Beyond the magazine: One kill after another

When the junior boys volleyball team is hosting a game, the varsity team is already on the court preparing for its own match. Each player has their own miniature routine to follow before each match. Across the court is senior captain Prathik Rao, who shoots hoops almost an hour earlier than when he’s supposed to…

Mismatched: Boys basketball overcomes their size disadvantage

This story appeared in the Feb. 2017 issue of El Estoque under the title “Mismatched”. Whenever the MVHS boys basketball team meets its opponents at half court on game night, they look mismatched. Almost without exception, their opponents tower over them. But despite these potential disadvantage, the Matadors continue to compete against these larger teams….

To the flag

In elementary school, U.S. History teacher Ben Recktenwald would never recite the whole Pledge of Allegiance. He would say, “one nation,” pause, then continue with “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Recktenwald didn’t skip “under God” to make a statement, nor did he think it would become a topic of discussion. But years later,…