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Skaneateles quarterback Patrick Hackler looks back at Cleveland Hill's Chris Diem on his way to the winning touchdown during the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinal Saturday at Union-Endicott High School.

HIT: To the return of the Theatre Association of New York State's annual festival to Auburn.

Cayuga Community College hosted the weekend celebration of community performing art, featuring 10 shows over three years and culminating with an awards program. Theater enthusiasts from around the state came to the city for the event, which marked its 58th year.

Special kudos go out to Auburn's Theodore Brill, who won two best actor awards for his performance as Brad in CCC's Harlequin Productions show "Museum Lovers."

MISS: To some nasty winter weather hitting the region well before fall officially ends.

Lake effect snow, strong winds and lakeshore flooding combined Sunday into Monday to produce some unpleasant conditions for many people's commute. We've obviously experienced much worse over the years in central New York, but that experience never seems to reduce the sting of that first blast of the season.

HIT: To the Skaneateles Lakers football squad, which continued its incredible season with unforgettable victory Saturday in the state semifinals.

The Lakers traveled to Endicott and defeated Cleveland Hill 63-56 to advance to the state championship game, which takes place on Friday night. The semifinal game was the highest-scoring state playoff contest of all time, and the Lakers' 63 points was the fourth-highest total in tournament history.

Skaneateles has one more game to go, and this time they'll only have to travel a few miles to get there. We're sure the Carrier Dome in Syracuse will have plenty of blue-and-gold-clad fans in the seats hoping to see the Lakers make history.

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

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