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.

Cruz stays perfect

By Mike Smith Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz might not have been flawless on Feb. 12, but he was sharp enough, fast enough, and—most importantly—tough enough to come away with a unanimous decision against Joshua Reyes to improve to 9-0 on his young career. Fighting in front of a rabid home crowd at the last fight […]

Huskies down John Jay

By Mike Smith After an eight-day layoff, Harrison’s boys basketball team wasted little time picking up where it left off, dropping John Jay 60-48 in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Feb. 16. With the win, Harrison advances to the second round on Feb. 19 as it looks to continue its march […]

Tigers fall to New Ro

By Mike Smith On Feb. 16, a solid season for Mamaroneck came to a close as the Tigers fell in the first round of the Class AA playoffs to a surging New Rochelle squad, 43-35. The ninth-seeded Huguenots were able to avenge a Jan. 22 loss to the Tigers, advancing to play Mount Vernon in […]

Panthers bury Trojans

By Mike Smith Chris Cascione might not have had the best night from the field on Feb. 18, but with the Panthers’ season on the line and time running out, the senior showed little fear—and even less hesitation—sinking a game-winning three-pointer with just 10 seconds left to play to send his Rye Neck squad to […]

Hemida wins section

By Mike Smith On Feb. 16, junior Youssif Hemida became the first-ever Mamaroneck wrestler to win a Section I title as he defeated second-seeded Ryan Delanty from Mahopac 7-3 in the section championships at Clarkstown South High School. Hemida’s first-place finish was not the only bright spot for Mamaroneck in sectionals, though, as teammates Louis […]

Sports mergers approved

By Mike Smith A couple of local sports teams will have a decidedly different flavor this spring as the Tuckahoe school board approved two athletic mergers for the 2014 season at a meeting on Feb. 10. As a result, Tuckahoe’s girls will join forces with Eastchester’s lacrosse program and take on softball players from Bronxville […]

First round scoreboard

Boys basketball 2/16 Eastchester  d. Rye 84-51 The top-seeded Eagles put together an impressive first-round performance against Rye on Sunday, burying the Eagles with a barrage of points to send the Garnets packing. Eastchester was led by a scoring outburst from Nick Campana, who tallied 23 points in the win, but Campana was hardly alone […]

Garnets, Titans advance

In the first round of the Division 2 hockey playoffs on Feb. 18, Rye rode a strong third period to a decisive win over Hen Hud, downing the Sailors 5-2 at the Brewster Ice Arena. With six minutes left and the score tied at two, Connor Hatch found the net to break the stalemate, propelling […]

Column: Figuring out Sochi

I’ll be dead honest; when it comes to watching most events in the Winter Olympics, I’m clueless. Now, it’s not that I don’t get the main gist of what’s going on. I think I understand the basics. In speed skating, luge, and other race-type events, the object is to get the best time. In slope-style […]

Five qualify for sectionals

On Feb. 8, Harrison High School played host to one leg of the sectional wrestling qualifiers with grapplers from nine area high schools looking to earn their ticket to Arlington High School for next week’s tournament. Of the three local squads in attendance, New Rochelle fared the best, getting 10 wrestlers qualified for sectionals, while […]