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Boys Basketball Historic Season Ends With Fourth Place Finish

It was a historic season for the boys basketball program. The Vikings won their fifth straight conference championship, their second straight district championship, won the most games in program history and earned the programs first ever appearance in the Final Four this season. The boys basketball program finished the historic season 28-4 and took 4th place, marking the first ever Final Four finish in the programs history.

The historic season was not only highlighted by the success on the court, but also off the court as well where the boys basketball program held a cumulative 3.4 team GPA and had an attendance rate of 97.5%. The boys program was also very active in the community where they served over 300 hours and raised $3500 for local charities.

Congratulations to the boys basketball program on a record setting season and thank you to our seniors for building a foundation for future success in the program.

STL Today Article From Howell vs. CBC Semi-Final Game

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Howell Students & Fans Make Their Mark On Springfield - The Sites & Sounds

Howell is well known for their support and enthusiasm for activities and sports but Viking students and fans took their love of Howell to the next level this past weekend in Springfield. The MSHSAA state tournament officials, opposing fans and event workers were impressed with the turnout and support in Springfield.

The State Semifinal game was marked with a sea of blue and gold that filled the entire arena. The trend set during the Final Four run of having arena's and gyms 75-80% full of Howell fans continued. The Viking student section spilled into other sections of the arena as our students filled the entire end court section to root on their Vikings. The game was truly an event that brought the entire Howell community together. The turnout from Howell fans was the largest of all programs in the Final Four and drew rave reviews from players, fans and spectators alike.

Below you can view some video and pictures from the weekend. Thank you to all Howell students, parents, staff and fans for representing Howell in such a positive way and for supporting the Howell family. This weekend was truly a great time to be a Viking!

Players Announced - Howell vs. CBC

Vikings Receive 4th Place Trophy & Medals

Student Section Reacts To Schark 3

Cheerleaders Show Off Their Tumbling Skills
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Howell Alum Rygelski Named Head Girls Volleyball Coach

After an extensive interview process for the next head volleyball coach at Francis Howell, the Vikings have named Danielle Rygelski as their next head coach. Rygelski had a storied career at Francis Howell High School where she was a two-time All-State selection and Under Armour All-American while also setting the school record in kills. She went on to star at St. Louis University where she was an AVCA and Under Armour All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. While at SLU she broke the NCAA record for kills in a season, became the second NCAA player to ever average 6 kills per set and also became the 11th player in NCAA history to to reach 2,000 kills. She also made her mark on the SLU program by finishing 2nd all-time in kills and 2nd all-time in aces. Rygelski currently coaches with the U18 Rockwood Thunder. You can read her full bio by clicking this link

Students, staff, parents and fans will have the opportunity to meet Coach Rygelski on Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm in the Learning Commons. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear Coach Rygelski speak as well as meet with her following the event. Initial information regarding summer open gyms and camp will be shared during this time as well.

Girls LAX Opens Season By Taking Third In Parkway Central Tournament

The Girls Lacrosse program kicked of their season by traveling to Parkway Central on Saturday to compete in the Parkway Central Tournament. Our Lady Vikings got off to a hot start with a win over Oakville. In the semifinals they dropped a close game to Parkway Central before winning the third place game over in district rival FHN. Congratulations to our Lady Vikings on their third place finish in the Parkway Central Tournament!

Parkway Central Tournament Recap

Win over Oakville 12-3

Loss to Parkway Central 6-5

Win over Howell North 15-10

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Baseball Program Off To Hot Start

The JV and Varsity baseball teams kicked off their seasons on Friday and Saturday on a positive note. Varsity began play in the Troy Tournament by going 2-1 with their lone loss coming from #1 State ranked Westminster. The JV team went 3-0 on the young season with convincing wins over Rockwood Summit and Westminster. You can view a recap of the games below.


Win over Battle 9-2

Win over Wright City 10-2

Loss To Westminster 5-3


Win over Rockwood Summit 13-6 in 9 innings

Win over Westminster 10-0

Win over Westminster 13-1

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Taylor Russell Represents Howell In MBCA All-Star Game

Congratulations to Howell senior Taylor Russell on being chosen to participate in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game this weekend in Springfield, Missouri. Taylor helped lead the Lady Vikings to the District Championship game this season. Taylor finished her senior season by averaging 17.6 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Congratulations to Taylor on a great season and for representing Howell at the MBCA All-Star Game.
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Drake Heismeyer Commits To Play Football At Mizzou

Congratulations to Howell junior Drake Heismeyer on his announcement this weekend to further his education and to play football at the University of Missouri. Drake chose Mizzou over the likes of Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Purdue and several other NCAA Division I programs. You can view the STL Today article by clicking the link below. Congratulations to Drake Heismeyer on a great accomplishment. Viking fans are looking forward to watching his senior season before he heads to Mizzou!
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Prom Tickets Go On Sale March 25th

Prom ticket sales start on Monday March 25th. Ticket sales will run from March 25th through Friday March 29th. No tickets will be sold after Friday March 29th. Tickets will be sold in room C103 all week before school from 6:45-7:15 and after school from 2:20-2:45. Tickets will be sold during all lunches on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. As always, tickets are limited and interested students should buy them as soon as they are available.

Students will need their school ID to purchase a ticket. Tickets will not be sold to any students having fines. Students inviting guests from other schools must have the completed guest form signed by the guest's principal to purchase a ticket for their guest. The guest form can be found by clicking this link -

Ticket Prices - Monday and Tuesday Early Bird Special - $55 and Wednesday through Friday - $60. Students may use a debit or credit card to purchase tickets. A processing fee is charged for each transaction. Students purchasing tickets on Monday and Tuesday with a debit or credit card will be charged $57.00($2.00 processing fee) and students purchasing tickets from Wednesday through Friday with a debit or credit card will be charged $62.17($2.17 processing fee).

2019-20 School Year Start Dates & Dead Periods Announced For MSHSAA Activities & Sports

The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods and starting dates for MSHSAA sponsored activities has been released for the 2019-20 school year. These dates can be found below. We hope that this information helps all Vikings and their families coordinate and prepare for the summer and sports seasons ahead during the 2019-20 school year.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 29 - July 7, 2019

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - August 5 - August 11, 2019

Fall Sports Begin August 12, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (excluding girls swim) - October 27 - November 3, 2019

Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins November 4, 2019

Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - November 3 - November 10, 2019

Girls Swim Begins November 11, 2019

Spring Sports Dead Period - February 23 - March 1, 2020

Spring Sports Begin March 2, 2020

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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships