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.

Defunct Elk’s Lodge auctioned off

By Alina Suriel For the first time in more than 10 years, the long abandoned Elk’s Lodge clubhouse of Washingtonville finally has an owner. The two-story building, located at 46 Madison St., was sold in an auction on Jan. 9 after a buildup of back taxes led to its foreclosure, following years of blight and […]

Huskies win Tiger Tourney

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 17, the Harrison Huskies won the 18th annual Tiger Tourney at Mamaroneck High School with a 44-38 win over the hosts in the championship game. Though their performance in the finals might not have been their best of the year, it did showcase the Huskies’ greatest strengths including hustle and […]

Column: Drowning out the noise

Every sports fan base, like every community, has a certain stereotype attached to it. Conventional wisdom says Raiders fans are rowdy, Mets fans are filled with a certain amount of self-loathing and those who root for the Yankees and Patriots, more often than not, are smug and self-satisfied in their teams’ success on the field. […]

Eastchester Round up

Boys Basketball 1/12 Eastchester d. Pelham 59-55 Eastchester continued its solid play last week, downing league foe Pelham by four points at home. Benny DiMirco led all scorers with 16 points. 1/15 Eastchester d. Port Chester 66-46 The Eagles benefited from a full team effort on Thursday, as they downed Port Chester by 20 points […]

Knicks fall to Bighorns

In a highly anticipated matchup between two teams meeting for the first and only time this season, the Westchester Knicks, 8-15, fell to the Reno Bighorns, 9-12, by a score of 129-119 in both team’s first showing at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase on Jan. 16. The Knicks came out of the gate hot, hitting […]

Ice hockey comes to Tuckahoe

By CHRIS EBERHART The distinct sound of a hockey stick slapping a puck and the puck rattling against the boards echoed while six, seven and eight year olds played the first ever game in Tuckahoe’s new ice rink on Marbledale Road.  After more than a year in planning and construction, Home Ice Advantage’s ice rink […]

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]

Iona shines at showcase

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 10, the Saunders Blue Devils hosted the fourth annual Hoops for a Cure event at the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Roc City, inviting seven local squads to participate in the fundraising showcase. A number of local teams, including New Rochelle and Eastchester were in action, helping to raise money […]

Panthers sting Hastings

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 13, the Rye Neck Panthers bested Hastings 46-20 at home to win their fifth game of the year. Against the Yellow Jackets, the Panthers utilized a balanced attack—and stifling defense—to show just how dangerous this team can be when firing on all cylinders.  Kayla Pugliese led Rye Neck with 15 […]

Column: The fix is in?

When I stop and take measure, it’s pretty apparent that I’ve got a lot of crazy friends on Facebook. I’m not talking about your garden-variety social media neurotics either. Excessive baby photos, manic swings and compulsive relationship status updates; those are all par for the course. But somehow, it seems like, for whatever reason, about […]