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Wrestling Wins GAC South Title & GAC Tournament

It was quite a week for the Howell wrestling program. On Wednesday the Vikings clinched the GAC South title for the third straight year and the fourth time in five years with a convincing win over Troy on the road. On Friday and Saturday, they competed at Lindenwood University in the GAC Tournament that featured 17 GAC schools and brought home the championship in convincing fashion by sixty points. The Vikings walked away with four champions in Josh Kyle, Nate Odonohue, Ryan Skillington and Jack Flynn who moved his record on the season to an undefeated 32-0. You can view the results from the GAC tournament below. You can read the STL Today feature on Jack Flynn and the tournament championship for the Vikings here - STL Today Article Congratulations to Coach Stroh and the wrestling program on the sweep of GAC championships!

GAC Tournament Medalists

106 - JT Roberts (24-12) placed 3rd and scored 14.00 team points.

113 - Evan Kreith (17-9) placed 3rd and scored 20.00 team points.

120 - Josh Kyle (26-6) placed 1st and scored 27.00 team points.

132 - Moses Powell (14-18) placed 6th and scored 11.00 team points.

138 - Robert Saunders (13-11) placed 6th and scored 9.00 team points.

170 - Gunnar Mohrmann (17-14) placed 5th and scored 15.00 team points.

182 - Dylan Fridrich (24-10) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.

195 - Jack Flynn (32-0) placed 1st and scored 30.00 team points.

220 - Nathan Odonohue (26-5) placed 1st and scored 30.00 team points.

285 - Ryan Skillington (25-7) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.

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Boys Basketball Wins Kaminsky Classic

The boy's basketball program continued its winning ways over the weekend as it captured the championship in the Kaminsky Classic hosted by Joplin High School. In route to the championships, they faced a tough three game stretch with their opponents having a combined 26-4 record. The Vikings earned wins over #10 state ranked Nevada, Jefferson City, and an undefeated Joplin team. With the wins, the Vikings moved to 11-3 on the year, which is one of the most successful starts to the season in program history.

The Vikings not only picked up the team title but also walked away with individual awards. Congratulations to both Daylon Dalton and Matt Schark on being named to the all-tournament team.

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Golden Girls Have Success At Chicagoland Dance Championship

The Golden Girls program traveled to the University of Illinois-Chicago over the weekend to compete in the Chicagoland Dance Championship. Both the JV and Varsity programs had a successful day competing against some of the top dance programs from throughout the Midwest. Below you can find the results from the JV and Varsity routines. Congratulations to our Golden Girls and thank you to all of the parents that made the trip to Chicago to support these hard working young ladies!



Hip-Hop - 3rd

Jazz - 3rd


Hip-Hop - 1st

Jazz - 3rd

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Howell Programs Volunteer 1142 Hours & Donate $25,062 To Charities During First Semester

Activities, clubs and sports at Francis Howell High School continue to make their mark on our local community. All programs at Howell are actively involved in giving back to the community and gaining the great benefits that come from outreach and service to others. Being part of a Howell program is much more than just participating in that activity, club or sport and the benefits that come along with participation are endless. During the first semester Howell activities, clubs and sports were active in the community and worked to support 31 programs or charities in the community. Overall during first semester, the Vikings volunteered 1,142 hours and raised $25,062 for charities. You can view a list of organizations that benefitted from the support of our programs during first semester. Thank you to all Howell family members that helped to support these great efforts.

First Semester Program & Organization Outreach

Adopt A Family, Alzheimer's Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, Backstoppers, Childrens Charities, Dig Pink Foundation, Digging For Dads,

Friends of Kids With Cancer, Harvey Relief Effort, JDRF 1 Walk, KEEN Swim, Knights of Columbus - Hurricane Relief, Light the Night, Luke 923 Organization, Lutheran Senior Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mission St. Louis, National Night Out, Oasis Food Pantry, Pedal for Peace, Rock & Roll Marathon, Salvation Army, Siteman Cancer Research, Special Olympics, SPENSA, St. Charles County Deputy Toy Drive, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Toys For Tots Drive, Urban Outreach STL, Walk To End Alzheimers.

Students Involved In Activities, Clubs & Sports At Howell Earn High Attendance Rates

During the first semester, Francis Howell had 1222 students involved in an activity, club or sport. These Vikings not only excelled in their activity or sport, they also had great accomplishments in the classroom. Students that participated in an activity, club or sport during first semester had an attendance rate of 95.8% Those that participated during the first semester on average attended three more days of school. In all, 63 of 66 activities, clubs and sports had an attendance rate over 95% during the first semester. Congratulations to the varsity boys basketball team on earning the highest attendance rate of all programs at 98.55% during the first semester. Thank you to our students, coaches, sponsors and parents for setting high expectations for all students!

Peter Enos Takes 4th At National Tournament

Our very own Peter Enos traveled to the Doc Buchanan Invitational that hosts some of the top wrestlers in the country and internationally. The Viking received the #6 seed in the tournament and walked away with a very impressive fourth place finish. Congratulations to Peter on a great tournament.

JV Wrestling Wins Granite City Tournament

Congratulations to the JV Wrestling team on winning the very tough Granite City Tournament on Saturday. The Vikings had 13 medalists on the day. This is the second tournament championship the JV has won this season.
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Varsity Wrestling Medals 4 At Granite City Tournament

The varsity wrestling program traveled to Granite City, Illinois to participate in the Granite City "Red Schmitt" Tournament. The tournament had several of the top wrestling programs in both Missouri and Illinois competing in it. The Vikings had four wrestlers medal in the two day tournament. Both Peter Enos and Jack Flynn remained undefeated on the season to win their respective weight classes. You can view the medalist from the tournament below. Congratulations to Coach Stroh and the wrestling program on a great tournament.

120 - Josh Kyle (23-6) placed 3rd and scored 41.00 team points.

152 - Peter Enos (27-0) placed 1st and scored 53.50 team points.

195 - Jack Flynn (27-0) placed 1st and scored 51.00 team points.

285 - Ryan Skillington (20-7) placed 7th and scored 21.00 team points.

2018-19 Dead Period & Sports Season Start Dates Released

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.

Summer Dead Period (All MSHSAA Sponsored Activities) - June 30-July 8, 2018

Fall Sports Dead Period (Fall Sports) - July 29-August 5, 2018

Fall Sports Begin August 6, 2018

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 Sports Dead Period - February 17-24, 2018

Spring Sports Begin February 25, 2018

Staff Spotlight - Courtney Kassabaum

Each week we will spotlight the great staff we have at Howell that make our activities, clubs and sports possible. These Vikings put in a great deal of time to represent Howell in positive ways and add so much to our Howell family. Being attached to the Howell building and our community is important for not just students but also staff. This week we highlight our head Golden Girls coach Courtney Kassabaum.

Name: Courtney Kassabaum

Sport/Activity Coached: Golden Girls Dance Team

Years Coaching At Howell: 3 years

College Playing/Coaching Experience: I danced competitively for over 15 years. I went to Lindenwood where I was a 3 time national champion on lion line dance team. I have choreographed for several local dance studios. Last year I choreographed for the Lindenwood University lionettes where they won their very first jazz national championship.

Why did you decide to enter the coaching profession? I decided to enter the coaching profession because I wanted to share my dancing knowledge. I wanted to say I had a part in helping to develop this up and coming exciting generation. I wanted to help dancers grow and strengthen themselves but more importantly I wanted to help shape them as people and help them succeed in the outside world.

What do you enjoy most about Howell? The thing I enjoy most about Howell is the family type atmosphere. I constantly feel supported and truly feel as thought Howell is my family. I know Golden Girls would do anything we can to support our school and I feel as though every group at Howell would do the same. Such a fun and exciting school to coach for!!

In my spare time I like to ….. spend time with family and work in the Emergency Department as a nurse. I like to save lives!!

Spring Meet the Coaches Set For February 15th

The spring season "Meet the Coaches" has been set for February 15th. 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 spring MSHSAA sponsored activity must have this completed prior to the first day on February 26th. It is recommended that all paperwork be turned in at the "Meet the Coaches" event on February 15th. To ensure participation on February 26th all fully complete paperwork must be turned in no later than February 23rd at noon. A link to all eligibility paperwork can be found below.

Meet The Coaches - February 15th

5:30-6:00 pm - Eligibility Paperwork Turn In

6:00-6:20 pm - Presentation By Activities Director Sean Erwin (Only those that did not attend the fall or winter Meet the Coaches need to attend this portion)

6:20-6:45 pm - Team Breakout Sessions (All spring student-athletes must attend)

2017-18 Eligibility Paperwork

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Baseball To Have Open Weight Room Times Beginning In January

All baseball players and any students interested in working out in the mornings can start after the holiday break. Starting in January the baseball coaches will open up the weight room from 6:00 am to 7:00 am on Mondays, Wendsdays, and Fridays. If you have any questions please contact Coach Perkins.


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Tradition Lives Here

242 GAC Championships

151 District Championships

72 Final Four Appearances

26 State Championships