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.

Rye’s top sport stories of 2013

Harrison battles Rye in “The Game” The annual meeting between the two rivals, known as “The Game”, has inspired such passion and rivalry in both fan bases that it makes it impossible to leave off any year’s best list when it comes to Harrison athletics. Coming into this year’s match up, people speculated in the […]

Top sports stories of 2013

New Rochelle cheer squads win national titles It wasn’t just New Rochelle’s basketball players who brought hardware back to the city in 2013, as the Huguenots varsity cheerleading squad won a national title on Feb. 10 in Orlando, Fla. The Huguenots came into the final day of competition as the fourth-ranked squad at the cheer competition, […]

Eagles in holiday tourney

Over the winter break, Eastchester’s hoopsters kept busy, competing at the annual Slam Dunk Tournament held at the Westchester County Center on Dec. 26 and 27. Though the Eagles may not have walked away with a tournament win, their ability to hang with some tough out-of-section teams in the big venue might bode well for […]

Column: Rolling the dice with board games

It’s amazing sometimes to see just how important these games are to some people. I’ve seen more than my fair share of bad behavior over the years, from underhanded tricks to gain an advantage and egregious displays of poor sportsmanship to out-and-out acts of aggression and violence. Of course, I’m not talking about my time […]

Rye off to hot start

By MIKE SMITH Though they might not have walked away from their own holiday tournament as champions, the Rye Garnets learned a valuable lesson on Dec. 21 when they fell to Arlington in the tourney finals. Despite the early success they’ve had this season, the Garnets will need to continue to improve if they want […]

Mamaroneck sports year in review

Rye Neck reaches state finals It has been a tough road for the Black Hats, but in 2013 all of their hard work finally paid off as Rye Neck found itself at the Syracuse Carrier Dome with a chance to win the school’s first-ever state title. Though the Panthers lost to Chenago Forks by the […]

Top Eastchester sports stories of 2013

Eastchester basketball reaches county center They may not have walked away as section champions in 2013, but the Eastchester Eagles may well have been the most fun team to watch in the area. A young, undersized crew with a host of able bodies off the bench, the Eagles ran teams out of the gym last […]

Top Harrison sports stories in 2013

Harrison battles Rye in “The Game” Although Harrison might not have emerged victorious in the annual meeting between the two rivals, “The Game” has inspired such passion and rivalry in both fan bases that it makes it impossible to leave off any year’s best list when it comes to Harrison athletics. Coming into this year’s […]

Column: Protect the player, not the plate

Although Major League Baseball’s winter meetings failed to yield a ton of hot-stove action last week, there was some notable news that made its way out of Florida that caused something of a stir. It wasn’t about Mark Trumbo and it wasn’t about Curtis Granderson. MLB decided to make the game a little bit safer […]

Garnets win tourney opener

By MIKE SMITH Although snow may have interrupted Rye’s annual holiday tournament on Dec. 15, the Garnets were able to come away from last weekend with an opening-round win over a tough Pelham squad, downing the Pelicans with a 81-66 victory. Saturday’s championship game against Blind Brook was postponed and will likely be played on […]