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.

Rye holds 26th annual derby

On Sunday, April 27, scores of runners turned out for the 26th annual Rye Derby, one of the highlights of the local running season. Competitors of all ages hit the streets of Rye, competing in the 5-mile, 5k or 1k fun run-walk. Moroccan long distance runner Mourad Marofit, 31, won the overall 5-mile race, posting […]

Tigers edge Scarsdale

By MIKE SMITH Mamaroneck might not have gotten the bats going on April 29, but the team did come through when it counted. Taking on league foe Scarsdale, the Tigers were able to pull out an extra-inning, walk-off win to beat the Raiders 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. With runners on second and third and one […]

Eagles clip Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On April 28, two local rivals squared-off as Eastchester and Tuckahoe went head-to-head on the baseball diamond. When the dust had settled, it was the Eagles who came out on top with a 3-2 victory, but the Tigers pushed them to the limit. Mike DiSanto got the start for Eastchester and pitched […]

Basso tourney a hit

By MIKE SMITH Harrison might not have won a game in the Dave Basso Memorial Tournament this past weekend, but that didn’t stop head coach Marco DiRuocco from classifying the annual tourney as a runaway success. For the third straight year, the Harrison baseball program was able to raise money for the Dave Basso Memorial […]

Column: Coping with Easter hockey

April 20 may have been Easter Sunday, but I have to tell you, I wasn’t feeling very Christian. While most of my family was decked out in their finest duds and headed to mass, I also found myself in a state of constant prayer. Instead of packing in the pews with the rest of the […]

Huskies best Briarcliff

By MIKE SMITH Splitting a pair of games early in the week, the Harrison softball squad put its strengths—and occasional weaknesses—on display. As the team gears up for a grueling second half of the season, however; head coach Dean Marino is confident the team will begin to play to its ability and become a true […]

Broncos bury Tigers

By MIKE SMITH Heading into halftime with the score knotted at three, the April 21 showdown between Bronxville and Mamaroneck looked like it was destined to be another epic battle between the two Section I powers. But Bronxville was able to find another gear in the second half, going on a 12-0 run, which put […]

Panthers off and running

By MIKE SMITH On April 19, the Rye Neck baseball team continued its stellar play, beating Mahopac 9-2 to stay undefeated in the early goings of the 2014 campaign. With a veteran-laden team buoyed by good pitching, the Panthers seem to be poised to win their league and give a good account of themselves in […]

Harrison hosts tourney

On Friday, April 25, the Harrison Huskies baseball program will kick off the third annual Dave Basso Memorial Tournament, a four-team invitational established in the memory of the late Harrison Central School District employee who died in 2012. Harrison will play host to White Plains in the tournament opener on Friday afternoon, while Westlake and […]

Local fighters win big

By MIKE SMITH It was a banner week for New Rochelle’s Champs Boxing Club, as two of the gym’s brightest stars—one male, one female—scored big victories in the ring. On April 10, at B.B. Kings in Manhattan, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz continued his march through the pro ranks, stopping Minnesota-native Willshaun Boxley in the third […]