Football: Team wins against James Lick HS before league games begin

At the beginning of the Matadors’ game against James Lick HS on Sept. 15, the team failed to put points on the board against the JLHS defense. But after a scoreless first quarter from both sides, MVHS soon found their rhythm and ended up dominating JLHS 40-20, with four touchdowns from quarterback junior Cheto Vasquez…

Girls volleyball: Keeping up the legacy

At the start of their practice, senior Hanna Kotesova calls the warm-ups for her teammates on the MVHS girls volleyball team. From high knees to lunges, Mr. Anderson is quiet as Kotesova leads the team during practice. After warm ups, the team works on serving and hitting to each other. As a returning varsity athlete,…

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…

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

Up 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…

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

Sparkly 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 rackets they normally held with glittery, colorful wands. And once they were called inside by a former team member, senior Manasa Handady, they came into…

Boys Basketball: Homestead HS defeats MVHS 50-53 in nailbiter

While most students were busy doing homework or eating a late dinner, the MVHS varsity boys basketball team went to work on Tuesday night, Feb. 7th, against a Homestead HS team who had crushed them 53-69 earlier in the season. Despite aggressive defense and a three-point lead with three minutes left in the game, consistent…

Boys basketball: Team falls to Lynbrook HS 52-54 in overtime battle

<span style=”font-weight: 400;”>The Matadors were ahead for most of Friday’s game with their biggest lead at 12 points, a huge difference from their 25 point loss to LHS earlier in the season. But a strong LHS defense late in the game and missed shots by the Matadors led the Vikings to carry the game, which…

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….

Sole Mates: Basketball players discuss what their sneakers mean to them

Worn during both games and practice, basketball shoes are an essential part of the game. Four members of the boys basketball team talked us through their main priorities when looking for shoes. LOOKS Sophomore Akshay Gopalkrishnan used to not care what his shoes looked like. But after buying a pair of LeBrons for his AAU…