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5th Annual First Responders Night Draws Huge Crowds & Support

One of the most anticipated Howell events of the year did not disappoint on Friday night as the Vikings hosted the 5th Annual First Responders Night and the #7 state ranked Kirkwood Pioneers. The evening featured many special events and activities that brought thousands onto the campus of Francis Howell High School. The evening kicked off with a DJ Block Party at 4:30pm in front of the stadium. Several First Responder vehicles and members of the Patriot Guard Riders showcased their vehicles and motorcycles in front of the stadium for fans prior to the game. At 6:40 p.m. on field festivities began with recognition of military personnel, First Responders, the FHSD Board and Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris. Fans were brought to their feet as the football team was led onto the field by 37 Patriot Guard Riders and their motorcycles. The entrance to the field by our Vikings included a huge fireworks display and flyover by a WWII B25-J Mitchell Bomber. All fans in attendance remained standing as the Patriot Guard Riders presented the colors and our Viking band played the National Anthem. A very special delivery of the game ball came via the Metro Air Support helicopter. The game ball was delivered by Captain Craig Ostermeyer and taken by Howell 12th Man President and Gulf War Veteran Jenn Heismeyer. During halftime both Howell and Kirkwood fans raised nearly $2000 in a ninety second "Dash for Cash" to be donated to the Backstoppers. Below you can find many pictures and video's from this great community event. Thank you to the many workers, volunteers and fans that made this night possible. The positive feedback and strong showing from our students, staff, fans and community was truly impressive.

Short Video's From First Responders Night

Band, Cheer, & Dance Morning Pep Rally

Game Ball Delivery By Metro Air Support

Pre-Game Flyover of B25-J Mitchell WWII Bomber

Student Section Throws Powder To Kick Off Game

Student Section Powder Throw - View From Top Of Student Section

Patriot Guard Riders Lead Vikings Onto Field

Helicopter Game Ball Delivery - View From Stands

Helicopter Game Ball Deliver - Field View

GG & Co. Halftime Performance

Cheer Halftime Performance

Band Halftime Performance

Blue Angels Flyover

First Responders Night Team Entrance W/ Flyover
Vikings Walk Onto Field w/ B25-J Mitchell Bomber Flyerover
First Responders Night Game Ball Delivery
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Purple Out Softball Game Raises Money For Friends Of Kids With Cancer

The Softball program held their 6th annual "Purple Out" game as the Vikings hosted FHC at Maryville University. This year the JV programs were added to the event and both the Howell and FHC choirs had students perform the National Anthem and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. The Purple Out game raised over $1000 for a great cause. All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Friends of Kids With Cancer organization. It was amazing to see the overwhelming support of Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, fans, and the community for this great yearly event. Howell would like to thank Stacey Davis and the many other parents involved in setting up the event as well as FHC for their continued support of this great event. A very special thank you is also owed to Jim Powers, Lonnie Folks and Maryville University for partnering with Howell for this great event. We are happy to announce that Maryville will continue to support this game and next season the game will be played in Maryville University's brand new softball complex. Thank you again to all that came out to support this great event for an even greater cause.

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Football Knocks Off #7 State Ranked Kirkwood

For the second straight week the Vikings were at home to host a state ranked opponent. Last week the Vikings fell to #1 Class 5 state ranked FZN and this week it was the #7 Class 6 ranked Pioneers of Kirkwood that came to Howell on First Responders Night. The Vikings took a commanding 17-0 lead into halftime and were able to hold on to the lead for a 24-14 win over Kirkwood. You can view the STL Today article that recaps the game below.

This Friday the Vikings will travel to Granite City for a 7:00 p.m. kick. We hope to see a strong crowd on the road!

Band Takes 3rd Place At Metro East Band Festival

Congratulations to our Viking Band on their strong performance at the Metro East Band Festival hosted by O'Fallon High School in Illinois. Our Vikings brought their 2019 show "Imagine, Invent, Inspire" to the competition and finished 3rd. You can view their performance from the competition below. Many Viking fans were able to see the show for the first time this season during halftime of the First Responders Night football game on Friday. Good luck to band as they continue their season!
Francis Howell Marching Band 2019

Girls Golf Begins Season With Two Wins

The Girls Golf program kicked off their season with two wins last week. In their first match the Vikings earned a 175 - 226 win over FHN. All 10 conference points were captured. Hannah Inchiostro shot a team best 40. In their second match of the season the girls defeated FHC by a score of 160 - 215. All 10 conference points were again earned. Hannah Inchiostro shot an amazing par round of 36.

Boys Swim Earns Win At Pattonville

The Boys Swim program traveled to Pattonville last week to dive into their season and they came away with wins over both Pattonville and Fort Zumwalt North. Several Vikings also earned state consideration times. Below you can view results and video from the meet.

Pattonville Meet

Howell 140

Pattonville 110

FZN 74

State Consideration Times

100 Back - Andrew Doan

400 Free - Andrew Doan, Aidan Denny, Jacobb Dearing, Cole Guffey

500 - Cole Guffey

Video Links

Dive Video 1

Doan's take 2nd & 3rd in 300IM

Reilmann & Cottle take 1st & 3rd in 200 Free

200 Medley Relay Takes 2nd

Rogers & Johnson Sink Hole In One's

Last week the Girls Golf program had a very impressive day. Not one but two hole in one's were sunk in the same day! Congratulations to Sydney Rogers and Stephanie Johnson for both accomplishing this great feat!

Cross Country Has Strong Showing At FZN Twilight

The Cross Country program competed this past Saturday night in the FZN Twilight Meet which included a loaded field of cross country programs. Our Vikings had a strong showing across all levels. The Girls Varsity program finished a strong fourth place behind the number 1, 3, and 4th ranked teams in the State. The future looks bright this season!

Varsity Girls - 4th

Varsity Boys - 8th

JV Girls - 5th

JV Boys - 8th

Lindsey, Joerling & Birkenholz Flex Muscle In Union Tournament

The softball program competed in the Union Tournament on Friday and Saturday. After a rough start on Friday night our Vikings came back to earn a split on Saturday. The softball program had some impressive offensive power on display on Saturday. Dani Lindsey, Jenna Joerling and Sophia Birkenholz all hit home runs on Saturday. Congratulations to these young ladies and to the softball program as they begin a busy schedule.

Miller Earns Girls Scout Gold Award

Congratulations to Band, Wrestling, & Track member as well as Activities Department Student Assistant Alyssa Miller for earning her Girls Scouts Gold Award.

Where Are They Now? Band Alums Continue To Shine!

Each week we will try to highlight Howell alums and the great things they are doing after leaving Howell in their respective activity or sport. Parents and fans are encouraged to share with us what our amazing alums are doing. This week we feature two Howell Band alums that continue to participate in band and make it a major part of their lives.

Where Are They Now?

  • John Tidswell is a member of the Wildcat Marching Band at Northern Michigan University this fall. John is a member of the cymbal line.

  • Eva Voss has joined the staff of the “Pride of Pattonville” Marching Band at Pattonville High School. Eva is a member of the Color Guard staff.

Howell Nike Apparel Arrives

Viking fans looking to outfit themselves for the fall can now pick up Howell Nike apparel in the activities office. The new apparel arrived on Friday and is 20% off the retail price while supplies last. There are limited sizes and quantity on all items. Drop by the Activities Office office during normal school hours to purchase your apparel!

Stay Connected With The Activities Department

There are many ways for Viking fans to stay informed and aware of everything going on at Howell. Below you can find several platforms to find information specific to the Howell Activities Department. Finding information and content on our activities, clubs and sports has never been easier!

Twitter- @FHVikings

Website & App –

Instagram - FHVikings

Viking Insider (Weekly E-Magazine) Sign up at

Youtube Channel -

Camp Website –

Activities Hotline- 636-851-4700 (Option 1)

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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

261 GAC Championships

163 District Championships

79 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships