The Vikings and Lady Vikings together ruled Class 5 District 4 basketball.
Both Francis Howell’s boys (25-3) and girls (20-8) hoisted the championship hardware Friday in their own gym after sweeping the finals of the two tournaments.
The boys defeated Eureka (18-9), 69-62, while the girls topped Lafayette’s Lady Lancers (17-8), 52-41.
It was the boys first district championship since 2010 and the girls first since 2016.
The top-seeded Francis Howell boys eliminated Lafayette (13-14) in the semifinals, 61-53, to advance to Friday’s championship game against Eureka.
Lafayette was responsible for ending Washington’s season in the previous round.
Eureka defeated Marquette (18-9), 67-49 in the other semifinal.
Friday, Francis Howell controlled the early going, building an 18-11 lead after one quarter and taking a 37-28 advantage into halftime.
Eureka came back to knot the score at 49-49 at the end of the third quarter before Francis Howell put it away in the final period.
The Vikings were led by a pair of players to eclipse 20 points in the contest.
Daylan Dalton led all scorers with 25 points.
Matt Schark scored 23 points.
Other Francis Howell scorers included Matthew Simmons (11 points), Patrick Schulte (seven), Mark Simmons (two) and Sam Thompson (one).
Eureka was led by the trio of Hassan Haskins, Avery Taggart and Zach Summers.
Haskins posted 19 points, Taggart 18 and Summers 16.
Eureka also got four points from Jhalon Asher-Sanders, three from Gunnar Herbert and two from Cortez Smith.
The Vikings advance to play the District 3 champions, Chaminade (24-2), in Wednesday’s sectional round at Lindenwood University at 7:45 p.m.
Francis Howell reached the championship with a 58-46 semifinal win against Marquette (11-16).
Marquette previously eliminated Washington’s Lady Jays in the first round.
Lafayette reached the finals by upsetting No. 2 Eureka (15-11) in the other semifinal, 56-51.
Similar to the boys game, the Lady Vikings built an early lead against Lafayette in the championship round.
Francis Howell led 15-8 at the end of the first quarter and 30-15 at the half.
Lafayette was able to make a small dent in the lead in the third quarter, cutting it to 40-28 Francis Howell advantage at the end of the third period.
Tionne Taylor led all scorers with 23 points for the Lady Vikings.
Taylor Russell added 12 points for Francis Howell.
The rest of the team’s scorers included Lexi Pellegrini with eight points, Micah Huwe with four, Amanda Mathewson with three and Jane Thompson with two points.
Tara Robbe and Maddie Devereux topped the Lafayette scoresheet.
Robbe netted 13 points and Devereux scored 12.
Sidney Wolf added nine points for Lafayette.
Other Lady Lancers scorers were Kayla Carpenter (three points), Lydia Harris (two) and Jordan Terry (two).
Francis Howell takes on the District 3 champion, St. Joseph’s Academy (21-6), in the sectional round Wednesday. Tip off will be at 6 p.m. at Lindenwood University.