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 top Panthers in finale

By MIKE SMITH On Sept 21, the Bronxville soccer team headlined the annual Broncofest tournament with a win, edging a tough Rye Neck squad 1-0 in the finals. For the Broncos, who remain unbeaten this year, the game was indicative of the team’s ability to grind out tough wins, something it has been doing all […]

Huskies start league play

By MIKE SMITH After a banner year in 2012, Harrison’s field hockey program is undergoing something of a facelift this year with an influx of talented young players getting their first taste of varsity action. Although these girls might be learning on the fly, they’ve shown a definite ability to hang tough with a difficult […]

Column: The merits of motivation

Motivation is a tricky thing. If you’ve ever listened to sports talk radio or read sports columnists, you’ve doubtless heard talk of teams “being up” for a certain game, or how bulletin board material can inspire teams to reach lofty heights on game day. In my 28 years on this earth, however, I wonder just […]

Tigers fall to North Rockland

By MIKE SMITH After kicking off the 2013 campaign with a week-one win, the Mamaroneck Tigers stumbled on Sept. 12 as they fell at home to a tough North Rockland team 14-0. Despite the defeat, however, head coach Anthony Vitti saw plenty of positives to build on as the team moves forward this fall. A […]

Panthers look to stay hot

By MIKE SMITH After opening the season with a win over Holy Child, Rye Neck’s field hockey team fell to Rye High School on Sept. 11 in a tough 6-0 loss. Despite their defeat at the hands of the Garnets, the Panthers should be a player in Class C this year if everything breaks right. […]

Eagles soar past Dobbs Ferry

By MIKE SMITH On Sept. 15, the Eastchester Eagles held off a late charge from Dobbs Ferry to beat Dobbs 5-3 and win their second game of the season. For the veteran Eastchester squad, the match showcased some of the reasons–especially offensively–that Eastchester could be a contender in the section this year. Eastchester brings back […]

New Ro edges rival Mahopac

By MIKE SMITH On the strength of a huge second half effort, New Rochelle earned its first win of the 2013 season on Sept. 15, beating a game Mahopac squad 21-14 at McKenna Field. For a young Huguenot team highly aware of some preseason criticism leveled at it early in the summer, the win over […]

Harrison swimmers make waves

By MIKE SMITH On Sept. 12, in their first meet of the year, the Harrison Huskies fell by seven points to a vaunted squad from John Jay. If a seven-point loss to a Section I power seems like a good start for the Huskies, it sounds even better when you realize they were outnumbered 41-to-15 […]

Column: Sunday, Sunday not-so-fun day

Between attending a wedding and performing various work-related activities, I didn’t get a whole lot of time this past Sunday to do what I usually do on Sundays in the fall, park myself in front of the television to a big ol’ helping of NFL football. A few weeks back, in my column, I wrote […]

Under new banner, Garnets roll

In Rye’s season opener on Sept. 7, the Garnets were led out onto the field–as usual–by Luke Walsh. But Walsh, who has long been the Garnet’s flag-bearer–both literally and figuratively–wasn’t carrying any old Rye banner onto the field, but instead proudly hoisted a brand-new oversized flag, a new symbol for Rye student-athletes to rally around […]