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.

Huguenots hit the mat

By MIKE SMITH For Section I wrestling squads, the winter schedule always ramps up in January as area wrestlers ready themselves for the postseason. Over the last week or so, New Rochelle’s grapplers have been testing themselves on the mat, competing at tough tournaments—including their own—to prepare for what lies ahead. On Jan. 4, the […]

ETB downs New Rochelle

By MIKE SMITH The Eastchester/Tuckahoe/Bron-xville hockey team started off 2014 on the right skate last weekend as the Eagles earned their first win of the new year over a league foe. On Jan. 10, ETB won a hard-fought, 5-3 game over New Rochelle at the Ice Hutch to extend what is now a three-game winning […]

Garnets down Huskies

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 12, the Harrison Huskies traveled to Rye for the first leg of a Monday/Friday double-booking with the rival Garnets. Unfortunately for Harrison, it was Rye that took the first game of the season series, downing the visitors 60-36. Maddie Eck led the way for the Garnets, scoring a game-high 21 […]

Wrestlers shine at Scarsdale

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 11, two Huskies wrestlers led the way as the Harrison fared well at the Scarsdale tournament, placing second in a field of 14 teams with a total of 122 points on the day. Frankie Barchella and Max Luskawitz both finished first in their weight classes to help Harrison finish behind […]

Monroe hosts hoops teams

Monroe College hosted its third annual Hoops for a Cure event on Jan. 11, as the New Rochelle college opened its gym to some of the top high school basketball teams in the area for a slate of four action-packed games that aimed to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Relief Fund. The event, which […]

Column: Back on the NFL wagon

It’s been a while, football. Nice to have you back. I’ve often written about my love of professional football in this column. From following the Giants with a zealot’s fervor to obsessively micro-managing my fantasy football team, I have lost many a weekend to the allure of the NFL Sunday Ticket. Until this year. After […]

Panthers stay perfect

By Mike Smith Rye Neck might not have come out of the gate swinging on Jan. 6, but, in the end, poise, confidence and a veteran presence helped the Panthers come away with a 46-36 win over rival Valhalla. In the early goings of the season, the experienced Panthers squad has proved tough to beat, […]

Titans avenge Tiger loss

By MIKE SMITH Just minutes before the puck dropped between the Mamaroneck Tigers and the Rye Town/Harrison Titans on Jan. 4, Titans’ goalie Joey Livornese took a warm-up slap shot off his skates, breaking a blade. With no backup skates–and no backup netminder–the game was delayed roughly 30 minutes while a Titans parent ran home […]

Broncos tame Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 7, a surging Broncos basketball squad knocked off crosstown rival Tuckahoe, downing the Tigers 74-34 at Bronxville High School. For the Broncos, the victory was not only an important league-play win, but also serve as another sign that Bronxville is bouncing back after a slow start. Junior captain Charlie Tarry […]

Column: Wearing me out

While watching the Knicks struggle to play something resembling basketball against the Thunder on Christmas day, I was struck by something even more reprehensible and odious than the Knickerbockers’ effort level all season; the garish Christmas Day uniforms. In case you didn’t use the NBA’s Christmas programming to effectively avoid awkward conversations with the relatives, […]