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Howell Named 4th Best High School For Athletes In Missouri

Francis Howell High School has been named the 4th Best High School For Athletes in Missouri by Niche in their recent 2018 rankings. This is the 4th consecutive year that Howell has landed inside the Top 10 of the rankings with their highest ranking of #3 coming in 2016. Congratulations to our coaches, sponsors and parents for their continued efforts to make Howell activities and sports a successful and integral part of the high school experience. It truly is a great time to be a Viking!

Niche 2018 Best High School For Athletes In Missouri

Historic Winter Season Comes To An End

It was the most successful season in school history for our winter sports. The winter season brought Viking fans many "Firsts" in program and school history along the way. For the second straight year all four winter sports won conference championships. Prior to the past two years all four winter sports had never won a conference championship in the same year. For the first time in school history all three sports that hold a district tournament won district championships in the same year. For the first time in school history the girls swim team earned a Final Four finish. It has truly been a great winter to be a Viking. Congratulations to all of our winter programs. You can find a recap of our very special winter season below.

Conference Championships (4)

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Girls Swim


District Championships (3)

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball


Team State Qualifiers (4)

Boys Basketball - State Sectionals

Girls Basketball - State Sectionals

GIrls Swim - 4th Place State

Wrestling - 8th Place State

Individual State Qualifiers (18)

Wrestling - JT Roberts, Josh Kyle, Robert Saunders, Peter Enos, Geoffrey Seebeck, Dylan Fridrich, Jack Flynn, Nathan Odonohue, Ryan Skillington.

Girls Swim - Samantha Allen, Hayden Bissell, Emma Brabham, Reagan Cathcart, Erin Gilbert, Madison Nguyen, Natalie Nguyen, Katelyn Schenk, Mary Todd.

State Medalists (18)

Girls Swim

200 Free Relay - State Champions - New State Record - (Emma Brabham, Natalie Nguyen, Madison Nguyen, & Regan Cathcart)

50 Free - 2nd Place - Reagan Cathcart

200 IM - 2nd Place - Emma Brabham

400 Free Relay - 3rd Place - (Emma Brabham, Natalie Nguyen, Madison Nguyen, & Regan Cathcart)

100 Fly - 5th Place - Emma Brabham

200 IM - 6th Place - Madison Nguyen

100 Free - 6th Place - Reagan Cathcart

100 Backstroke - 7th Place - Natalie Nguyen

100 Fly - 7th Place - Madison Nguyen


Josh Kyle - 113lbs - 5th Place

Peter Enos - 152lbs - State Champion

Jack Flynn - 195lbs - State Champion

Team Final Fours (3)

Girls Swim (4th)

Cheer (3rd)

Dance - Golden Girls (1st)

State Championships (4)

Dance - Golden Girls

200 Medley Relay (M. Nguyen, N. Nguyen, Brabham, Cathcart)

Jack Flynn

Peter Enos

National Finishes (2)

Golden Girls (Hip-Hop) - 4th

Golden Girls (Jazz) - 11th

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Vikings Win 9 of 13 Conference Championships in Fall & Winter Seasons

It has been an exciting year for our Vikings in the GAC South. The hard work of our student-athletes has paid off with much success in conference play. Through the fall and winter seasons our programs have won nine of thirteen conference championships. Congratulations to our students, coaches, staff and parents for all of their efforts to make our programs so successful.


Boys Soccer

Girls Cross Country

Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Girls Volleyball


Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Girls Swimming


Large Ensemble Earns A "1" At MSHSAA Large Ensemble Festival

Congratulations to our Wind Ensemble on earning a "1" rating at the MSHSAA Large Ensemble Festival. The "1" rating is the highest rating that a group can receive. Congratulations to Mr. Miller and all of our band members for a great accomplishment.
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Cheer Continues Its Work With Special Olympics

Even though the cheer season has ended our Howell Cheerleaders continue to work with the Special Olympic cheerleaders. Our Lady Vikings are working to develop skills in all participants and provide them with a fun activity. The outreach and continued efforts of the Howell Cheer program is all part of a commitment of Howell activities, clubs and sports to be actively involved in our community. To date in the 2017-18 school year our Howell programs have donated over $31,000 to local charities and have performed over 2,000 hours of service. Thank you to our cheerleaders and many Howell program that are continuing to do great things in our community.

Basketball All-Conference Teams Released

The boys and girls basketball teams were released this past week and Howell was well represented on the list. Congratulations to the following Vikings and Lady Vikings on their accomplishments and great seasons!

Boys Basketball

Matt Schark - 1st Team

Daylan Dalton - 1st Team

Matthew Simmons - 2nd Team

Girls Basketball

Tionne Taylor - 1st Team

Taylor Russell - 2nd Team

Tionne Taylor Named GAC South Player Of The Year

Congratulations to Howell senior Tionne Taylor on being named the GAC South Co-Player of the Year. This season Tionne averaged over 17 points a game and also surpassed 1,000 points for her career. Congratulations to Tionne and good look as she continues her academic and athletic career at McKendree University.
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Coach Jacob & Coach Muench Earn GAC South Coach Of The Year Honors

Congratulations to Coach Kurt Jacob and Coach Morgan Muench on being named the GAC South Coaches of the Year. Additionally, Coach Muench was named the District Coach of the Year. The two coaches led their programs to GAC South Championships as well as District Championships this season. It was the first time in school history that both programs won district championships in the same season.

Howell Lands 5 On All-District Basketball Teams

The post-season awards continue to come in for the Howell basketball programs. This week the Class 5 District 4 All-District basketball teams were announced and Howell had several student-athletes earn spots on the prestigious team. Congrats to the following Vikings:

Boys Basketball

Matt Schark

Daylan Dalton

Matthew Simmons

Girls Basketball

Lexy Pellegrini

Tionne Taylor

Coach Stroh Named Class 4 District 2 Coach Of The Year

Congratulations to Coach Stroh on being named the Class 4 District 2 Coach of the Year. The Vikings finished the regular season with a dual record of 13-2. This year the Vikings were conference champions, district champions and finished 8th at State. Under Stroh's leadership the past twelve seasons the Vikings have amassed a 183-50 record. In those twelve season Coach Stroh has coached 6 state champions, 17 state finalists and 38 state medalists. Congratulations to Coach Stroh on being named the District Coach of the Year.

Drumline Competes At MCCGA Event At O'Fallon High School

Congratulations to our Howell Winter Drumline on another great performance at the O'Fallon High School MCCGA Competition. The Drumline continues to work hard this winter to prepare for the WGI Nationals in April.
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Jack Flynn Earns Win In East vs. West All-Star Match

Congratulations to Jack Flynn on winning his match 7-2 in the East vs. West All-Star Match held this past week in Illinois. The Howell Viking will be furthering his education and wrestling career at Mizzou next fall. Congratulations to Jack on a great season and career at Howell.

STUCO & Make-A-Wish Club Team Up For "Wish Wars"

Our very own Howell STUCO & Make-A-Wish Club are teaming up to bring Vikings a new opportunity to support our community through the "Wish Wars" during March! This grade level competition will allow students to compete against other grades in working towards raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Donuts will be given to the grade level that raises the most money over the course of the two week event. Below you can find the schedule of events during the next two weeks. Please consider getting involved in this great competition for a great cause.

3/1 - Donations accepted during Parent/Teacher Conferences

3/7 & 3/14 - Donate during Howell Time

3/12 - 3/16 - Donate during all lunches

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Tradition Lives Here

242 GAC Championships

151 District Championships

72 Final Four Appearances

26 State Championships