — the idea of other players looking up to her still baffles her. As an experienced player, she just tries to offer support and positivity to her teammates.  Having just completed her fourth season of field hockey as an o...

Defining Success

Defining Success

Rucha Soman and Sophia Chen

September 27, 2019

How teams measure success besides winning

Field Hockey: MVHS falls 6-0 to Los Altos HS

Matadors unsuccessfully ends game against Los Altos HS with a 6-0 loss.

Sreya Kumar and Lance Tong

September 22, 2019

Matadors fail to pull off the upset on the higher ranked Los Altos HS

Field Hockey: Team takes home first win of the season

Sophomore Navarin Pirachai tries to keep control of the ball when a VCHS player attacks. Pirachai scored two of the three goals during the game. Photo by Lakshanyaa Ganesh.

Sreya Kumar

September 10, 2019

Despite a shaky start, Matadors emerge victorious against Valley Christian HS

Field Hockey: Matadors suffer 0-2 loss on senior night

Field Hockey: Matadors suffer 0-2 loss on senior night

Sreya Kumar, Tyler Cho, and Justine Ha

October 28, 2018

It was an unnatural feeling for her. For the past three years, she has always held up her stick, cheering for seniors as they walked down the field. But now, it was finally her turn. She stood at the end of a line with her teammates, filled with nervous energy as her hands wrapped around her parents’....

Field Hockey: Team suffers loss against Cupertino HS

Field Hockey: Team suffers loss against Cupertino HS

Sreya Kumar

September 28, 2018

The Matadors took the field on Sept. 26, anxious to face their competitors, who were in a higher league. Captain and senior Heather Migdal commented on how players were feeling lethargic from their previous game earlier in the week. “Monday, we were really pumped up [when we played against Pres...