Francis Howell Softball Standout Leads Vikings & Honor’s Brother’s Memory

Most if not all schools in the St. Louis region on both sides of the river are heavily involved with promoting awareness about cancer, special needs, homelessness, and other causes that touch lives in the community. But consider the case of the annual Purple Out Softball game hosted by Francis Howell vs Howell Central at Lindenwood University this week. For the Missouri State Bound infielder-outfielder, Purple is Personal, as she wrote in an STL Preps blog:

“This is an annual game to honor my twin brother Trevor who passed away from Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014. The Hodgkins Lymphoma cancer ribbon is purple, so that is why we have a purple out game. My brother Trevor was always cheering on us Lady Vikings, so in remembrance of him, we put on this amazing event to raise awareness and money to fund a memorial scholarship. Money is also donated to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in Trevor’s name. The purple out game is very important to our team because of the awareness it brings to our high school and to the surrounding community about Trevor’s fight and other kid’s fights with cancer. The purple out game truly shows how many people’s lives my brother has impacted. It also shows how supportive our Howell community is.

We have played them (Howell Central) twice this year. It is difficult to beat a team twice, but our team has been working hard and it has been paying off. We had a slow start at the beginning of the season, but once our team got our momentum going, we are truly showing up ready to play some ball. On our game days we focus on the present and leave the past in the past. On our practice days we are constantly working hard to be the best that we can be. Our team has such good chemistry because some of us girls have been playing ball with one another for years. I think that in order for a team to reach its best ability, they must have good chemistry. Our goal as a team this year is to first become district champs, and then make a reappearance to the final four like we did my freshman year in 2012. We are taking our goal day by day and making the Howell Softball program one to remember.”

 

The Vikings won 9-0.

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