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: A bullying problem in the NFL

On Nov. 4, Miami Dolphins’ lineman Richie Incognito was dismissed from the team indefinitely after charges of harassment and bullying were leveled against him by former teammate Jonathan Martin, who reportedly left the team due to his alleged treatment at the hands of Incognito and other veteran players. According to sources, Martin, a second-year player, […]

Garnets reach finals

On Nov. 1, the Rye Garnets punched their ticket to the Class A finals with a convincing 28-7 win over Tappan Zee, marking the first time Rye has made an appearance in a Section I final since 2008. Rye (9-0) started strong as Alex Raynor intercepted a Tap-pan Ze-e quarterback Giuse-ppe Maddalena pass on the […]

Panthers claim Class C title

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 2, the Rye Neck Panthers laid claim to the Class C title with a convincing win over Woodlands, beating the Falcons 21-7 at Mahopac High School. For the Black Hats, the win wasn’t one that simply affirmed their flawless Section I record this season, but was also a testament to […]

Rye Neck falls in finals

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 2, the Rye Neck field hockey team lost to a red-hot North Salem team in the Class B finals, ending the Panthers’ solid postseason run. Despite the loss to the Bears, however, second-year head coach Beth Gulotta has been impressed with the strides made by the Panthers team this year. […]

Tiger take Class A crown

By MIKE SMITH An old sports adage opines it’s tough to beat a good team three times in a row. On Nov. 5, however, another truisim–one increasingly familiar to Section I field hockey program–carried the day; It’s awfully tough to beat the Tigers at all. At Brewster High School, Mamaroneck (19-0-1) continued its brilliant play […]

Eastchester falls in finals

By MIKE SMITH After a solid regular season and inspired playoff push, the Eastchester girls soccer season came to an end on Nov. 2 when they fell to Byram Hills in the Class A championship game at Arlington High School. Despite the 2-0 loss, Eagles’ coach Frank Fiore was pleased with his team’s effort both […]

Broncos net another title

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 2, Broncos fans were able to celebrate what is fast becoming an annual occurrence in Bronxville, another Section I title for the girls soccer team. With a 2-1 win over Albertus Magnus at Arlington High School, the Broncos captured their fourth-straight Class B crown, adding more hardware to the school’s […]

Bronxville falls in semis

Though entering their Nov. 1 Class C semifinal matchup against Pawling as the favorites, the Bronxville Broncos suffered a rare loss against the Tigers, losing in a wild shootout period that ended Bronxville’s hopes for another section title. It seemed as though the Broncos were headed towards a regulation win with time running out as […]

Column: Fan for a night

On Saturday night, I did something I have not done since before I took over my beat in 2007. I went to a high school sports contest, not as a reporter, but as a fan. Now, don’t get me wrong; I root for our local sports teams. I’m always glad to see Mamaroneck walk away […]

Garnets gut out win

By MIKE SMITH On Oct. 25, a banged-up–but still undefeated–Garnets team took the gridiron minus a few key players for their first-round playoff match-up against a tough Yorktown team, looking to advance to the Class A quarterfinals. By the time the final whistle blew, Rye proved it had tons of guts to go with an […]