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Camping World Bowl Football

Syracuse running back Abdul Adams celebrates after scoring a touchdown on a 1-yard run against West Virginia during the Camping World Bowl Friday in Orlando, Fla. 

HIT: To the Syracuse University football team, which capped its most successful season in nearly two decades with a bowl victory last week.

The Orange, ranked No. 17 entering last Friday's Camping World Bowl in Orlando, defeated No. 15 West Virginia 34-18 in another thoroughly impressive performance.

Syracuse finished the season with a 10-3 record, its first double-digit victory total since 2001. There's been a lot of rough seasons in between that year and this, but the program is clearly on strong footing under the leadership of head coach Dino Babers. More great news for Orange fans came earlier last month when it was announced that the university recently extended Babers' contract.

And no salute to this year's team would be complete without a nod to Eric Dungey, one of the school's all-time great quarterbacks who played with heart and hustle every snap.

MISS: To the lack of a big New Year's Eve community celebration in the Auburn area.

Auburn has tried first night events over the years with limited success, but given the resurgence we've seen of downtown Auburn's food and drink scene, not to mention the number of successful festivals the area has hosted in recent years, perhaps it's time to start thinking about renewing the tradition of a community celebration.

HIT: To the Weedsport boys and girls basketball teams, which continued their dominance in the Cayuga County Holiday Tournament by capturing crowns in last week's competition.

For the boys, a victory over Southern Cayuga Thursday night marked the third straight holiday tourney title. The girls, also winners in the championship game against Southern Cayuga, have taken five in a row.

We also want to give kudos to all the coaches, athletic directors, Cayuga Community College staff and everyone else who come together to make this yearly event happen. It's a terrific platform for student-athletes to compete over the holiday break.

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

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