Author Archives: Mike Smith

About Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been with Hometown Media Group since 2007, serving as the company’s Sports Editor. Mike has been commended for his work by the New York Press Association, winning awards in 2008 for “Best Sports Feature” and again in 2009 as part of a team that put together “The Game,” a breakdown of the Harrison-Rye football rivalry, which won for “Best Special Section.” His weekly column, “Live Mike,” offers his unique insights into a broad range of topics in the sports world. He resides in Eastchester, N.Y. and spends most of his free time serving as the player-manager for a competitive men’s baseball team in New York City. Reach Mike at 914-653-1000 x22 or sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Garnets fall in Clinton finale

After beating Putnam Valley in the opening game of the annual Cliff Clinton Classic on Dec. 12, a young Rye team was sunk by Pleasantville in the finals the following night, falling 67-55 to a hot-shooting Panther squad. Despite the loss, however, head coach John Aguilar said he has been pleased with his team’s performance […]

Bronxville wins tourney

By MIKE SMITH  The Bronxville girls basketball team opened the season on a high note last week, winning its first three games—and the annual Bill Green Holiday Tournament—as they look to establish the squad as one of the top in Class C this year.  On Dec. 13, the Broncos beat previously undefeated Rye Neck 46-35 […]

The pain of loss

As a journalist, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, the press cycle just isn’t going to work in my favor. Last week, I used my column to speak to the giddy sense of anticipation I get each winter when the MLB Hot-Stove season rolls around. By the time our papers came out, however, baseball had […]

Huskies split to start

By MIKE SMITH Just two games into the new season, the Harrison basketball team is proving its success in recent years hasn’t been a fluke. With a tightly contested loss against Class A power Tappan Zee and a resounding bounce-back win over Tuckahoe, the Huskies seem poised to make another run at a County Center […]

New Rochelle roundup

    Boys Basketball 10/9 Clarkstown South d. New Rochelle 79-52 Taking a trip up north, the young Huguenots fell to a strong Clarkstown team as the Rams pulled away with a 27-point win last week. Jonathan Garcia led the Huguenots with 12 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Clarkstown’s well-balanced offense that was […]

Tigers host annual tourney

By MIKE SMITH Mamaroneck may have been a bit shorthanded on Dec. 13, but it didn’t prevent the Tigers from giving a good account of themselves at their annual wrestling tournament.  With just 11 wrestlers competing on the day, the Tigers placed fourth in a field of 13 schools that included top programs from Long […]

Column: Hope in a bleak winter

Is it spring yet? Just thought I’d ask. It hasn’t been a great couple of months for area sports fans. In fact, it’s been downright terrible. Unless you happen to be a New York Islanders fan, you probably haven’t gotten a whole lot of enjoyment from New York City’s professional sports teams as of late. […]

Garnets fall to Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 6, the undefeated Mamaroneck Tigers needed a last-minute goal to skate past rival Rye at the Hommocks Ice Arena. With the 2-1 win, the Tigers improved to 4-0 on the season while the Garnets are still searching for their first win.  Despite a slow start, however, Rye coach Peter Thomas […]

Eastchester Roundup

Wrestling 12/5 Pleasantville d. Eastchester, Harrison and Hastings At a quad-meet at Harrison High School, Pleasantville ran the table against their opposition, defeating Eastchester, Hastings and the host Huskies in three matches on Friday afternoon. The Panthers outpointed the Eagles 64-9 in their matchup, with Eastchester’s two wins on the mat coming on a quick […]

Huskies hit the mat

By MIKE SMITH Battling through injuries and two losses to open the season, Harrison wrestlers bounced back to win two out of three matches on Dec. 5 when they hosted Pleasantville, Eastchester and Hastings. As the Huskies look to get some of their veteran wrestlers back on the mat, however, it appears that some younger […]