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.

Panthers gear up for 2015

By MIKE SMITH After falling one game short of a section crown in 2014, the Rye Neck Panthers are gearing up this spring with one thought on their mind: winning the Class B title. With a huge crop of returning players this year, Rye Neck’s goals, while lofty, are certainly attainable.  The Panthers return all […]

New Ro set for 2015

By MIKE SMITH Over the last few seasons, New Rochelle’s baseball program has been firmly entrenched as one of the tops in Section I, a feat they will look to continue this year.  With 11 seniors and a talented group of youngsters on the team, big things could be in store for the Huguenots this […]

Healthy Harrison eyes 2015

By MIKE SMITH After being hit by injuries last spring, the Harrison softball team is heading into this season looking to stay healthy and make a deep playoff push. With a handful of returning stars on the roster, head coach Dean Marino feels that, if everything breaks the right way, it could be a tremendous […]

Column: Spring fever

As scores of local high school athletes have been getting their first taste of the spring season over the last few weeks, your intrepid sports editor here at the Review has also been getting ready for the upcoming season. The stakes might be a lot higher for those preparing for their varsity sports seasons, but […]

Tigers eye quick start

By MIKE SMITH After starting the 2014 season with six straight losses, the Mamaroneck Tigers pulled off an improbable run, winning 10 of their last 12 games to finish the season on a high note. This season, with all but one player returning, the Tigers are hoping to build on last year’s finish and come […]

Huskies set for season

By MIKE SMITH After going 6-16 last season, the Harrison baseball team is looking to retool this spring and make waves in one of the most competitive leagues in Section I. Buoyed by a host of returning players, the Huskies are hoping to turn things around in 2015.  Harrison has 11 players coming back this […]

Knicks fall to Charge

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, took a tough loss on the road, falling 104-73 on March 17 to the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate. The teams traded a pair of twos to start the game, but it was all Charge basketball after that as Canton […]

Column: Bracket bustin’

You would figure that by now, I would’ve gotten the hang of this thing. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off this week, and with it comes what promises to be yet another futile and pathetic bracket prognostication from yours truly. I watch a lot of college basketball throughout the year, but it seems that […]

Snow presents spring problems

By MIKE SMITH With the spring sports season slated to start this week, area coaches are becoming concerned that the winter weather may have conspired to keep teams inside for much of the preseason this year. Westchester has received an abundance of snowfall this year, little of which has melted due to the below freezing […]

Column: Alma matters

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament doesn’t start until March 15, but on Saturday evening, I got my first dose of March Madness when I watched my alma mater defeat Albertus Magnus College to advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen. You’re not going to see any game highlights on ESPN, you’re not going […]