El Estoque

Making the right call

Making the right call

Brian Xu

February 6, 2019

A sharp, throbbing fire pulses through your arm, flowing down past the elbow and swelling at the wrist. The crowd of people fades into the background, the soccer game long forgotten as a silent scream works its way up your throat. Peering down nervously, you examine your hand, flexing your fingers back ...

Head of the game

Head of the game

Roshan Fernandez

February 6, 2019

He typically stops responding to emails at around 7 p.m. When he comes into work the following morning, his inbox is full; there are already between 30 and 50 emails to respond to. The topics of the emails vary, whether it’s communicating with a player, coach, referee or another athletic direc...

On the Field

On the Field

Dhruvika Randad

January 29, 2019

What was once a passionate hobby has now become senior Cheto Vasquez’s world, playing quarterback for the varsity football team. Upholding his district title of Player of the Year and the 49ers Player of the Week in Sep. 2018 and Oct. 2017 respectively, Vasquez’s passion and dedication for the sport is...

Girls basketball: Team overpowers Milpitas HS

Girls basketball: Team overpowers Milpitas HS

Roshan Fernandez and Oishee Misra

January 28, 2019

“Defense!” The Matadors broke away from their huddle and jogged back onto the court, ready to continue playing with renewed fire. This ‘defense’ chant wasn’t an isolated event — it is the sole chant they have been uttering every time they break away from a huddle this season. Senior and capta...

High times: How marijuana influences sports

High times: How marijuana influences sports

Roshan Fernandez and Anish Vasudevan

December 18, 2018

e was playing shockingly well. It was surprising to him because he had just smoked marijuana, forgetting that he had practice later in the day. He had made the decision to attend practice anyway, and he dominated every time he got the ball. After practice had finished, he reflected on his performance, ...

Silenced on the field

Silenced on the field

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

December 12, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...