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The Citizen Masters

From left, 2018 The Citizen Masters women's runner up Becca Young, women's champion Alyssa Lawrence, men's champion Mike Suarez and men's runner up Kevin Lukins pose with their trophies at Falcon Lanes in Auburn.

HIT: To Mike Suarez and Alyssa Lawrence, the 2018 champions of The Citizen Masters bowling tournaments.

Both the men's and women's winners this year are first-time champs. In that sense, Suarez, 25, and Lawrence, 21, also represent the promising future of local bowling in the Cayuga County area.

Becoming a Masters champion is a testament to a bowler's skill, mental toughness and consistency. This year's title winners certainly displayed all of those qualities over the past month in which the tournament has taken place.

In first appearance at The Citizen Masters, Alyssa Lawrence wins title
Mike Suarez fends off Kevin Lukins to capture his first The Citizen Masters men's crown

In addition to offering congrats to the winners, we also give kudos to the tournament directors and volunteers and the area bowling venues that hosted the competition over the past four weekends.

MISS: To evidence that a large number of people appear to be cheating taxpayers out of money.

A welfare fraud sweep took place in Cayuga County last week, with 15 different area residents facing legal charges that they defrauded a system meant to help low-income people.

Arrest warrants executed for suspects in Cayuga County welfare fraud investigation

These cases came about as a result of a coordinated effort among police agencies, the Cayuga County District Attorney's Office and the Cayuga County Department of Social Services.

HIT: To a nice rebound for the Syracuse men's basketball team.

After dropping four of its first five Atlantic Coast Conference games, SU has now put together a three-game winning streak following Saturday's victory at Pittsburgh.

This team probably has to come up with a few more high-quality wins in order to secure a spot in the NCAA tourney, but regrouping over the past couple of weeks was essential to preserving that chance.

Sidibe scores 18 off the bench, Syracuse tops Pitt 60-55

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

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