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.

Garnets bow in finals

By MIKE SMITH After 2013’s six-win season, Rye’s baseball squad came out of the gates firing on all cylinders; winning 23 games and earning the school’s first-ever berth in a state final game. Although that game ended with a loss to Bayport-Blue Point, the significance of the Garnets’ historic season wasn’t lost on the Rye […]

Panthers fall at states

By MIKE SMITH On June 15, Rye Neck played Schalmont in the Class B state championship game at Binghamton University. Although Schalmont was finally able to put an end to the Panthers’ terrific run this season, what the Rye Neck squad accomplished this year was nothing short of historic. Earlier in the day, the Panthers […]

Maroon wins title

In March, Harrison Maroon, the Boys Midget Recreation champs for the second-straight year, outlasted rival Harrison White 34-27 in the title game of the 2014 Westchester County Parks & Recreation’s Boys & Girls Basketball Tournament at the White Plains County Center. In the very same situation as they were a year ago, Harrison Maroon made […]

Column: Cup runneth over

I may not be the biggest soccer fan in the world, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited whenever the World Cup rolls around. It’s not that I don’t like soccer, because I do, but, like many Americans, I grew up watching the four major sports here and that left little room in my […]

Rye wins at regionals

By MIKE SMITH With a pair of victories this past weekend, the Rye baseball team finds itself just two wins away from a miraculous turnaround, from a six-win team in 2013, to Class A state champions this spring. On June 6 and 7, the Garnets beat Section IX champs Wallkill and Maine-Endwell from Long Island, […]

Panthers head to semis

By MIKE SMITH If Rye Neck fans thought they were watching a team of destiny this year, the Panthers’ play over the last weekend reinforced the idea something special is happening this year. With two wins—over Section IV’s Spackenkill and Long Island champ Mattituck—the Panthers have punched their ticket to the state semis in Binghamton […]

Broncos win states

By MIKE SMITH The Bronxville Broncos have won Section I in each of the past four years, but Sunday marked the first time in program history the Broncos were able to climb to the top of the Class C summit and claim a state title. It wasn’t easy, though, as Bronxville trailed defending champ Cazenovia […]

Column: A good game, spoiled

Sometimes, I really hate my job. I’m not talking about your garden variety, Monday-morning, hit-your-deadlines-type hate here. Everybody feels that from time to time, no matter how engaging they find their place of work. My main gripe with working here is that, as amazing and affirming as sports can be, sometimes you meet people who […]

Panthers nab Class B crown

By MIKE SMITH With just one out to go in the Class B Championship game on May 31, Rye Neck catcher Tom Pipolo called time and trotted out to the mound to speak with Panther hurler Ryan Aquino. But this late-game mound meeting wasn’t about how to pitch to the final North Salem hitter of […]

Garnets take Class A

By MIKE SMITH On May 31, the Rye Garnets won their first section title in 30 years with a thrilling 6-5 win over Lakeland at Provident Bank Park. For the Garnets, who won just six games in 2013, the victory was not only a measure of how talented the ball club is, but also how […]