HIT: To the state-champion Skaneateles Lakers football team.

A victory in the title game over Holy Trinity on Friday at the Syracuse University Carrier Dome capped a dream season for Skaneateles, which until this season had never advanced beyond the state regional game.

This year's team put together its share of late-game comebacks and victories as underdogs, but on Friday night, the Lakers were largely in control. A huge contingent of fans making the short drive to the dome certainly helped.

“This community is so terrific,” Skaneateles Coach Joe Sindoni said. “We filled the entire section and they made noise and I think it’s great for the kids. It just makes everything better with that kind of support. I couldn’t be happier.”

MISS: To a disappointing finish to the season for the Syracuse University football team.


A 42-14 home loss to Boston College on Saturday dropped SU's final record to 4-8. Few would have predicted such a record after the Orange's thrilling victory over then No. 2 Clemson on Oct. 13. Fans expected that win to propel the team toward a winning year and bowl game, but the reality played out much differently as SU never won again after that night.

In the end, it was a strange year for the program. Hopefully, the team that beat Clemson and narrowly lost to Miami and LSU on the road is the one that shows up next year.

HIT: To another fun-filled holiday season parade in downtown Auburn.


A cool, damp evening didn't stop thousands from coming out for this city tradition in which the big man himself, Santa, makes an appearance and the official Auburn Christmas tree is turned on for the first time.

Events like the holiday parade are part of what makes a family-friendly community, and thanks to the efforts of so many in planning and running the parade, this ritual carries on in Auburn.

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