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.

Titan wins title

By MIKE SMITH On March 25, the University of New Hampshire club hockey team made a historic run to claim the first-ever national title in the program’s history. Leading the way was a local skater, as former Rye Town/Harrison star Sal Giacomo played a big part in the Wildcats’ success this season. Playing at Northeast […]

Column: Your moment of Zen

As my colleagues here at the newspaper can attest, Zen is a foreign concept in the life of a journalist. Daily deadlines, endless games of phone tag, on the fly revisions and the recurring stresses of press day are simply something we come to live with. If I’m going to stop and smell the roses, […]

Tigers ready for 2014

   By Mike smith After a 19-3 season in 2013, a veteran-laden Tuckahoe High School baseball team is eyeing their return to the diamond with big plans this spring. With six returning starters, a handful of younger players making big strides and a fortuitous transfer, the reigning league champion Tigers seem once again poised to […]

Young Huskies hit diamond

By MIKE SMITH After finishing 11-10 in 2013, the Harrison Huskies are coming into the spring short on veterans, but long on talent according to head coach Marco DiRuocco. As the young team prepares for the rigors of a challenging schedule, he said, it is starting to show the ability to contend at the varsity […]

Veteran Panthers eye 2014

By MIKE SMITH With an ace hurler, a host of returning starters and last season’s playoff loss to Ardsley still fresh in their memory, the Rye Neck softball team is looking to get off to a hot start in 2014 and potentially vie for a Class B crown this spring. Rye Neck comes into the […]

Allen second at nationals

By MIKE SMITH In 2012, New Rochelle’s Malcolm Allen accepted an at-large bid to the New York State high school wrestling tournament, bucked the odds and walked away from the competition as the top heavyweight in the state. Last month, wrestling for Iowa Central Community College at the NJCAA Division III national championships, Allen again […]

Column: Betting on goodbye

For the last six years, I’ve had a wonderful time serving as the sports editor for Hometown Media, but I’m afraid to say that come next month, loyal readers will have to get used to seeing a new byline in the back of our papers. Now, I’m not moving out of the area, taking my […]

Former Husky makes NCAAs

By MIKE SMITH During her time playing for the Harrison girls basketball team, Andi Moschetta never accrued much postseason experience. In fact, Moschetta, who graduated in 2011, played her entire high school career without advancing to the second round of the Class A sectionals. Things have changed. Now a junior at Springfield College, Moschetta finally […]

Tigers eye postseason return

By MIKE SMITH After a taste of some postseason success in 2013, the Mamaroneck softball team is coming into the 2014 campaign with its sights fixed firmly on sectionals. Despite losing a number of seniors from last year’s team, the Tigers should be poised to emerge as one of the top teams in their league […]

Eagles aim high in 2014

By MIKE SMITH After a stellar 2013 campaign that saw them win 20 games, the Eastchester Eagles are back on the field this spring, retooled with a veteran-laden team looking to reestablish itself as one of the premiere programs in Section I. When the squad opens up play on April 1, it should certainly be […]