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.

Column: Waiting on a sunny day

I’m not the sort of person who pays too much attention to Punxsutawny Phil and his seasonal prognostications. In my mind, it doesn’t matter what the varmint says, it’s officially spring when I can feel it in my bones. So, while spring might technically be a few weeks away, this past weekend gave a little […]

D-League coming to county

By MIKE SMITH On March 10, the New York Knicks officially announced a partnership with the NBA Development League and Westchester County at a press conference welcoming the Knicks’ D-League franchise to its new home at the County Center. The new franchise will be the 18th team in the NBA’s Development League and will be […]

Area gym fights for peace

By MIKE SMITH On March 7, Champs Boxing Club in New Rochelle held the first of what is slated to be a series of life talks, inviting local youths into the Potter Avenue gym for a discussion about important issues in the youth community. According to Champs BC founder Ryan O’Leary, the program will hopefully […]

Rye honors seniors

By MIKE SMITH On March 6, Rye High School held a celebration for senior Garnets who are committed to participating in collegiate athletic programs with a special event in the Rye High School Library. With 25 Garnets slated to pursue athletics at the next level, the day was certainly a special one for the Rye […]

Column: Fanning the flames

The on-court action may have been thrilling, the stakes may have been high, but when it comes down to it, Section I did not have a good week at the County Center. From Feb. 22 to March 1, the White Plains venue played host to the Section I championships, an annual tradition that is inarguably […]

Garnets fall in semis

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 26, the Rye girls’ basketball season came to an end at the County Center when the Garnets fell to a tough Albertus Magnus team 48-37 in the Class A semifinals. Despite the loss, and the graduation of several key seniors, head coach Dennis Hurlie believes that the Garnets are poised […]

Huskies bow in semis

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 26, the Harrison Huskies made their first postseason appearance at the County Center in 65 years when they took on top-seeded Eastchester in the Class A semifinals. Despite entering the game as heavy underdogs, the Huskies acquitted themselves quite well in a hard-fought 56-51 loss. Although the trip to the […]

Eagles fall short

By MIKE SMITH Last week, the Eastchester Eagles took to the County Center in search of their first section title in 56 years. Unfortunately for Eagles fans, Eastchester fell short in its title bid, losing to Walter Panas in the Class A finals 64-53. Eastchester’s championship week started off on a strong note as the […]

Titans seek future success

By MIKE SMITH Under first-year head coach Pete Thomas, Rye Town-Harrison’s hockey team enjoyed quite the resurgence this year, posting a 16-7 record and making its way to the second round of the Division II playoffs. As Thomas continues to move forward with the team, he said, he expects the Titans to become a true […]

Tigers fall in finals

By MIKE SMITH Over the last few weeks, stirring comebacks and improbable rallies have been the norm for an overachieving Tuckahoe team. On Feb. 28, however, that run came to an end as the Tigers fell 51-47 in the Class C finals to a solid Haldane squad. Despite holding a lead for most of the […]