El Estoque

Overtraining: How much is too much?

Ramanathan kicks the ball at a soccer game. Photo used with permission from Viveka Ramanathan.

Prisha Tiwari, Staff Writer

September 12, 2020

Exploring how overtraining impacts the game and mindset of MVHS athletes

2020 NBA Finals predictions

2020 NBA Finals predictions

Anjali Singh and Collin Qian

September 12, 2020

MVHS students give their hopes for the top teams in the NBA finals

Family bonding during shelter-in-place

From left to right, Sriranjani, Vidhya and Venkatesan pose for a photo. Photo by Sriranjani Kalimani // Used with permission

Iman Malik

September 12, 2020

Exploring how quarantine brought a family closer together

A & K Podcast: 2020 NFL Draft

Illustration by Anish Vasudevan

Anish Vasudevan and Kamyar Moradi

April 29, 2020

El Estoque staff members Kamyar Moradi and Anish Vasudevan analyze the 2020 NFL draft

COVID-19 and its impact on the sports community

COVID-19 and its impact on the sports community

Devin Gupta, Tanish Mendki, Leanna Sun, and Alyssa Hui

April 19, 2020

Exploring the feelings from different MVHS athletes who have been impacted directly from this and the fans of professional sports leagues

Sports: a love that needs no language

This was on the empty field behind the school where we started a game of soccer together. Photo by Emory Heath

Tabitha Mendez

April 10, 2020

I’ve never really cared for soccer, unless you count the couple months I spent at the age of six, running away from the ball instead of towards it. However, in the summer of 2019, I took a trip with my church youth group to Haiti and saw the sport in a completely different light. On one of my first da...

Unhomely Fandoms

Unhomely Fandoms

Tabitha Mendez and Anish Vasudevan

March 11, 2020

Senior Sean Fell When he was younger, senior Sean Fell would participate in heated Madden and NBA 2K video —game battles with his older brother. His brother, a fan of the Bay Area teams, never let Fell choose the same team as him, forcing Fell to find football and basketball fandoms from other ...

What’s in your bag?

What's in your bag?

Hannah Lee

March 11, 2020

Dancer Ariyal Jain shares some of her essentials

Goodbye Oakland Raiders

My dad and I when I was younger, matching in Raider gear often. We took this photo because our numbers were the opposite of each other.

Tabitha Mendez

February 6, 2020

“Touchdown Raiders!”  This phrase is one of the first memories that comes to mind when I think about growing up.  Whenever I needed help putting on or taking off a sweater that I couldn't get around my head, my parents would say this phrase, and I immediately knew to raise my arms in the moti...

Callin’ the Shots

Soccer referee keeps his eye on the players during the game. Photo by Tabitha Mendez

Elena Khan and Tabitha Mendez

February 5, 2020

ssential to almost every sports competition, referees stand out in their striped black and white attire, a whistle dangling around their necks — it’s up to them to call the shots. With eyes on the players, coaches and fans, the referees are responsible for making quick choices to ensure the safety of th...

Hiring coaches for dummies

Understanding the process behind how sports coaches are hired. Illustration by Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee

February 5, 2020

Understanding the process behind how sports coaches are hired