El Estoque

Silenced on the field

Silenced on the field

Sreya Kumar, Ankit Gupta, Brandon Ng, Justine Ha, Roshan Fernandez, and Herman Saini

December 12, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, Main slider, MULTIMEDIA PACKAGES, SPORTS, Sports Editor's Picks

Examining social issues in sports through the lens of MVHS students and staff

The mental game

The mental game

Roshan Fernandez and Rajas Habbu

November 21, 2018


Filed under From the magazine, SPORTS

or senior Akshay Gopalkrishnan, basketball has always been about his physical status. His coaches stress the importance of staying in shape, avoiding injuries and being able to perform at his fullest potential during games. But, Gopalkrishnan admits, there is a whole other side to athletics — the m...

Football: MVHS falls to Santa Clara HS on senior night

Football: MVHS falls to Santa Clara HS on senior night

Ankit Gupta and Herman Saini

October 31, 2018


Filed under Fall Sports, Football, Game Reviews

Senior and quarterback Cheto Vasquez glanced back at the packed stands from the sidelines one last time before strapping on his helmet and jogging onto the field for the ceremonial coin toss. Four years ago, Vasquez walked onto the same field for the first time as a freshman. Today, he will be playing...

Girls Water Polo: The defeat against Santa Clara HS 15-17

Girls Water Polo: The defeat against Santa Clara HS 15-17

Rana Aghababazadeh and Tabitha Mendez

October 17, 2018


Filed under Boys Water Polo, Fall Sports, SPORTS

VHS girls water polo head coach Chris Love gathered the girls before the game for their usual team talk, followed by a chant led by one of the captains before the start of the game. Only few minutes into the game, a series of shouting and complaints arose from both coaches, as well as the SCHS crowd....

Football: Team maintains winning streak after narrowly defeating Gunn HS

Football: Team maintains winning streak after narrowly defeating Gunn HS

Sreya Kumar, Tabitha Mendez, and Kamyar Moradi

October 6, 2018


Filed under Football, Game Reviews, SPORTS, Sports

With all their games earlier in the season being decided by 10 or more points, the Matadors were not used to playing a close game. However, in their first league matchup of the season, they were able to beat Gunn HS in dramatic fashion. The two teams took turns exchanging scores, each showcasing their o...

From Matador to Recruit

From Matador to Recruit

Rana Aghababazadeh and Julia Yang

September 28, 2018


Filed under Girls Tennis, SPORTS, Swimming & Diving

As the college application season is now upon the class of 2019, many hopeful students wonder if they’ve satisfied the admissions offices of their favorite schools. Though her classmates are scrambling to perfect applications through the thick of college application season, Ligier is not. For her,...

Field Hockey: Matadors score their first goal of the season in 1-1 tie against Saratoga HS

Field Hockey: Matadors score their first goal of the season in 1-1 tie against Saratoga HS

Ankit Gupta and Anish Vasudevan

September 26, 2018


Filed under Game Reviews, SPORTS

After losing the first five games of the season, the MVHS field hockey was looking for their first win against a tough Saratoga HS team on September 20. Going into the game, the Matadors were optimistic because the other team was lacking in numbers. “It was hot so we knew that our play might not be the best. We...

How two MVHS students found their love for fencing

How two MVHS students found their love for fencing

Collin Qian and Ankit Gupta

September 5, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, SPORTS

rom traveling to Paris on a school week to representing a whole entire country at an international competition, MVHS sophomores Isak Westelius and Richie Hsiung have dedicated countless days and nights in order to compete at the highest levels in one of the world’s most cerebral sports — fenc...

Finding the melody in sports

Finding the melody in sports

Aditya Dash and Carol Lei

May 13, 2018


Filed under Best of Sports, SPORTS, Spring Sports

As sophomore Charlie Yi puts on his headphones and starts conditioning for volleyball, his teammates see a rhythmic pattern in his movement. With every drill, Yi uses his music to motivate himself, pacing himself with the beat of the music. “It just helps me work faster because as I said I want to move...

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Saratoga HS on senior night

Boys volleyball: MVHS defeats Saratoga HS on senior night

Julia Yang

May 8, 2018


Filed under Boys Volleyball, SPORTS, Spring Sports

On May 4, banners and posters decorated the sides of the field house, which buzzed with excitement from family and friends. This day marked senior night for the volleyball team and the last home game of the season against Saratoga HS, a team that MVHS had lost to earlier in the season. Before the gam...

Practice makes perfect: analyzing the importance of daily sports practice attendance

Practice makes perfect: analyzing the importance of daily sports practice attendance

Emily Xia

April 11, 2018


Filed under Boys Tennis, From the magazine, SPORTS, Spring Sports

enior Michael Wan spoke in a hurry, questions thrown at him from every direction. A robot had gone missing, and as the director of electrical engineering of the MV Robotics Team, he  suddenly found himself in the middle of several interviews from local news stations. He looked at the clock and sig...