El Estoque

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Powderpuff: How each grade level prepared for and executed their performances

Flora Peng, Tabitha Mendez, and Collin Qian

May 24, 2019

Class pitted against class. Hundreds of students gathered in the bleachers to cheer on their teams with painted faces, color-coordinated outfits and voices ready to scream. For most of the school, Powderpuff provides an engaging outlet to showcase school pride before the frenzy of AP Test preparation...

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run

Recapping boys volleyball’s CCS championship and NorCal playoff run

Roshan Fernandez

May 12, 2019

itting on the left-most side of the bench, Coach Paul Chiu clicked his pen rapidly. On, off, on, off — he kept doing it, paying close attention to his players on the court.   It was the third set of the CCS Championship, and his team had nearly made history by winning CCS for the first time in th...

Boys baseball: MVHS wins three consecutive games in three days

Boys baseball: MVHS wins three consecutive games in three days

Michelle Wong

April 2, 2018

Additional reporting by Sannidhi Menon and Himani Yalamaddi hree consecutive games. Three consecutive wins. Last week, the MVHS baseball team played two games against Fremont HS and one non-league game against Mission San Jose HS. See below for two out of the three victories the Matadors obtained. M...

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Badminton: MVHS maintains undefeated streak with win over Milpitas HS

Roshan Fernandez

March 28, 2018

VHS badminton players held cups of boba and boxes of pizza in their hands as part of a team tradition called ‘Baddy Buddies,’ a version of Secret Santa gift exchange players participate in that takes place during March. After finishing up the exchange, the players then began to warm up. The atmosphe...

Wrestling: Matadors victorious in final dual home meet against Saratoga HS

Wrestling: Matadors victorious in final dual home meet against Saratoga HS

Roshan Fernandez

February 6, 2018

Correction: February 7, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of senior Colin Yang. he voice of the Saratoga HS coach rang through the gym during the meet on Jan. 30. He yelled to his players, directing them on how they should position themselves and what moves t...

Boys soccer: Matadors triumph over Milpitas HS in 4-0 shutout

Boys soccer: Matadors triumph over Milpitas HS in 4-0 shutout

Karen Ma

January 25, 2018

fter the team’s close defeat against Lynbrook HS on Jan. 12, junior Avi Libman claimed it was one of their best games yet. The team started out the game strong, establishing a 2-1 lead in the first half through heightened focus and tight passes. It was only until the last five minutes of the game th...

Softball: Nail-biting senior night game against Los Altos HS ends in victory

Softball: Nail-biting senior night game against Los Altos HS ends in victory

Roshan Fernandez

May 20, 2017

t was the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied at 0-0 against Los Altos HS on May 11, and the crowd was beginning to grow restless. MVHS was up at bat, but the scoreboard read with two outs, and it seemed as if this inning would be scoreless just like the past five. The team needed a win i...

Retiring the Racquet: Badminton holds memorable senior night on April 27

Retiring the Racquet: Badminton holds memorable senior night on April 27

Roshan Fernandez

May 7, 2017

parkly silver tiaras rested on the seniors’ heads as they stood outside the field house waiting for a cue. For the beginning of their senior night, they'd replaced the badminton racquets they normally held with glittery, colorful wands. And once they were called inside by a former team member, senior...

Softball: Team blows out Wilcox HS

Softball: Team blows out Wilcox HS

Akshara Majjiga

May 6, 2017

espite the blistering afternoon heat, the MVHS softball team took the field on May 4 ready to compete. The team was dominant on defense throughout the game, holding Wilcox HS scoreless through all five innings. After MVHS was able to secure the three outs necessary for a quick ending to the top of the...

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Boys volleyball: Team defeats Los Altos HS in senior night game

Roshan Fernandez

May 6, 2017

p against a Los Altos HS team with a 2-10 league record, the Matadors came into their senior night game feeling confident of a win. After a brief ceremony for seniors Prathik Rao and Yash Hegde, MVHS took the court and the players seemed laid back, all smiling and sharing jokes. “I think a lot of us p...

Photo Gallery: Badminton triumphs over Gunn HS 19-11

Photo Gallery: Badminton triumphs over Gunn HS 19-11

Roshan Fernandez

April 23, 2017

hen the MVHS badminton team first filed into the field house on April 18, the players were smiling, sharing jokes and relaxing. The atmosphere in the building was calm and carefree. That was, up until the matches started. Then the laughter stopped, and the players began to focus for their matches. A...

Photo gallery: Badminton victorious over rival Cupertino HS

Photo gallery: Badminton victorious over rival Cupertino HS

Roshan Fernandez

April 1, 2017

s senior David Chen and junior Sean Chen played their varsity doubles match against the pair from Cupertino HS, they occasionally paused between points and gave a loud, sudden shout. This kept them focused on their match and built up their momentum. Throughout the afternoon, the MVHS field house was fil...