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.

Huskies host memorial game

On May 2, the Harrison baseball team will host the inaugural Andrew Gurgitano Memorial Game when it hosts the rival Rye Garnets at Silver Lake Park in West Harrison. Gurgitano, a pitcher on the Huskies’ baseball team, died suddenly last November. He was a diligent student and an outstanding role model. His passions in life […]

Huskies streak ends at 10

By MIKE SMITH Coming into the year with a relatively young team hasn’t slowed down Harrison’s lacrosse squad one bit, as the Huskies won their 10th straight game with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Scarsdale on April 24. Matt McLaughlin and Owen Van Tongeren each had three goals in the comeback win for the Huskies […]

Tigers win sixth straight

By MIKE SMITH With an 11-7 victory over Ursuline on April 28, the Mamaroneck Tigers improved to 10-1 on the year and pushed their latest win streak to six consecutive games. Everything seems to be coming together for the Tigers who are closing in on a league title and will likely enter the Class A […]

Athlete of the week: Micheline DiNardo

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Although the goal scorers get most of the notoriety, the key to the success of a lacrosse team is the ability of the goalie to stop shots. Thankfully, the Garnets have one of the best around in Micheline DiNardo. On April 24, DiNardo came up with seven big saves to secure an […]

Column: Springtime in New York

The last week or so has been a pretty decent time to be a sports fan in New York. Between the Yankees-Mets series over the weekend and the possibility of a second round showdown between the Islanders and Rangers the local sports scene has been positively abuzz as of late. Not too shabby for late-April. […]

Tigers outlast New Ro

By MIKE SMITH A highly anticipated pitcher’s duel lived up to expectations on April 21, when Mamaroneck and New Rochelle’s aces went head-to-head in the first matchup of the season between the league foes. In the end, it was Mamaroneck—and southpaw Kumar Nambiar—who walked away with a 2-1 extra innings win, as the Tigers outlasted […]

Rye Athlete of the week: George Kirby

By LAUREN DEMPSEY With a 90 mph fastball and a nasty curve, junior George Kirby was lights out, pitching a shutout against Tappan Zee in the Garnets’ season opener.  Kirby finished the inning game with 10 strikeouts and no walks while allowing only three hits.  He followed that up by holding hard-hitting John Jay to […]

Castagna to leave Rye

By MIKE SMITH On April 15, Rye Athletic Director Rob Castagna announced that he will leave his post at the end of the school year to pursue an opportunity in the Byram Hills School District. Castagna, who has been a part of Rye’s athletic community for 21 years, said that although he may be moving […]

Harrison Round up

Baseball 4/14 Rye d. Harrison 7-0 On April 14, Rye hurler Tim DeGraw turned in a gem for the Garnets, tossing a complete game no-hitter against the Huskies as his squad cruised to a 7-0 win at Rye Recreation Park. DeGraw hit two batters, walked three and fanned six over the course of his first […]

Eagles turning corner

By MIKE SMITH Although their record might not show it right now, the Eastchester girls lacrosse team is making great strides this year. With a hard-fought loss against perennial powerhouse Rye on April 16, the Eagles are beginning to hit their stride as they play a grueling schedule that represents a step up for the […]