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 sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Tigers fall in regionals

By MIKE SMITH On June 5, Tuckahoe’s bid for a state title came to an end with the Tigers’ 8-5 loss to Southold in the Class D regional finals at Mamaroneck High School. Although the Tigers were able to win their first contest in the state title tournament, a number of errors on Saturday conspired […]

Huskies eager for 2016

By MIKE SMITH A playoff loss to rival Rye may have ended Harrison’s baseball season a few weeks ago, but as Huskies’ coach Marco DiRuocco looks back on the 2015 season, he believes that Harrison has plenty to look forward to in the future. With a solid group of returning players—a core that has now […]

Column: The sport of kings?

My apologies to anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of horseracing, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t give a fig about the sport. On Saturday, after American Pharaoh became the first horse since 1978 to win the coveted Triple Crown, the sports world was abuzz with news about the thoroughbred. Clearly, we […]

Garnets fall short in finals

By MIKE SMITH On May 30, Rye’s quest to defend its section title came to an end, as the Garnets fell 4-3 to Byram Hills at Provident Bank Park in the Class A championship game. Although the Garnets had some chances early, they were ultimately doomed by miscues in the field and an impressive performance […]

Huguenots fall in playoffs

New Rochelle’s softball and baseball teams both reached the postseason this spring, only to see their hopes of playoff glory eventually dashed by higher seeds. The Huguenots’ baseball team got off to a good start in the postseason on May 21, scoring a big upset over No. 6 seed Clarkstown South thanks to a six-run […]

Panthers nab Class B crown

  By MIKE SMITH The last time Rye Neck squared off against Valhalla on the softball diamond, the Panthers had little to show for their time, falling 18-1 to the defending Class B champs. On May 30, the Panthers rewrote the script, downing the Vikings 8-2 to win their first section championship since 2002, erasing […]

Tigers take section crown

By MIKE SMITH Despite throwing nearly 200 pitches in the span of the week, Mamaroneck senior Kumar Nambiar knew in the back of his mind that he might have to take the mound in the Class AA championship game at Provident Bank Park on May 30. But after Mamaroneck jumped out to an 8-0 lead […]

Tigers take titles

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe crowned two champions last week, as the varsity softball team and baseball team clinched section titles on successive days with wins over Haldane and Solomon Schechter, respectively. Both teams are currently gearing up for the state regionals, which take place on June 4 and June 5, after press time.  On May […]

Column: The real beauty of sports

It’s a good thing I had to work on Saturday, because if I didn’t I was planning to spend most of the day, in bed, ruminating about the Game 7 stinker the Rangers put forth the night before. But I had a full slate of championship games on the docket, which was good enough to […]

Panthers cruise to semis

By MIKE SMITH Sports Editor After an 18-2 performance in the regular season, there was little doubt that Rye Neck’s softball team was locked in for a long playoff run. Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Panthers have proved just how much talent they have on the roster, outscoring their opponents 31-1 […]