The Viking Insider

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Girls Tennis Wins FHC Doubles Tournament

The Girls Tennis program had a great showing in the Francis Howell Central Doubles Tournament. The Lady Vikings were able to get the weather to cooperate and walked away with the championship. It was a great day for the Lady Vikings and you can view the medalists from the tournament below. Congratulations to these Lady Vikings!

FHC Doubles Tournament Medalists

#1 Doubles - Becca Zile & Elise VanMatre - 1st Place

#2 Doubles - Rylee Jambois & Kennidy Shirey - 1st Place

#3 Doubles - Paige Pinzke & Lily Hudanick - 1st Place

#4 Doubles - Geethika Cherukuru & Mikayla Midgett - 2nd Place

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Girls Golf Finishes Second At Troy Invitational

The Girls Golf program had a very successful week. The Lady Vikings brought home a 2nd place team finish in the 14 team Troy Invitational. The team had three individual medalists on the day. Congratulations to our Lady Vikings!

Troy Invitational Medalists

Kylee Hormuth - 4th

Beta Vondera - 9th

Sydney Rogers - 11th

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#6 State Ranked Girls XC Finishes 3rd At Forest Park Festival

The #6 State ranked Girls Cross Country program competed in the very competitive Forest Park Cross Country Festival which has high school programs from across multiple states in the Midwest compete on the grounds of Forest Park. Our Lady Vikings brought home a 3rd place finish and placed just 1 point behind the #1 ranked cross country program in the State, Blue Springs South. Below you can find the top five Lady Viking finishers in the Forest Park Cross Country Festival. Congratulations to these ladies on a great day!

Top Five Finishers - FPXC Festival

Chloe Figgins - 12th

Sarah Russom - 18th

Maggie May - 29th

Ally Hoppe - 35th

Alexis Edgar - 42nd

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Boys Soccer Moves To 5-0; Ranked #4

The Boys Soccer program has continued their winning ways as they moved to 5-0 on the season after adding two GAC South wins to their resume last week. The Vikings moved up in the rankings to #4. Matt Peters currently leads the Vikings with 7 goals and 3 assists and Tommy Naumann has added 6 goals and 4 assists. Bryce Clemons has also had a great start in goal where he currently holds a 0.28 goals against average. Congratulations to Coach Enright and Bosy Soccer on their strong start to the season.

Girls Golf Finishes 4th In Tough 19 Team Helias Tournament

The Lady Vikings golf program had a busy and successful week. The program traveled to Jefferson City to compete in the very competitive 19 team Helias Tournament. The Lady Vikings brought home an impressive 4th place finish on the day. Each Lady Viking golfer finished inside the top third of the 102 golfer competing. Our very own Kylee Hormuth had a strong day on the course and placed 3rd overall. Congratulations on a great week of golf for our Lady Vikings!

Howell Softball Hosts 5th Annual Purple Out Game To Benefit FOKWC

The softball program will soon be hosting their 5th Annual "Purple Out" game. The game serves as a fundraiser for Friends of Kids With Cancer as well as the Trevor Joerling Scholarship which is given to a student each year at Francis Howell High School. This year the Lady Vikings will take on FHC at Lindenwood University on September 18th at 7pm. We encourage all Viking fans to come out and support this great event and fundraiser. If you would like to purchase a shirt for this event you can do so by clicking the link below. The link will close on Monday morning (9/10) so that all shirts can be delivered by game day. Thank you to all Viking fans for their support of this great event.

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Coach Chojnacki Earns First Win As A Viking

The football program began the season by heading out on the road to face off against two of the top programs in the State. After two close 4th quarter losses the Vikings came home to host a Granite City team that featured two Division I players that were off to a strong start. Due to weather the game was moved to Thursday night and played in front of a great crowd of die hard Viking fans. The Vikings brough home a 49-10 win and Coach Chojnacki's first as head coach of Howell. Congratulations to Coach Chojnacki and the football program on the impressive win.

The lower levels of the football program are also off to a great start to the season. The freshman team is currently 2-0 while the JV is 1-1. Both the Freshman and JV programs travel to Granite City on Monday to take on the Warriors. Good luck to our lower level Vikings!

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Football Featured On Fox 2 Prep Zone

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Howell Events Are About The Howell Family

One of the truly special things that sets Howell apart from others is the support we offer our community and the support that comes from our Howell family. The participation and attendance at the many Howell events is second to none. As we enter the very busy fall season we would encourage all Viking fans and Howell family members to get out and support the many activities and sports that take place both on and off campus for our Vikings. These events are not just about the activity or sport being watched but are about supporting and being together as a Howell family. To keep up with the many great activities, sports and events that take place please visit We hope to see you soon at one of our many great Howell events!

Boys Swim Collects Socks For Homeless

The Boys Swim program is off to a quick 2-1 start to the season. They are not only having success in the pool but also have become actively involved in our community. This season at home meets they will be collecting socks for the homeless. Last week the Vikings hosted Holt in a meet and asked fans to donate socks at the meet. Many Howell and Holt fans helped support this great event which benefits those in our community. The Vikings brought home a 107-73 win against Holt while also collecting many socks for the homeless. We hope all Viking fans support this great outreach effort at future home swim meets.
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4th Annual First Responders Night Postponed To October 12th

The most anticipated and attended event on the campus of Howell each year is the First Responders Night football game that recognizes our military and First Responders while raising money for the Backstoppers. The past three years the Howell community has raised nearly $6500 at First Responders Night. Last week the game was forced to be moved to Thursday due to the weather and all festivities surrounding the First Responders Night Game were canceled. The First Responders Night Game and festivities have been rescheduled for October 12th as our Vikings take on Holt. We hope that all Viking fans can come out to support this great Howell tradition that brings so many different groups together for a great cause.

Boys & Girls JV Cross Country Takes 2nd At First Capital Meet

Congratulations to both the Boys and Girls JV Cross Country programs on placing 2nd at the Capital City Invitational. You can view a recap of the individual medalists for both teams below. Great job by our JV Vikings!

JV Boys Individual Medals:

    • Caleb Estes 3rd at 19:24.15
    • Jayce Hollister 5th at 20:03.85
    • Henry Filipek 6th at 20:06.13
    • Owen Halstead 13th at 20:55.59
    • Colin Spies 22nd at 22:10.31

    JV Girls Individual Medals:

    • Megan West 1st at 22:59.87
    • Nora Stith 3rd at 23:14.85
    • Michaela Flynn 6th at 23:36.94
    • Erin Ihrig 13th at 24:44.59
    • Sara Stith 16th at 25:05.89
    • Danielle Robinson 17th at 25:12.57
    • Laura Spies 21st at 25:59.23

    Talented Howell Artists Put Work On Display

    Howell is full of many talented students across the many activities, clubs and sports that are offered for our Vikings. The one group that continues to impress those in the Howell community is the work of the many artists we have in our building. With the start of a new school year, comes the addition of many new works of art in the art wing of Howell. All students, staff, parents and Viking fans are encouraged to take the walk to the art wing of the building to view some of the very talented artists we have at Howell and the very impressive work they have on display.
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    Band Donates To Help Homeless Children Celebrate Birthdays

    The Band program recently worked to support a great organization in our community, Sweet Celebrations. The organization works to provide birthday parties for homeless children in the St. Charles and St. Louis area. Band members and families donated items to Sweet Celebrations to help them support their mission of providing birthday parties for homeless children in our area. Thank you to our Viking Band for doing such great things in our community.

    For those that would like to learn more about this organization you can follow them on their Facebook page at

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    Follow Courageous Carter And His Journey

    Many Viking fans have asked about how they can follow and support Carter Hinkle, a Howell student and football player that is currently battling leukemia. The family of Carter has set up a Facebook page where friends and family can follow him and received regular updates on his treatment and how he is doing. The link to the families Facebook page can be found below. Thank you to our football program and Howell family for continuing to support this great young man as he battles leukemia.

    "Courageous Carter" Facebook Page

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    New Admission Prices Established For MSHSAA Athletic Events

    The Francis Howell School District has established new rates for the 2018-2019 school year for attendance to MSHSAA athletic events.

    Varsity level games - Adults $5, Students $2, Seniors 60 & over $2.
    Freshman/C-Team/Jr Varsity level games - Adults $3, Students $1, Seniors 60 & over $1.
    Children under 5 are free.

    Senior citizens who reside in the district can acquire a Golden Athletic Pass at district office or at home events with proof of residency. A Golden Athletic Pass will allow free entry into games.

    Adults can purchase an Adult Punch Pass which is good for 10 varsity games for the price of $30. These passes can be purchased at any game or in the Activities Office. Punch passes, student sports passes, Golden Athletic passes, and under age 5 free rules are not valid at tournaments, GAC’s, District, Sectional, and State level events. These funds will be used to support the activities budgets, which have been cut by 30 percent over the past eight years.

    Youth Spectator Guidelines For 2018-19 School Year

    As we begin the fall season and our highly attended "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.

    2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates

    The summer, fall, winter, and spring dead periods for the 2018-19 school year have been released. The MSHSAA 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 18-19 school year.

    Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

    Winter Meet the Coaches - October 10, 2018 (6pm)

    Winter Sports Dead Period (Winter Sports - excluding girls swim) - October 21-28, 2018

    Winter Sports (excluding girls swim) begins October 29, 2018

    Winter Sports Dead Period (Girls Swim) - October 28-November 4, 2018

    Girls Swim Begins November 5, 2018

    Spring Meet the Coaches - February 13, 2019 (6pm)

    Spring Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2019

    Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2019

    Howell Activities Department Unveils New Website

    You can now find all of our favorite Howell activities, clubs and sports in one location! The Howell Activities Department recently unveiled it's new website at The website contains links to programs, schedules, calendars and other important information for those wanting to learn more about the many opportunities offered at Howell. You can also download the free app by searching "rschool app" for your iPhone or Android device! The new website and app continues to add more information and features and we hope that this new resource will be helpful to all Vikings and fans.


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