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Francis Howell Central girls cagers make mark with strong playoff run

Last Saturday was a bittersweet experience for the Francis Howell Central girls basketball team but for the Spartans, their run in the Class 5 playoffs definitely reenergized the student body and the program. The Spartans were eliminated from the playoffs by Kirkwood 52-39 in the quarterfinals at Hyland Arena on the Lindenwood University campus, but the 22-7 season was one that brought Spartans back among the elite in St. Charles County basketball circles. “I’m very proud of what we were able to accomplish with this season,” Howell Central coach Hayley Leake said. “Going towards the end of the season we ...

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Ramey, Gordon propel Webster Groves over Fort Zumwalt South for return trip to state

  The Fort Zumwalt South Bulldogs had plenty of youth, energy, and desire when they faced defending champion Webster Groves on Saturday. Unfortunately, that was not nearly enough as the Statesmen, led by super recruits Courtney Ramey and Carte’Are Gordon. The super tandem played above the rim all night, driving Webster Groves to a 78-45 Class 5 quarterfinal win over the Bulldogs at Hyland Performance Arena on the campus of Lindenwood University. Defending champ Webster Groves (20-9) will face Liberty from Kansas City in a Class 5 semifinal on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in Springfield. “I picked him up today ...

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Francis Howell girls swimmers place 4th at state, 200 free relay sets new state record

Last Saturday (Feb. 17) will go down as a record-setting day for the Francis Howell girls swim team that officially turned the Vikings into a force in the pool. Competing with just four swimmers, the Vikings dove, stroked, and raced their way to a fourth place finish in the team portion of the Class 2 state meet at Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Howell, scoring 178.5 points finished behind Rock Bridge, Lafayette, and Hickman in the final meet standings. “It was awesome to do it with this group with two of them graduating, it was the one and only chance that ...

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Francis Howell wrestling prevails to claim elusive district championship

After the disappointment of five second-place finishes in district tournaments in nine years, Francis Howell coach Kevin Stroh and the Vikings wrestling team finally got to enjoy the euphoria of a district championship on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Vikings came from behind to defeat Holt and win the Class 4, District 2 championship at Francis Howell. It was the Vikings first title under Stroh in his nine seasons as head coach. “It’s finally good to get over that hump a little bit,” Stroh said. “It’s a good district and usually there’s a team or two that gets a state trophy ...

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