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Girls Volleyball Wins District Championship, Advances To State Quarterfinals

On Thursday night the Girls Volleyball program won the District Championship in an exciting three set battle with St. Dominic and advanced to the State Sectionals and Quarterfinals on Saturday. You can read the STL Today article about the District Championship win by clicking the link below. The District Championship was the 9th in the past 10 years for the Girls Volleyball program at Howell. On Saturday the Lady Vikings faced off with Pattonville in the State Sectionals and won in two sets to advance to the State Quarterfinals later that night. On Saturday evening the season came to an end with a Final Four apperance on the line as our Lady Vikings lost in three sets to Eureka. The Girls Volleyball program finished an amazing season with a 28-9-1 record. Congratulations to Coach Wilson, staff and players for a great season.


STL Today District Championship Article

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Girls Cross Country Advances As Team To State Championship Meet

Congratulations to the Girls Cross Country program for finishing 2nd at the State Sectional Meet to advance as a team to the State Championship Meet next Saturday in Jefferson City. Mack Flynn, Maggie May, Alexis Edgar, and Chloe Figgins all earned Sectional medals. Good luck to these young ladies next weekend as they represent Howell at the State Meet.


State Sectional Medalists

Michaela Flynn

Alexis Edgar

Maggie May

Chloe Figgins

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Cimmarusti & Hermanas Earn Trip To State XC Meet

Congratulations to Howell Boys Cross Country runners Nick Cimmarusti and Deivy Hermanas for earning State Sectional medals on Saturday and advanicing to the State Championship Meet next Saturday in Jefferson City. The boys programs had a successful season and came up just short of qualifying as a team for the State Championship Meet. Congratulations to the entire boys program and to Nick and Deivydas who will represent Howell next Saturday at the State Championships!


State Sectional Medalists

Nick Cimmarusti

Deivydas Hermanas

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Band Finishes First At St. Genevieve Marching Festival

Congratulations to Band on winning the St. Genevieve Marching Festival. Our Vikings won three caption awards: Best Music, Best Visual, and Best Percussion on their way to a first place finish. The Band also won the Shawn Radcliffe Memorial trophy for highest score of the day among all bands across all classes. Congratulations to our band members and staff on a very successful marching season. Thank you to our parents and band supporters as well for their hard work and efforts in making the season possible.


St. Genevieve Marching Festival Awards

Best Music

Best Visual

Best Percussion

Class 6 First Place

Shawn Radcliffe Memorial Award

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Josh Smith Finishes 2nd In Dive At Conference Meet

Congratulations to Josh Smith on finishing 2nd in dive at the GAC Meet on Saturday. Josh has had an impressive season and looks to continue his success at the State Meet. Our Boys Swim program will compete in the GAC Meet on Monday and Tuesday at the Rec Plex as they look to bring home the eighth conference championship of the fall for our Howell programs. Good luck to Boys Swim!
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Football Advances To District Semifinals With Win Over FZW

The Vikings will travel to Rock Bridge on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. for the District Semifinal game. Howell advanced to the District Semifinal game after their 35-27 win over FZW at home on Friday night. You can read the STL Today article on the game by clicking the link below. We look forward to seeing many Viking fans make the trip to Columbia to support the football program that is currently 7-3 and looking to advance to the District Championship game. Good luck to Coach Chojnacki and our Vikings on Friday night!


Click Here For STL Today Article On Vikings Win Over FZW


Football Post-Season Admission Prices:

District Semifinals - $7 Adult/Student

District Championship - $7 Adult/Student

State Semifinals - $7 Adult/Student

State Championship - $10 Adult/Student

(These are MSHSAA sponsored events so punch passes, student passes and senior passes cannot be used)

Soccer Finishes Most Successful Regular Season In School History, Ranked 41st Nationally

The Boys Soccer program finished up the most successful regular season in program history with a 19-2-1 record and brought home the GAC South conference championship last week. Over the course of the past two seasons the soccer program as amassed an impressive 41-7-2 record. Our Vikings are currently ranked #1 in the St. Louis area, #2 in the State and #41 Nationally. This is the highest National ranking in program history for the soccer program. This week the boys soccer program will compete in Districts at FZW. Good luck to our Vikings as they look to make a strong post-season run.


Howell Boys Soccer Rankings

#1 - St. Louis Area

#2 - State

#41 - Nationally

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Winter Sports Begin Monday

On Monday, October 28th boys basketball, girls basketball, boys wrestling and girls wrestling will begin the winter sports season. The girls swimming season begins on November 5th. In order to participate in a winter sport student-athletes and parents needed to attend the "Meet the Coaches" night that was held earlier in October and all student-athletes need a complete eligibility packet on file in the Activities Office. This eligibility packet includes completion of Impact Testing. Those that do not have all pieces complete prior to tryouts will not be allowed to participate in tryouts until they are complete. Below you can find the locations and times of the first day of tryouts for winter sports. Winter coaches will communicate tryout times and locations beyond the first day to all participants. Good luck to all of our winter sports student-athletes this week.


Tryout Times For Monday, October 28th

Boys Basketball (JV & Varsity) - 4:30-6:30pm - Main Gym

Boys Basketball (Freshman) - 4:30-6:30pm - Aux Gym

Girls Basketball (JV & Varsity) - 2:45-4:30pm - Main Gym

Girls Basketball (Freshman) - 2:30-4:30pm - Aux Gym

Boys Wrestling (Freshman/JV/Varsity) - 3:00-5:30pm - Aux Gym

Girls Wrestling - 3:00-4:30pm - Aux Gym


Tryout Times For Girls Swim - November 5th

Girls Swim - 8:30pm - Rec Plex

Howell Limelight Theatre To Present "The Crucible"

The Howell Limelight Theatre production of The Crucible will be performed November 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Howell Theatre. The Crucible , by Playwright Arthur Miller, is the exciting fictionalized drama of the Salem witch trials that occur in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the late 1600’s. This is a great opportunity to get out and support our very talented cast and crew. Questions regarding the upcoming performances, can be directed to Edward Cole, Drama Director at Edward.cole@fhsdschools.org


Cast: Jakob Ringwald, Dora Vaccaro, Bianca Rai, Kennedy Lindauer, Allie Thornton, Faith Zuber, Faolan Cody, Katie Thuet, Kayla Elmore, Joey Montgomery, Marissa Gibbons, Sam Figgins, Bryce Thornton, Shayna Crosby, Nolan Thurman, Aidan Ferrar, Blake Jenkins, Jeremiah Brown, Izzy Luca, Dylan Enyart, Nick Brock, Kyleigh Holman, Mallory Abshear and Jale Evans.

Fall Student-Participants Excel In Classroom

It has been a historic fall season for our fall activities and sports at Howell but the success is not only taking place in activity or sport. Our Vikings are also winning in the classroom as well. As part of the Activities Department emphasis of winning in activity and sport, in the classroom and in our community, the sponsors and coaches of all programs have committed this fall to working to improve academic success for all Vikings. Each day Howell sponsors and coaches receive an attendance report and also receive detailed monthly attendance reports to guide conversations with student-participants. All fall coaches and sponsors also received grade reports each Friday morning as part of a system to help students and to provide supports for those in need. Thank you to our sponsors and coaches for the emphasis on success in the classroom. Later this winter we will share the academic success of our fall programs. You can view the impressive statistics from the first quarter from our fall student-participants below.


Fall Student-Participant Classroom Success By the Numbers

Fall Student-Participant 1st Quarter Attendance Rate: 97.38%

Grade of "C" or higher in 95.30% of all classes enrolled in during 1st Quarter

Initial Signing Day Attendees Information Needed

November 14th is the date of the NCAA Initial Signing Day. For students that will be signing or that have already signed with their respective schools, the Activies Department is offering the opportunity to have a "Signing Day Picture" taken in front of the Howell media wall. If you or your student would like to take part in the photo opportunity please drop by the Activities Office or email Activities Director Sean Erwin at sean.erwin@fhsdschools.org. On November 14th, the Activities Department will be taking photo's at 7:00 am in the main gym. You must let the Activities Department know prior to this date if you plan on attending.


In April, the Howell Activities Department will host it's annual "Signing Day Ceremony" for family and friends that includes breakfast, a celebration of students signing and an official signing day picture. Last year 65 student-participants going on to further their activity or sport at the college level were involved in this special celebration.

Howell Alum Joerling Inducted Into National Softball Hall of Fame

Congratulations to 1981 Howell alum Todd Joerling on his induction into the National Softball Hall of Fame! Todd was a 16-time national champion who earned USA Softball All-American accolades 10 times during his career. He hit over 2,000 home runs during his 13-year career at the major level. He was also part of the first-ever USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team. Congratulations to Todd on this great accomplishment and national recognition.
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Fall Lower Level Season Recaps Coming Soon

Once the fall season ends for all fall programs we will have a quick season recap of all of our lower level fall programs for Vikings fans. It has been a great fall season for all of our programs and we are looking forward to a successful winter season as well. Thank you to all Viking fans for supporting our fall programs throughout the season. It's truly a great time to be a Viking!
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A Legacy of Excellence

252 GAC Championships

156 District Championships

76 Final Four Appearances

28 State Championships