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; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Broncos dropped in regionals

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 7, Bronxville’s field hockey season came to an end with a 6-0 loss to Section IV Whitney Point in the regional finals. But despite the disappointing end to the year, the Broncos’ young, talented roster appears to be poised for big things in the years to come. Whitney Point came […]

Garnets fall in finals

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Nov. 7, Rye’s bid to repeat as the Class A champions came to an end when the Garnets fell to Lourdes 14-7 in the section title game at Arlington High School. For Rye, the loss was the first blemish on an otherwise perfect season, and head coach Dino Garr remained […]

Rye Athlete of the Week: Lauren Dempsey

By LIAM BRENNAN Known for always going the extra mile, cross-country co-captain Lauren Dempsey is the latest Athlete of the Week. Dempsey has qualified for sectional championships in the past four years.  Coach Joseph Brown considers Dempsey to be the consummate team player and a positive role model to her teammates. “Her outstanding leadership skills […]

Winter sports schedules

  2015-16 Boys Basketball 12/09 4:15 p.m. @ ROOSEVELT 12/11 6:30 p.m. @ WHITE PLAINS TOURNAMENT 12/14 6:15 p.m. PORT CHESTER 12/17 7 p.m. BYRAM HILLS 12/21 4:30 p.m. @ PELHAM 12/23 4:30 p.m. @ WESTLAKE 12/28 3:30 p.m. @ WESTCHESTER COUNTY CENTER* 01/06 6:15 p.m. @ BYRAM HILLS 01/09 3:00 p.m. @ RYE 01/14 […]

Tigers gear up for regionals

    By MIKE SMITH With regionals on the horizon, Tuckahoe’s football team has spent the better part of the last two weeks gearing up for its biggest game of the season. With Section IX Roscoe-Downsville’s one-sided victory over Eldred on Nov. 6, the Tigers officially have an opponent for their Nov. 14 contest, although […]

Column: Tears of joy

One of my favorite postgame celebration moments ever came in 2013 after the Detroit Tigers clinched a playoff berth. The Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland, a notoriously prickly customer, was speaking with a few reporters outside of the clubhouse when the enormity of the situation seemed to sneak up on him. While discussing his team’s achievements […]

Tigers take Class D crown

By MIKE SMITH As one of only two Class D teams in Section I, Tuckahoe comes into each season with the section title game against Haldane circled on the calendar. Since 2012, the Tigers have been undefeated in the annual game and continued that streak on Oct. 31 when they downed the Blue Devils 24-12 […]

Tigers claim Class A crown

    By MIKE SMITH Not one to mince words, Mamaroneck field hockey coach John Savage can find plenty of them to describe his team. “Talented” is one, “exasperating” is another, but the most fitting in his mind is “resilient.” And after the team’s win over Horace Greeley on Nov. 3, he was able to […]

Panthers stung in finals

    By MIKE SMITH Sometimes, the ball just doesn’t bounce your way.  The Rye Neck soccer team found that out firsthand on Oct. 31 when an intriguing Class B championship game between the Panthers and Hastings turned into a one-sided 4-0 loss after the Yellow Jackets capitalized on their early momentum. But even though […]

Rye falls to Lakeland

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 3, two undefeated squads squared off for the Class B field hockey title when No. 1 seed Lakeland and No. 2 Rye met for the first time in 2015. When the dust settled, however, a strong first half performance from Hornets star Dana Bozek was enough to lift Lakeland past […]