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.

Column: Spring fever

As scores of local high school athletes have been getting their first taste of the spring season over the last few weeks, your intrepid sports editor here at the Review has also been getting ready for the upcoming season. The stakes might be a lot higher for those preparing for their varsity sports seasons, but […]

Tigers eye quick start

By MIKE SMITH After starting the 2014 season with six straight losses, the Mamaroneck Tigers pulled off an improbable run, winning 10 of their last 12 games to finish the season on a high note. This season, with all but one player returning, the Tigers are hoping to build on last year’s finish and come […]

Huskies set for season

By MIKE SMITH After going 6-16 last season, the Harrison baseball team is looking to retool this spring and make waves in one of the most competitive leagues in Section I. Buoyed by a host of returning players, the Huskies are hoping to turn things around in 2015.  Harrison has 11 players coming back this […]

Knicks fall to Charge

The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, took a tough loss on the road, falling 104-73 on March 17 to the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate. The teams traded a pair of twos to start the game, but it was all Charge basketball after that as Canton […]

Column: Bracket bustin’

You would figure that by now, I would’ve gotten the hang of this thing. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament kicks off this week, and with it comes what promises to be yet another futile and pathetic bracket prognostication from yours truly. I watch a lot of college basketball throughout the year, but it seems that […]

Snow presents spring problems

By MIKE SMITH With the spring sports season slated to start this week, area coaches are becoming concerned that the winter weather may have conspired to keep teams inside for much of the preseason this year. Westchester has received an abundance of snowfall this year, little of which has melted due to the below freezing […]

Column: Alma matters

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament doesn’t start until March 15, but on Saturday evening, I got my first dose of March Madness when I watched my alma mater defeat Albertus Magnus College to advance to the Division III Sweet Sixteen. You’re not going to see any game highlights on ESPN, you’re not going […]

Rye bows out in semis

By MIKE SMITH After a solid regular season and an inspired run through the playoffs, Rye’s season came to an end on Feb. 26, when they fell 60-54 to defending Class A champion Peekskill in the sectional semifinals. Despite the loss, the Garnets appear to be in a position to remain atop the Class A […]

Tiger run ends in finals

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe’s basketball season came to an end on Feb. 28, when the Tigers fell 56-45 to Haldane in the Class C championship game at the Westchester County Center. Despite the loss, however, the Tigers showed plenty of heart this postseason to advance to the finals where they bowed to the two-time section […]

Titans fall to Pelham

By MIKE SMITH The magic that has propelled the Rye Town/Harrison hockey club for the playoff stretch ran out on March 1, when the Titans ran into a Pelican-shaped buzzsaw at the Suffern Sport-o-Rama, dropping the Division 2 championship game 9-1 to a surging Pelham team.  The Pelicans scored twice in the first period, but […]