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.

Keeping the beat

t’s no secret that the world of professional boxing has its share of characters. In fact, one of my chief inspirations for breaking into the world of sports writing came from reading stories by great boxing scribes of yesteryear, writers like A.J. Liebling, whose narratives wove a veritable tapestry of colorful individuals tied together by […]

Cruz wins UBF title

By MIKE SMITH Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz got a taste of gold on Nov. 21 when he nabbed his first professional title with a second round TKO over Engelberto Valenzuela at Resorts World Casino in Queens. After 13 straight wins to begin his pro career, Cruz is hoping that his latest victory will vault him […]

Huskies cheer at counties

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 18, the Harrison cheerleading squad kicked off the cheer season by competing in the 66th annual Westchester County Center Cheerleading Competition at the County Center. Although the team didn’t come away with a trophy last week, head coach Rosa Acocella said that the prospects are bright for the Huskies this […]

Sports aids healing process

By MIKE SMITH The Harrison athletic community banded together last week to support two families devastated by recent tragedy. With a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Nov. 13 and charity soccer game the following day, Harrison High School students helped to reaffirm the healing power of sports and its ability to bring people together in times […]

Tigers win state title

By MIKE SMITH One year ago, a highly touted Mamaroneck team squared off against Sachem East in the state quarterfinals, falling to the Flaming Arrows in a 3-2 heartbreaker. On Nov. 16, the Tigers got their revenge, routing Sachem 5-0 to win the Class A State Championship. Since the playoffs started in early November, Mamaroneck […]

Broncos capture state title

By MIKE SMITH Four years ago, the Bronxville girls soccer team captured its first ever state title. On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Broncos again found themselves at the summit of Class B with a 3-0 win over Port Jefferson in the state finals.  After holding on against Westhill in a hotly contested 1-0 semifinal matchup, […]

Tigers fall to Chester

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Tuckahoe Tigers ran into their biggest test to date, in the form of a big, physical Section IX team from Chester. Despite the toughness that has been the Tigers’ calling card all year, however, it would be the Hambletonians that would advance to the state semifinals with […]

Rye falls to Cornwall

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Nov. 15, Rye’s record-setting season came to a close in the state quarterfinals, when the Garnets fell to a highly-touted Cornwall team 21-17 at Mahopac High School. Although the loss closed the book on Rye’s 2014 campaign, head coach Dino Garr is confident that the Garnet program will continue to […]

Huguenots cheer at counties

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 17 and 18, the New Rochelle cheerleading squad got their season off to a good start, winning the Small Team Division I trophy and earning a right to compete in the Grand Championships at the 66th Annual Westchester County Center Cheerleading Invitational. Although the Huguenots did not walk away as […]

Column: A section sweep

For the first time in about as long as I can remember, I won’t be making my way up to the Carrier Dome this year. It has become something of an autumn tradition for me over the years; hitting the road early the day after Thanksgiving, making the four-hour drive up NY-17 to Syracuse and […]