The Viking Insider

Your Weekly Howell Activities E-Magazine

Girls Golf Wins District Championship

Congratulations to the Girls Golf program on winning the District Championship! The Lady Vikings were paced by Kylee Hormuth and her second place finish. The entire team turned in some of their best scores of the season to win its fourth District Championship in program history. The Lady Vikings will now compete in the State Sectionals on Monday for a chance at a birth in the State Championships. Good luck to our Lady Vikings.

District Finishers

Kylee Hormuth - 2nd

Josie Brakensiek - 5th

Sydney Rogers - 6th

Beta Vondera - 8th

Hannah Ichiostro - 11th

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Girls Tennis Wins District Championship

The Girls Tennis program hosted the District Tournament last week and our Lady Vikings turned in a dominate performance that brought home their first District Championship since 2015. The Girls Tennis program has now advanced to the State Sectionals and Quarterfinals to be held at Hazelwood West this coming Saturday. Good luck to our Lady Vikings!
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Howell To Host It's 4th Annual First Responders Night

This Friday, October 12th will be a special night not only for Viking fans but also for first responders and the community. The highly anticipated game will be the 4th Annual "First Responders Night." The theme for the game on Friday is "Red, White, & Blue." All Howell and Holt 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 three years the Howell community has raised nearly $6500 at First Responders Night.

**Please note that this has been the largest attended football game the past three 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 tickets or punch passes in the Activities Office all this week from 6:30 a.m. - 7:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m this week to help alleviate long lines prior to kickoff. Fans are asked to be in their seats by 6:35 p.m. in order to see the special pre-game festivities planned for this special night. You can find a guide to the evenings activities below.

Your Guide To All Of The 4th Annual First Responders Night Activities

Howell Vikings vs. Holt Indians

October 12, 2018

Gametime: 7:00 p.m.

Gates Open: 5:00 p.m.

Arrive Early - Due to an expected record crowd Viking fans are encouraged to arrive early on Friday night. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and fans are encouraged to be in the stadium by 6:20 p.m. to enjoy the many pre-game events planned. Additionally ticket lines have been added to deal with the large crowds.

Parking & Shuttle - Parking is available on the campus of Francis Howell High School as well as the Weldon Spring Site (Rockpile). A shuttle will be running from the Weldon Spring Site to the stadium from 5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for fans. Once the high school campus lot is full, all cars will be directed to the Weldon Spring Site (Rockpile) where additional parking is available and a shuttle will drop fans off at the stadium.

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

Police Drug & Attack Dog Demonstration - Local police agencies will put on a demonstration of drug and attack dog tactics inside the tennis courts next to the stadium from 5:45 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to view officers and their K9 dogs as they go through several simulations. K9 Officers will also share drug related information with those in attendance. This opportunity is being made possible by the Ryan Griffin Memorial Foundation and Dowdy Dogs.

Future Viking Night - Students from John Weldon, Independence, Daniel Boone, Castlio, Warren, Howell Middle and Bryan Middle are admitted free with an accompanying adult and “Future Viking Night” flyer. Free admission is for students only.

JR Viking Football, JR Viking Cheer, & Middle School Band - Students involved with these groups will be admitted free to the game with their jersey or uniform. Students from all three groups will welcome the team to the field and the middle school band will help in the performing of the National Anthem.

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 night. Additional seating for up to 800 fans is being added to the east endzone. Fans are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is first come, first serve in this area.

Farmers Insurance Presentation - Mark and Tyler Arnold from Farmers Insurance will present the Howell Activities Department a check to support Howell programs.

Honor Guard To Present Colors- The Riverview Gardens High School NJROTC Color Guard will present the colors prior to the football game.

Special 50 State Recognition- We will present a very unique and special recognition of the fifty states prior to the National Anthem. This will be a great photo opportunity you will not want to miss.

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. Howell alum and current Battalion Chief of the St. Charles County Ambulance District Brandon Jones and his family will receive the game ball which will be presented by current Howell parent and Captain of the St. Charles County Bureau of Special Enforcement Craig Ostermeyer.

Special Game Entrance - Viking fans can enjoy a special entrance to the field courtesy of our friends at Peoples Savings Bank. The best entrance in high school football just got better! Be sure that you are in your seats as our Vikings take the field.

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Win A Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride To Benefit The Backstoppers

4th Annual Francis Howell First Responders Night Football Game

Metro Air Support Helicopter Ride Raffle

Here’s your opportunity to experience a helicopter ride with the Metro Air Support unit while also supporting the Backstoppers.

Prize: Winner receives a certificate which entitles them to one ride in a Metro Air Support helicopter. Date and time to be coordinated and approved by the Commander of the Metro Air Support Unit. (All passengers must be 16 years of age or older)

Ticket Sales: Monday, October 8th - Thursday, October 11th at 11:59 p.m. Tickets can only be purchased at

Ticket Cost: $10 per ticket or 6 tickets for $50

Drawing: Will take place on October 12th. The winner will be announced at halftime of the football game. Winner does not need to be present.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Backstoppers.

Boys Cross Country Wins GAC South Championship, Cimmarusti Finishes First

It was a great GAC South Cross Country Meet for the Viking on Thursday. For the first time since 2010 the boys program won the GAC South and for the first time since 1994 they won the conference title in the same year as the girls. The Vikings turned out several great performances including many PR's. Howell sophomore Nick Cummarusti finished first to lead a group that had six finish in the top twenty. You can view the finishes below. Congratulations to the Boys Cross Country program!

Top 20 Howell Finishers

Nick Cimmarusti - 1st

Blake Panagos - 8th

Hunter Tosto - 10th

Deivydas Hermanas - 12th

Josh Kyle - 14th

Sam Porten - 15th

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Girls Cross Country Wins GAC South Championship, Russom Finishes First

For the fourth straight year and for the eighth time in ten years the Lady Vikings Cross Country program has won the GAC South Cross Country Meet. The Lady Vikings put on another dominant performance by placing five girls in the top ten. You can see the results of all top twenty finishers below. Congratulations to sophomore Sarah Russom on finishing first in the meet!

Top 20 Howell Finishers

Sarah Russom - 1st

Chloe Figgins - 3rd

Michaela Flynn - 5th

Alexis Edgar - 6th

Maggie May - 7th

Adeline Ferreira - 15th

Megan West - 16th

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JV Girls Cross Country Wins GAC South Meet, Boys Finish Second

The JV Boys and Girls Cross Country programs had a successful day at the GAC South Cross Country Meet. The Lady Vikings won the meet paced by a first place finish by Lily Boushelle and the boys program finished second in a very competitive boys division. Below you can find the results of the JV Girls and Boys program. Congratulations to all of our Howell Cross Country runners on a great day!

JV Girls Top 20 Results

Lily Boushelle - 1st

Taylor Russell - 2nd

Nora Stith - 3rd

Erin Ehrig - 4th

Sarah Stith - 6th

Ashleigh Martin - 16th

Danielle Robinson - 17th

Audrey Zander - 19th

Megan Bonham - 20th

JV Boys Top 20 Results

Caleb Estes - 7th

Jayce Hollister - 8th

Henry Filipek - 9th

Elijah Holt - 15th

Football Wins Fifth Straight Game, Clinches GAC South Title

The Howell football program won it's fifth straight game on Friday night with a 50-7 win over FHN. The win was the fourth in GAC South play which earned them at least a share of the GAC South title for the first time since 2015. With a win this coming Friday over Holt the Vikings would win the conference championship outright.

Girls Tennis Members Advance To State Sectionals in Singles & Doubles

The individual girls tennis districts were held on Friday at Howell. The Lady Vikings Tennis program will be well represented in the State Sectionals after both a singles and a doubles team advanced. Congratulations to Kennidy Shirey for finishing second in singles and to Rebecca Zile and Elise VanMatre for finishing first in doubles. All three Lady Vikings will now compete in the singles and doubles State Sectionals on Tuesday afternoon at Howell. Good luck ladies!
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XC Runners Russom & Cimmarusti Enter Top 25 In School History

Congratulations to Sarah Russom (19:28), for entering the top 25 cross country time list in Howell history. Sarah is now the 18th fastest girl in school history. Nick Cimmarusti (16:46) is also now one of the top 25 fastest cross country runners in school history as well. Nick recently became the 25th fastest boy. Both Sarah and Nick are sophomores. so there are many good things ahead for these two Vikings!

Boys Swim "Diving" Into End Of Regular Season

The boys swim season is closing in on the GAC Meet and the Vikings have had a successful run so far during the regular season. The Boys Swim program is currently 8-2 on the season and preparing to make a strong run at the conference meet. Good luck to our Howell swimmers as they finish up the regular season.
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Soccer Seniors Win On Senior Night, Move To 13-2-1 On Season

The Boys Soccer program continues to have an impressive 2018 campaign. The Vikings are currently 13-2-1 on the season and are coming off a 3-1 win over FHC on Senior NIght. The soccer program will finish up the regular season over the course of the next two weeks in hopes of bringing home the GAC South Championship. Fans are encouraged to get out and support the boys soccer program that is having one of the most successful regular seasons in program history. To find their schedule visit
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Band Hosts 38th Annual Howell Marching Band Invitational

Congratulations to the Howell Viking Marching Band for putting on their 38th Annual Howell Marching Band Festival. The yealy event is a Howell tradition that draws teams from around the state and Illinois to compete on the campus of Francis Howell High School. It is one of the largest events hosted on campus during the school year and takes a large group of people to make it all possible. Thank you to our band members, staff, parents and members of the community for volunteering to make it all such a great event for Howell and our community.
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Mandatory Winter Meet The Coaches Set For October 10th

The winter season "Meet the Coaches" has been set for October 10th. Eligibility paperwork turn in will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the high school commons with the meeting portion of the evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. All eligibility paperwork must be complete to be turned in. All students participating in a fall MSHSAA sponsored activity must have this completed prior to the first day on October 29th. It is recommended that all paperwork be turned in at the "Meet the Coaches" event on October 10th. To ensure participation on October 29th all fully complete paperwork must be turned in no later than October 25th at noon. A link to all eligibility paperwork can be found below.

2018-19 Eligibility Paperwork

Winter Impact Testing Dates Released

Freshman, Juniors and new students to Howell in the winter sports of basketball, wrestling and witnterguard that have not taken their Impact Testing yet to do so on the dates listed below. Please be aware that those that do not complete their impact testing may not participate in the first day of winter sports tryouts on October 29th.

Upcoming Winter Sports Impact Testing Dates

October 10 @ 1:45pm (Learning Commons)

October 10 @ 4:45pm (Learning Commons prior to Winter Meet the Coaches)

Choir Puts Focus On Leadership Development & Growth

Programs at Howell continue to focus on the R.I.S.E. core values of Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence. Through these values the coaches and sponsors within our programs look to build leaders within their programs and outside of school. This year the choir program has started a Choir Leadership Council that will aim to not only improve the choir program but also improve the experience for those involved. Mrs. Fitzpatrick continues to develop not only great singers within the program but also great people that will represent Howell with pride. Thank you to the choir program and Mrs. Fitzpatrick for continuing to raise the bar and set high expectations within her program.
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Girls Volleyball Program Continues Outreach In Community

On Friday night the Freshman and JV Girls Volleyball teams volunteered at the Renaud Center in their annual "Rec-or-Treat" event. The outreach is just one small piece of the programs efforts to get into the community to develop relationships and lifelong skills for those involved. Thank you to the girls volleyball program for representing Howell in such a positive way in our community.

Howell Alum & MLB Pitcher Graves Meets With Football Team

This past week Howell alum and Miami Marlins pitcher Brett Graves met with the football program and offered them some words of advice. Graves was a two sport standout student-athlete at Howell that played both baseball and football. Graves played college baseball at the University of Missouri and was then drafted in the MLB draft and is currently on the pitching staff of the Miami Marlins. Earlier this year Brett became the first Howell player to play in an MLB game. Thank you to Brett for giving back and coming back to Howell to speak with the football program.
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What Does It Take To Be A Good Howell Teammate, Coach, Parent Or Fan? We have the answers!

As Howell continues to focus it's efforts on developing better leaders and better representatives of Howell within it's programs, the focus and efforts extend well beyond the student-athletes. Coaches, parents and fans are also asked to represent and display our R.I.S.E. core values of Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence at all Howell events and games. The Howell family has never been stronger or more supported and we look forward to continuing to build on the success and we look forward to all Howell family members being part of our "team." How can you be a better teammate, coach, parent or fan at Howell and at our events? We have the answers below! We hope to continue to see Howell represented in a positive way and hope that each of you help others around you to show their Viking Pride and what makes Howell such a great place to be!
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Youth Spectator Guidelines Reminder

As we begin several consecutive weeks of "Friday Night Lights" the FHSD would like to remind all parents and students of our youth spectator guidelines that are in place to ensure the safety of students and fans at all FHSD events.

All students and children currently enrolled in the eighth grade and younger must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult to be admitted to or remain at the event. Students and children are expected to remain under the supervision of the adult that they are attending the event with.

Youth spectators as described above will not be admitted to the stadium without a designated adult. Any youth spectators without a designated adult will be held outside the stadium until their parents come to pick them up or accompany them into the game.

Accompanying adults are asked to maintain diligent supervision of those youth spectators for which they have assumed responsibility the entire contest. Any youth spectators found to be without adult supervision will be returned to the adult(s) they came to game with. If their adults are unable to be found, they will be held outside the stadium until a responsible adult comes to pick them up or accompany them back to the game.


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Francis Howell High School Cheerleaders Present:

3rd Annual Mouse Races

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the

New Melle Sports and Recreation Facility Banquet Hall

Doors open at 6:30p.m., Races begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person, or $160 per table

*Price includes drinks and snacks.

You may bring your own drinks and food.


If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets please contact:

Shannah Hultman 636-357-9971


Donation, Melinda Campbell 314-369-1478

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252 GAC Championships

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