Most-clicked local sports stories on in 2014

Here is the list of News8000’s top 10 most clicked on local sports of the year. These are the stories with the most views from Jan. 1 through Dec. 15.

1. Must-see: G-E-T 8th grader hits full-court shot at buzzer
Chris Thompson’s heave ended the third quarter at a game in January.

2. Winona State football player dies in practice
Winona State football player Shawn Afryl died in a voluntary conditioning session on Monday, July 21 Shawn will most definitely not be forgotten because his family has created a foundation in his name. The Shawn Patrick Afryl Shoe Fund gives shoes to kids who can’t afford them.

3. A practice to remember after an offseason to forget
UW-La Crosse softball player Mary Kate Pryor underwent emergency surgery. She had two brain aneurysms. Three months after her surgeries, she was healthy enough to take part in the Eagles’ first practice of the season.

4. Winona 8th grader hits full-court shot to win in overtime
Easton Gamoke, with the Winona YMCA Rebels, hit a full-court shot at the buzzer to win the game during a basketball tournament in January.

5. Three tragedies bring Viterbo baseball team together
Three tragedies, three guys feeling down, three guys lifted by their team.

6. Matt Antoine finishes Olympic competition
Prairie du Chien native Matt Antoine won a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.

7. West Salem wins fueled by losses
The Panthers’ wins come after losses for teammates Billy Tremain and Sam Miller. Their shared experience has brought them close.

8. San Jose Sharks called up La Crescent native Eriah Hayes
Eriah Hayes, who was playing at the Sharks’ AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., found out on January 3.

9. A.J. Hawk: ‘I was trying to not die up there’
Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was in La Crosse on Wednesday, May 28 to fly with the Blue Angels.

10. Aquinas boys, girls basketball coaches stepping down
Aquinas’ Rick Schneider and Matt Watson announced in March they are stepping down as boys and girls basketball coaches, respectively.