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.

Column: Dear Mr. Fantasy

I’d like to think that my friends are–for the most part–a normal group of guys. And from an outside glance, they certainly seem to be. My buddies, whom I’ve known since kindergarten, are, to a man, gainfully employed, mature adults with a diverse array of interests from cooking and cigars to art and music. But, […]

Harrison has new AD in Hanson

By MIKE SMITH With the school year set to kick off, there will be hundreds of new faces gracing the hallways of Harrison High School’s campus. One might be a bit more visible than others at various sporting events, though, as Harrison has hired Stewart Hanson to serve as the interim director of health, physical […]

Mustangs eye another trip to nationals

By MIKE SMITH After reaching the NCAA national tournament last year, expectations are high in New Rochelle for the Monroe Women’s Volleyball team this season. For Monroe’s returning core‑as well as the head coach‑last year’s success is both the benchmark for the program’s aims this year, as well as a frustrating reminder of the improvement […]

Curtis, Lindsay take fifth at Worlds

  By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 15, half a world away, two local rowers, Lilian Lindsay and Melissa Curtis represented the United States in the World Rowing Junior Championships. Though the duo’s boat didn’t come away with a medal, the experience was certainly a high point on the year. Racing as part of the Junior […]

Men behaving badly

On Sunday, my men’s league baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs for something like the 12th straight year in horrible, heartbreaking fashion. While I would obviously like to use this space to pore over everything that broke the wrong way for us‑again‑this isn’t about us losing, it’s about how we deal with losing. Let […]

Westchester Academy Baseball completes largest year to date

By MIKE SMITH Westchester Academy Baseball grew by leaps and bounds this year, experiencing its biggest expansion since its inception. According to WAB head Edwin Diaz, the organization thrived thanks to support from local communities. The Academy, which fielded two teams in 2012, put seven teams on the field this summer, ranging from a 13U […]

Column: In “defense” of A-Rod

I’ll admit that I never expected—not in a million years—to write the following sentence. I feel bad for Alex Rodriguez. Now, I’ll admit that, as a Red Sox fan, I have spent the last decade or so absolutely loathing the “suspended” Yankees slugger. The Arroyo ball-slap in the 2004 ALCS and his seeming inability to […]

Rising Stars shine at New Rochelle camp

By MIKE SMITH In 1998, then head coach of the New Rochelle baseball team, Darren Gurney, began a summer camp aimed at fostering a love for the sport of baseball in the area’s youth. Fifteen years later, his Rising Star camp is still going strong, and laying the foundation of fundamentals–and community–for New Rochelle’s aspiring […]

Rye Racquet sweeps MITLs

The Rye Racquet Club women’s doubles teams just wrapped up another stellar summer season, sweeping titles in all three Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League divisions, taking home top honors in the A, B and C levels of play. Since the club’s inception, this is the fifth time that the Rye Racquet Club has taken all three […]

Area teams hit gridiron at Champs Camp

By MIKE SMITH From July 29 to Aug. 2, area football teams went through what is likely one of the last big camps of the summer as some of the top squads traveled to New Rochelle High School to take part in the annual Champions Camp hosted by the Huguenots. Teams from Tuckahoe, Harrison, Eastchester […]