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Auburn hockey vs Sweet Home

Auburn celebrates its fourth goal, scored by Brendan Williams, in the final minutes against Sweet Home during the NYSPHSAA Division II semifinals Saturday in Buffalo. Auburn lost 6-4. 

Nicholas LoVerde, Special to The Citizen

HIT: To the Auburn High School boys' hockey team, for its sensational season that culminated with an appearance in the state semifinals.

The Maroons lost in Buffalo Saturday in a hard-fought game against Sweet Home, and although we're sure the players were disappointed that they didn't advance further, they should feel nothing but pride in their accomplishments this year.

After a strong regular season, Auburn took the Section III title and then advanced to the final four with a regional win earlier in the month.

In addition to saluting the team, we also applaud the loyal and passionate fans who cheered the Maroons on to so many victories. It was a memorable season for everyone.

MISS: To a tense day on Orchard Street involving a police standoff with a man on a roof.

Authorities attempted to talk a man down from a house's roof after the man was trying to avoid police in connection with an attempted robbery earlier in the day. After indicating he was finally going to cooperate after several hours, the man attempted to sneak down and flee in the darkness but police caught up with him and placed him under arrest.

It was a disturbing and strange scene throughout the day, but thankfully no one was hurt.

HIT: To the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, which barely secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

The Orange received the final at-large selection to the 68-team competition, which kicks off this week. The last time Syracuse found itself barely making the tournament was 2016, and that turned out just fine as that squad shocked the world by getting to the semifinals. Let's hope for a repeat of that remarkable story.

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