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Our Top 10 Most Read High School Sports Stories From 2013, State Title Victory By Southington Is No. 1

  By Brad Carroll  
Here is our list of the Top 10 most read stories from our high school sports coverage from 2013. It's highlighted by the success of the Southington football team, which owns five of the 10 spots on our list. Football rules the list overall, but we have hockey and softball moments that made it as well. Enjoy the list, check out the links and have a Merry Christmas from all of us at GameDay.

1. Class LL State Championship, Southington vs. Fairfield Prep
Our GameDay Live coverage of the state football championship game beat all others by a huge margin. Click the link to relive the Blue Knights title game victory, with the most play-by-play write-ups we've ever done before in our football coverage. It was Southington's second ever state crown in the sport.

2. Battle for the Bell, Bristol Eastern vs. Bristol Central
In any other year, the amount of views the annual Thanksgiving Day game generated this year would have been good enough for No. 1 on this list. But with Southington playing in a state title game, the Battle for the Bell was a distant second. But there's nothing wrong with second best on this list, especially considering this huge rivalry game had a big lead on No. 3.

3. Class LL State Quarterfinals, Southington vs. Norwich Free
There was a clear No. 1 and then a clear No. 2, but from there the next eight spots on this list all came within 300 views of each other. The leader of the next wave was the state football quarterfinals victory by Southington. It was a big win for the Knights, who lost the year prior in their first playoff game.

4. Newington-Berlin hockey's BJ Richards Gets On ESPN
The Indians won the state hockey championship this past year, but this post featured video of BJ Richards scoring a goal that made it onto ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 list. Richards skated through three defenders on his way to the goal. Watch it by clicking on the link.

5. Apple Valley Classic, Southington vs. Cheshire
This was the year of Southington football in a lot of ways, from winning the state championship in football to owning three of the top five stories on this list. The Blue Knights beat rival Cheshire here to clinch a spot in the state playoffs.

6. Class LL Semifinals, Southington vs. Ridgefield
Did we just say something about Southington football owning the GameDay Live scene this year? Well, yes, the Blue Knights did and now own four of the top six spots. They might just have one more to go, plus another Southington team could work their way in as well. Southington clinched a title game berth here.

7. Wishbone Bowl, New Britain vs. Berlin
The Hurricanes knocked off the Redcoats in the rivalry matchup on Thanksgiving Eve. It was a different battle this year as both were already eliminated from postseason contention. Berlin had been a mainstay in the tournament before this year. But it didn't lessen the importance nor anticipation of this game.

8. Bristol Eastern at Farmington, football
This was one of most anticipated regular season games of our entire high school football season and the game didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, the Lancers let the game slip away and it ultimately ended up costing them a chance to play in the state playoffs. Eastern missed the postseason by just .91 points.

9. Class LL Softball Championship, Southington vs. Mercy
Southington football wasn't the only team to win a championship this year, as the Blue Knights softball team also won a state crown last spring. Southington topped Mercy 1-0 for the title. Interesting enough, the softball team's game was also postponed from its original time and date and ended up at West Haven, the same site as the football team's title victory.

10. No. 4 Southington vs. New Britain, football
The Blue Knights improved to 4-0 and the Hurricanes dropped to 2-2 after this mid-October regular season rivalry game. Check out our coverage of that game, and the rest of our top 10 list, by clicking on the accompanying link. See you next year for more of our exclusive high school sports coverage.

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