HIT: To the Auburn High School boys hockey team, which is going to the state semifinals for the second time in program history.

Fresh off their Section III, Division II title win earlier in the week, the Maroons traveled north on Saturday for a state regional playoff game against Ogdensburg Free Academy. Despite being on another team's ice, Auburn was on top of its game and put together an impressive 5-2 victory.


Now the team has its focus on this coming weekend and a trip to the Harborcenter in Buffalo for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Final Four. On Saturday, Auburn takes on Sweet Home out of Amherst, with a victory sending the team to the state championship Sunday at the same venue.

Good luck to the Maroons. If you can make the drive on Saturday, head over the Thruway and give the team your support.

MISS: To yet another brutal winter storm in March.

No matter what the overall pattern seems to be, a big snowfall in the third month of the year is somewhat of a central New York tradition, and that continued late Thursday through Friday and into the early morning hours Saturday.

The National Weather Service reports about 14 inches fell over the course of the storm in Auburn. And it was a wet, heavy 14 inches.

As tough as it was around here, some areas to the east saw more than twice as much snow, so the old saying that it "could have been worse" is certainly true this time.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.