The Viking Insider

Your Weekly Howell Activities E-Magazine

Tennis Wins FHC Doubles Tournament

Howell Lady Vikings Tennis is off to a hot start to the season. The program is currently 6-0 and is 54-0 in matches played. On Friday, the Lady Vikings won the FHC Doubles Tournament to add to their undefeated match play. Congratulations to Coach Oehrlein and the girl's tennis program on their great start to the season!
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Softball Goes 3-1 In Cor Jesu Tournament

The softball program played in the Cor Jesu Tournament over the weekend and posted a 3-1 record. The lone Lady Viking loss came to one of the top high school programs out of Oklahoma, Owassa. You can review the results of the Cor Jesu Tournament below. The Lady Vikings are currently 8-3 on the season and will play three games this week.


Cor Jesu Tournament Results

Owassa, OK 8 Howell 2

Howell 7 Union 4

Howell 15 Parkway North 2

Howell 7 Coweta, OK 0

Soccer Improves To 5-0; Enters Rankings At #7

The Howell soccer program is off to a dominant start to the 2017 season. The Vikings are currently 5-0 and 2-0 in the GAC South standings. What is more impressive than their undefeated start to the season is the fact that they have outscored their opponents 26-1 on the season. We hope all Viking fans get the opportunity to go out and support our soccer program this week as they look to build on their strong start to the season.
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Football Earns 51-7 Win Over FZE

The football program bounced back from last weeks close loss to #5 state ranked Eureka by traveling to FZE. The Vikings led the entire game in route to a 51-7 win. Sophomore Gideon Niboh led the way with 3 touchdowns and over 100 yards rushing while Jack Flynn added two touchdowns on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball Bailey Ryan & Josh Unland led the way w/ 7 tackles. Jack Flynn also finished the night with 6 tackles, 2 sacks, & 2 tackles for loss. You can view pictures from the game as well as an STL Today article by clicking the links below. This week the Vikings face off with Troy at home for the 3rd Annual Frist Responders Night.


STL Today Article On Win Over FZE

Pictures From Howell vs. FZE Game

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Swim Earns Win Over Timberland To Improve To 3-0 On Season

The boys swim team continued their winning ways as they competed against Timberland at the Rec Plex on Thursday night. The Vikings brought home a 125-60 win over the Wolves of Timberland. It was a complete team win as several swimmers contributed to the point total to earn the Vikings their third win of the season. You can view several of the top performers below. Congratulations to Josh Smith for qualifying for State on Thursday night with six dives.


Meet Top Performers

100 Back - Grainger (1st) Krahl (2nd)

200 Free Relay - Yang, Clark, Doan, Doumit (2nd)

500 Free - Patterson (1st) Reilmann (3rd)

100 Free - Doumit (1st) Thompson (3rd)

100 Fly - Clark (1st) Holt (2nd) & Krahl (4th)

200 IM - Yang (1st) Doan (2nd)

200 Free - Guffey (2nd) Reilmann (3rd)

200 Med Relay - Doan, Holt, Thompson, Reilmann (3rd)

200 Med Relay - Patterson, Yang, Clark, & Doumit take (1st)

Dive - Josh Smith wins and qualifies for State

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Varsity Girls XC Takes 4th Out Of 47 Teams At Memphis Twilight Classic

The Varsity Girls Cross Country program hit the road to Memphis to compete in the Memphis Twilight Classic. The cross country event hosts the top high school cross country programs from throughout the Midwest. The Lady Vikings finished 4th out of 47 teams on Saturday night. Our very own Erin Gilbert finished 19th overall with a time of 19:52.66. Congratulations to Erin and the entire girls program on such a strong showing a the Memphis Twilight Classic!

JV Boys & Girls Cross Country Win FZN Invitational

The Boys and Girls JV Cross Country teams traveled to FZN on Friday. The boys and girls programs both walked away with first place finishes at the FZN Invitational. You can view the top finishers below. Congratulations to the JV Boys and Girls programs!


JV Boys

Josh Kyle - 1st

Jeremy Lonigro -3rd

Henry Filipek - 5th

Jared Bishop - 10th

Connor McLaughlin - 15th


JV Girls

Ashleigh Martin - 1st

Sarah Russom - 3rd

Gracie Wilkenson - 4th

Alison Schultz - 7th

Megan West - 8th

Meghan Bonham - 17th

Natalie Althof - 19th

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Girls JV XC Wins Memphis Twilight Classic

The JV Girls traveled to Memphis to compete with some of the top high school cross country programs in the Midwest and walked away with the title at the Memphis Twilight Classic. Our Lady Vikings competed against 25 JV programs from across the Midwest and came out on top. The JV Lady Vikings were paced by a 6th place finish from Lexie Comparato, 8th place finish by Nora Stith, 9th place finish by Alexis Edgar, and a 13th place finish by Alicia Zitting. Congratulations to all that participated and represented Howell so well at a regional event.

Volleyball To Host Dig Pink Challenge This Saturday

The Side-Out Foundation, in partnership with All Volleyball, Inc., is proud to announce the 2nd annual Dig Pink Challenge powered by All Volleyball. This event which was held for the first time in 2016, will expand from two to six high school volleyball teams and be held at Howell this coming Saturday, September 9. Last year’s event raised $34,968.


Funds raised during the Dig Pink Challenge go toward a clinical trial specifically for patients with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research.You can help donate to the Dig Pink Challenge in honor of Francis Howell by clicking this link - https://giving.side-out.org/campaigns/12859#.WZ3OMP4sBQU.twitter


We hope to see a full house on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. to support our Lady Vikings and a great cause! You can see a feature by KSDK Newschannel 5 by clicking the link below.


KSDK Feature On Dig Pink Challenge


Dig Pink Challenge Saturday, September 9th

2 pm Cor Jesu vs. Webster Groves

3:30 Lafayette vs. Parkway West

5:00 Howell vs. Troy

Girls Golf Takes 3rd In Helias Invitational

The girl's golf program brought home a third place finish at the very competitive Helias Invitational. Congratulations to Kylee Hormuth for taking 6th place.
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Golf Takes 3rd At Troy Invitational

Congratulations to the girls golf program for finishing third at the Troy Invitational held at Woods Fort Country Club. The Lady Vikings were led by Kylee Hormuth (7th), Sammie Marcus (8th) and Jess Fisher (9th.)

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Howell To Host It's 3rd Annual First Responders Night

This Friday night will be a special night not only for Viking fans but also for first responders and the community. This Friday's game will be the 3rd Annual "First Responders Night." The theme for the game on Friday is "Red, White, & Blue." All Howell and Troy fans are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to the game to show their support. All first responders and military personnel in uniform or with an ID will be admitted to the game for free. The game will also serve as a fundraiser for the Backstoppers. An evening of events has been planned to honor the great men and women that serve as First Responders and those that defend our country in the military.


A list of events and activities for the night is listed below. We encourage the entire Howell community to come out and support not only the Vikings but the great men and women we are honoring as we look to raise money for the Backstoppers. The past two years the Howell community has raised nearly $4500 at First Responders Night.


First Responders Night Events/Activities Planned



  • Local First Responders will have trucks and vehicles on display prior to the game.
  • Nearly 700 t-shirts will be worn by Howell fans to form an American flag in the stands prior to the game. Be seated in this section by 6:00 p.m. to be part of this special event.
  • A check presentation to the Howell Activities Department by Farmers Insurance Agent Mark Arnold.
  • A recognition of the Francis Howell School Board and Executive Cabinet
  • A special flyover and delivery of the game ball will occur at 6:45 PM courtesy of Metro Air Support.
  • Central County Fire & Rescue Honor Guard will present the colors for the National Anthem
  • The Howell Viking Bands will perform the National Anthem.
  • Junior Viking football players will join Howell Football for a special entrance to the field.
  • Local First Responders will be recognized at halftime
  • A "dash for cash" at halftime to benefit Backstoppers presented by Howell and Troy Cheer as well as the Howell Golden Girls.



**Please note that this has been the largest attended football game the past two years. It is strongly recommended to arrive early and to purchase your tickets immediately upon arrival to avoid lines just before game time. Additionally, you can purchase your tickets online through the StateChamps app to avoid lines. Information can be found at the bottom of this Viking Insider. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m this week to help alleviate long lines prior to kickoff. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:40 p.m. in order to not miss the special pre-game festivities.

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A Fan Guide To The 3rd Annual First Responder's Night

Arrive Early - Due to an expected record crowd Viking fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday night. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be in the stadium by 6:20 p.m. to enjoy the many pre-game events planned.


First Responders & Active Military- All First Responders and current active military will be admitted free to the game with an ID.

Red, White, & Blue Theme- All fans are encouraged to wear red, white and blue in honor of our First Responders and military personnel.

Seating In East Endzone (Tennis Court Side) - Viking fans can now get even closer to the action on Friday nights! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the game by sitting in the east end zone nearest the tennis courts. Limited seating is available in this area so fans are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is first come, first serve.

Crowd To Create 100 Foot Long American Flag- You will not want to miss the opportunity to be part of the crowd that will create a 100 foot long American flag. Fans arriving early will be able to sit in a section of nearly 700 fans that will receive a free t-shirt courtesy of STUCO that will form an American flag that measures over 100 feet long. Several photo opportunities will be available prior to the game highlighting this opportunity. Fans wanting to be a part of this new feature are encourage to be in the stands by 6:00 p.m. to ensure a seat in the section.

Honor Guard To Present Colors- The Central County Fire & Rescue Honor Guard will present the colors prior to the football game.

Delivery of Game Ball- A trademark of the First Responders Night at Howell is the special delivery of the game ball. Viking fans will be able to view a special fly over and delivery of the game ball courtesy of Metro Air Support.

You Can Purchase Tickets Online- Purchasing tickets to your favorite Howell events just got easier! You can now purchase your tickets on www.fhvikings.com and through the "StateChamps" app! The free app allows you to avoid the lines at games and purchase your tickets directly from your phone. After purchasing your ticket through the app you just show the digital ticket to the gate worker and they will swipe the ticket on your phone!

Coach Spotlight: Anna Jovanovic

Coach: Anna Jovanovic

Howell Sport/Activity Coached: Boys & Girls Swim & Dive

Years Coaching At Howell: 5

College Experience: Collegiate swimmer at the University of Northern Iowa and Truman State University.

Why did you decide to enter the coaching profession? I love the sport and wasn't ready to give it up completely. I had such a great experience swimming at Howell and my high school coach had a huge impact on my life. Still to this day we talk so I wanted to share that experience with the members of my team.

What do you enjoy most about Howell? I love the atmosphere at Howell. It really is second to none. I wish I would have been at Howell during this time because they have something special going on. Everyone supports each other and you can tell this by how successful all the programs have been lately. Mr. Erwin does an awesome job promoting the programs.

In my spare time I like to …... I have a membership at a spinning gym that I love to go to. I also love reading and hanging out with friends, family and my dog!

Band Prepares For O'Fallon Township Competition

The band competition season promises to be an exciting one for Howell. The program has had a strong summer of preparation and a new level of commitment which has produced great results leading into their first competition of the season. On Saturday, the Vikings will travel to O'Fallon Township to compete.


The 2017 show is entitled “Infinity: No Beginning, No End.” The show is directed by Chris Miller and assisted by Mark Ishman and Bryan White. The Drum Majors are Matt Bahan, Mary Todd and Brandon Hofman. The program also features a solo by Amanda Lynch.

You can view a preview of their show from their performance at the FHSD Band Preview by clicking the links below. We hope all Howell family members get out to support our great band this season!


FHSD Band Preview Performance #1

FHSD Band Preview Performance #2

Softball To Host 4th Annual Purple Out Softball Game

The Fourth Annual "Purple Out" softball game will take place this Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. at Lindenwood University. The annual event is an outreach effort of the softball program to support and raise funds for the "Purple Out Scholarship," which will be given to a graduating senior who shows strength, leadership, and a passion for what they want to pursue in life. Additionally, all surplus funds from the evening are donated to the Friends of Kids With Cancer organization.


Last year the softball program raised $1156 for the great cause. It was amazing to see the overwhelming support of Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, fans, and the community. We hope all Viking fans take advantage of the opportunity to watch our Lady Vikings play under the lights at Lindenwood and to support such a great cause.

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Over 300 Students Attend First Viking Leadership Academy Of 2017-18

This past week Howell students had their wfirst opportunity of the 2017-18 school year to attend the new look Viking Leadership Academy (VLA). The Viking Leadership Academy has gone through sstructural and format changes for the 2017-18 school year that will greater serve all students at Howell. On Wednesday, over 300 students attended VLA and participated in 40 minutes of leadership development.


During the first session students discussed "What makes Howell great?" and "What can we do to continue to improve the experience for all at Howell?" Those attending VLA also focused on structured conversations about the Howell R.I.S.E. core values of Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence. Vikings began initial activities during VLA on how they can carry out the first theme of VLA which is to "Model It."


During the 2017-18 school year, VLA will meet twice a month during Howell time. All Howell students are encouraged to attend these interactive sessions. A curriculum that is theme based is used to help develop leadership skills and traits that will help students to be successful at Howell as well as in their activity or sport and ultimately in life. The five themes that are the focus of the VLA program are:


  • Model It

  • Inspire Other Vikings

  • Challenge Other Vikings

  • Involve All Vikings

  • Celebrate Viking Accomplishments

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Howell Alum Calvin Munson Becomes First Howell Football Player To Make NFL Roster

Congratulations to Howell alum Calvin Munson! On Saturday, the New York Giants released their 52 man roster which included Munson. Calvin becomes the first Howell football player to earn a spot on an NFL roster.
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Howell Vikings In The News

Howell Swimmer Prepares For Journey To Africa

Click link above for an article on Howell swimmer Reagan Cathcart

Howell Activities Department Offers Free App To Follow The Vikings

It continues to become easier and easier for Viking fans to stay up to date and informed about their favorite Viking activities. The Activities Department now has an app of iOS and Android. Find schedules, scores, news, pictures, and more on the new app. The best part of the app is that it is completely free! Download your app today by clicking one of the links below.


iTunes Store Link - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bigteams/id445479124?mt=8

Google Play Store Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bigteams.droid


Viking Fans Can Now Order Tickets Online

Purchasing tickets to your favorite Howell events just got easier! You can now purchase your tickets on www.fhvikings.com and through the "StateChamps" app! The free app allows you to avoid the lines at games and purchase your tickets directly from your phone. After purchasing your ticket through the app you just show the digital ticket to the gate worker and they will swipe the ticket on your phone!
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Upcoming Howell Events & Activities

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Howell Activities & Events This Week

Click the link above to view the calendar of events for this week.

View FHHS E-Flyers By Clicking This Link

View flyers that pertain to FHHS and our community bly clicking the link above.

Francis Howell High School Activities Department

Tradition Lives Here

242 GAC Championships

151 District Championships

72 Final Four Appearances

26 State Championships