The Viking Insider

Helping You Stay Connected To Your Howell Family

Golf Wins Troy Invitational, Hormuth Finishes First

The Girls Golf program is off to a hot start to the season. On Friday they traveled to the Troy Tournament where they finished first as a team and had four medalists. Congratulations to Kylee Hormuth who shot par 72 and finished in first place. Other medalists included Josie Brakensiek who finished 2nd with a 79, 4th place medalist Hannah Inchiostro and 13th place medalist Sydney Rogers. Congratulations again to these young ladies for a great start to the season. We look forward to following the program this season as they prepare to make a strong post-season run.
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Howell Alum Rygelski Has Volleyball Off To Hot Start & Ranked #3

The Girls Volleyball program is off to a quick 2-0 start to the season under new head coach and Howell alum Danielle Rygelski. The program has earned two GAC South wins over Troy and FHC to start the young season. Our Lady Vikings are currently ranked #3 and have a big week ahead with two matches before they compete in one of the toughest tournaments in the state this coming weekend at St. Joes Academy. Good luck to the volleyball program this week!
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Help Promote & Support Our Howell Family & Programs

The Vikings have gotten off to a strong start this fall across all programs and the support for our programs and attendance at events and games has reached new heights. The focus within all Howell programs extends well beyond the sport or activity involved in. All participants, coaches, parents and fans at Howell are held to high standards that revolve around the Activities Department R.I.S.E. core values of respect, integrity, sportsmanship and excellence. These core values help to guide our programs and experiences for those that participate and attend Howell activities, events and games. The goal is to not only have successful programs but to represent Howell in the best way possible. Below you can find several excellent ways that you can continue to promote and grow our Howell programs as we strive to become the best high school activities department in the State. The promotion and support of our programs by our Howell Family will help us achieve these goals. Thank you to all Vikings and fans for their continued support of Howell and our programs!


  • Positively promote the program with words, actions and social media posts

  • Applaud and recognize all Howell student-athletes, staff, and parents

  • Greet opposing players, fans and officials like they were our own


  • Honor the culture present within Howell programs

  • Honor the values promoted within Howell programs

  • Honor the processes in place within Howell programs


  • Be kind to officials, media and game day personnel

  • Promote sportsmanship in the stands

  • Recognize sportsmanship with your student and within program


  • Support the effort, commitment and involvement of the program and Activities Department

  • Find ways to serve the program, Activities Department and community

  • Encourage others to support Howell programs and the Activities Department

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First Responders Night Raises $2000 For Backstoppers

The annual First Responders Night football game continues to be the largest community event on the campus of Howell and within our community. The event which always attracts media attention and support from the area continues to grow in size and support. The First Responders Night concept is now seen at many area high schools who have used the Howell event to recognize First Repsonders and military in their communities as well.

Last week 12th Man Booster Club president Jenn Heismeyer presented the Cottleville Fire Department with a check for $2000 to be donated to the Backstoppers. The money was raised through the First Responders Night football game. Over the course of the past five years over $10,000 has been donated to the Backstoppers through the First Responders Night game. Thank you to the many great people and organizations that help to make this yearly event possible and such a positive event to recognize the many great people that make our community and country safe. Planning is already underway for next years event and we cannot wait to celebrate this special night with our community in 2020!

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Soccer Falls To #4 Ranked Team In Country 1-0

The Boys Soccer program is off to a great start to the season. They have gotten two early GAC South victories over Troy and FHC. This past Saturday the Vikings faced off with the #4 ranked boys soccer team in the country, Peoria Notre Dame. The Vikings played well but fell short 1-0. The game was a great indicator of the strength of the boys program this season. The expectations are high for this upcoming season and Viking fans look forward to following the program this season.

Not only has the program had success on the field but they have also focused their efforts on recognizing local soccer programs and allowing them to be part of soccer games. Last week two local programs took to the field and were recognized prior to the game. Thank you to the soccer program for continuing to engage our community and welcome fans to Howell events!

Boys Swim Picks Up Two Early Season Wins

The Boys Swim program has seen success early this season. Our Vikings have earned wins over Pattonville and Holt to start the season. Several Vikings have already earned state consideration times and they look forward to continuing to improve on those times. Viking fans are encouraged to get out and support the Boys Swim & Dive program this season as they look to make history!
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Football Ranked #8, Moves To 2-1 With 51-3 Win Over Granite City

Coming off a win over #7 ranked Kirkwood the Vikings took to the road for the first time this season and headed to Granite City. The Vikings walked away with a convincing 51-3 win to move their record to 2-1 on the season. Next up for the Vikings is a matchup with FHC at home this Friday.

The Freshman and JV teams are also off to strong starts and are currently both 2-0. The Freshman will take on Granite City at 5pm on Monday while the JV will face off with Lafayette at 7pm on Monday. Both games are at home.

It Takes A Family - Howell Football Managers

The phrase "It Takes a Family" could not be more true across all of our programs. Our parent, business and community support is what makes our programs so successful. Over the next few editions of the Viking Insider we will continue to showcase programs and the support that they receive from students, parents, volunteers, businesses and our community.

This week we highlight three amazing young men that have dedicated a large amount of time to ensure that the football program is prepared for all practices and games. Patrick, Jarrett and Cade are the three football managers this season. Their dedication and support of the program has been recognized by not only our own program and parents but also visiting programs as well. Thank you to these three great Vikings for making Howell and our football program great!

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Limelight Theatre Attends Leadership Conference

On September 7, 2019, FHHS Limelight Theatre Student Officers, Santino Bono (President), Kennedy Linhauer (Vice President), Lily Moore (Secretary), Sophie Greuner (Recruitment Officer), Allie Thornton (Fundraising Officer), Katie Thuet & Isabella Bartner (Web Masters), and Sam Temper (Junior Representative), attended the Missouri State Thespian Leadership Conference in Jefferson City, Missouri.

During this one-day conference, our officers obtained vital leadership skills that they can take forward with them throughout the year, as well as participated in multiple workshops that will assist them in bringing out the best in FHHS’ Thespian Troupe. Officers participated in many informative workshops such as an Improv Intensive, Creating Props with Liquid Plastic, Scholarships, Tech Challenge and Tech Design, Recruiting the Mob, Droppin' the Droppers, Troupe Performance Opportunities, Looking at College Programs, Page To Stage / MusicWorks Events, and Awards and Grants. The conference also provided for important discussions on how to prepare for the upcoming Missouri State Thespian Conference which will be held January 9-11, 2020.

After attending the Leadership Conference, Fundraising Officer Allie Thornton stated that she is looking forward to “putting myself out there by performing in IEs and Scholarship Auditions, but the All-State Closing Number was particularly interesting to me. I love to sing, dance, and act, and the fact that the theme this year is the ‘20s makes the possibility of performing in the Closing Number super exciting!" Drama Club president, Santino Bono, stated that “the Leadership conference overall helped us a lot in both connecting with other troupes and with our own branch of officers. We can’t wait to share some new ideas that we learned and better our troupe as a whole." All told it sounds like the Leadership Conference has provided the FHHS Limelight Theatre Officers with a solid foundation for a fabulous theatre year!!

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JV Golf Finishes 2nd & 3rd At St. Joe Tournament

The JV Golf program competed in the 9 hole and 18 hole St. Joes golf tournament this past week. The Lady Vikings finished 2nd in the 9 hole tournament and 3rd in the 18 hole tournament. You can view the medalists below from tournaments below. Congratulations to these young ladies for a great tournament!

St. Joe JV Tournament Medalists

Tatum Kaup (9 hole)

Ada Pipkins (9 hole)

Caitlyn Goodrich (9 hole)

Natalie Rottman (18 hole)

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Golf Finishes 4th In Field Of 17 At Helias, Hormuth Finishes 1st

Earlier this week the Girls Golf program traveled to the Helias Tournament to compete against some of the top programs throughout the state. The Lady Vikings finished in 4th place out of a field of 17 teams. Our very own Kylee Hormuth finished first by shooting a tournament low 75. Congratulations to the Girls Golf program on another great tournament performance!
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Homecoming Tickets Go On Sale This Week

Homecoming tickets go on sale this week! Please make sure your fines are paid or you will not able able to purchase tickets. Tickets will be on sale during all lunches and new this year is the ability to use a credit card to purchase your tickets. Below are the dates and cost of tickets for Homecoming.

Ticket Sales During All Lunches

September 19 & 20 - $15

September 23 - 26 - $20

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Homecoming T-Shirts On Sale During Lunches For Just $15

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Howell Alum Cordia Having Early Success At SLU

Howell alum Kennedy Cordia became just the eighth Billiken to record 7 service aces in a match last week. The former Viking was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic! With 139 assists and 7 aces, Kennedy helped lead the Billikens to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2008! Congratulations to Kennedy on such a strong start to her season.

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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