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: Navy days long ago

Three score and 10 years ago, I suddenly became “an officer and a gentleman.” This was quite unexpected, since my classmates and I had nowhere near the number of credits in naval science normally required for a commission as a Navy ensign. One of us was even denied his commission because he was not yet […]

Column: USA? OK!

Call me crazy but, as a sports fan, I enjoy nothing more than watching games being played at odd hours. Now I’m not advocating that Major League Baseball starts scheduling more 11 a.m. starts during the week or that Knicks games should only be aired in the coveted 3 a.m. time slot—although such a move […]

New Ro falls to Pride

By MIKE SMITH New Rochelle’s girls may have played their best basketball down the stretch this year, but against a dominant Ossining team in the Class AA quarterfinals, the size–and talent–of the Section I favorites proved too much to overcome. On Feb. 21, the Pride ended the Huguenots’ season, beating New Rochelle 60-48 to move […]

Garnets ready for Magnus

By MIKE SMITH Rye might not have seemed its old defensive-minded self in the early goings of a Feb. 19 quarterfinal game against Sleepy Hollow, but the Garnets were able to right the ship after some early miscues, erasing a double-digit deficit to outclass the Horsemen the rest of the way, winning 62-37 to punch […]

Huskies reach semis

By MIKE SMITH Harrison may be known as a football town but, as the last few weeks have shown, Huskies supporters will always turn out to cheer on a winner. On Feb. 19, in front of a packed home gym, Harrison’s basketball team clawed its way to the biggest win in the program’s history with […]

Tuckahoe rallies again

By MIKE SMITH When pressed about his team’s knack for pulling out improbable come-from-behind victories, Tuckahoe head coach Al Visconti said the Tigers’ resilience over the last few games has demonstrated two things about his players; their willpower and their complete lack of regard for the well-being of their coach. On Feb. 24, taking on […]

Panthers bow in semis

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 24, Rye Neck’s season came to an end with a 51-44 loss to Woodlands in the Class B semifinals at the County Center. Despite an impressive showing though the first three quarters, the Panthers–who have spent an entire season defying the odds and overcoming adversity–simply couldn’t withstand the athleticism of […]

Tigers fall to Keio

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe’s bounce-back season came to an end on Feb. 25 when a tough second quarter against third-seeded Keio came back to haunt the Tigers, dooming them to a semifinal round exit at the County Center. Despite the 42-30 loss, the Tigers have plenty to be proud of in a season that saw […]

RTH, Mamaroneck fall

Both local hockey teams were eliminated in the early goings of the Section I hockey playoffs last week as the Titans fell to John Jay in the second round of the Division II finals and the Tigers lost to eventual Division I champion Scarsdale in first-round action. Against the Raiders on Feb. 18, Mamaroneck’s season-long […]

Column: One for the old guys

If there is anything piling up faster than the snow outside, it’s the not-so-subtle reminders that I’m getting old. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that my back is acting up after I spent the past two days shoveling my driveway, or the fact snow days are now a nuisance rather than a cause […]