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.

Column: VMAs? Not for me, not anymore

On Sunday night, I was overcome with a severe and acute case of “grandpa-itis.” If my deepest fears are confirmed, there is no cure and no doubt about it—I’m getting old. These bouts of pre-geriatricsim have occurred more frequently over the past year or so. From watching Ken Griffey Jr., perhaps the finest, most exciting […]

Huskies ready to start, finish in 2013

By MIKE SMITH In 2012, the Harrison girls soccer team had just about everything you would expect a top-flight team to have: good goaltending, strong defense, solid midfielders and athletes all over the field. The one thing they didn’t have? The ability to finish. Heading into the 2013 season, head coach Jon-Erik Zappala said that […]

Panthers eye season opener

By MIKE SMITH With an undefeated regular season and one of the top defenses in all of Section I last year, the Rye Neck Panthers enjoyed a spectacular resurgence, the payoff for a couple of lean years in the early 2010s. The scary prospect for other Class C team this year? The Black Hats look […]

Local squash player wins PST tournament

By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 24 and 25, the Pro Squash Tour made a stop in Mamaroneck, pitting some top international players against each other in the Buffalo Wild Wings Open. South African Tertius Raubenheimer came away with the tournament win, topping Ricky Weisskopf in the finals on Sunday afternoon. Raubenheimer claimed the championship with […]

Column: Dear Mr. Fantasy

I’d like to think that my friends are–for the most part–a normal group of guys. And from an outside glance, they certainly seem to be. My buddies, whom I’ve known since kindergarten, are, to a man, gainfully employed, mature adults with a diverse array of interests from cooking and cigars to art and music. But, […]

Harrison has new AD in Hanson

By MIKE SMITH With the school year set to kick off, there will be hundreds of new faces gracing the hallways of Harrison High School’s campus. One might be a bit more visible than others at various sporting events, though, as Harrison has hired Stewart Hanson to serve as the interim director of health, physical […]

Mustangs eye another trip to nationals

By MIKE SMITH After reaching the NCAA national tournament last year, expectations are high in New Rochelle for the Monroe Women’s Volleyball team this season. For Monroe’s returning core‑as well as the head coach‑last year’s success is both the benchmark for the program’s aims this year, as well as a frustrating reminder of the improvement […]

Curtis, Lindsay take fifth at Worlds

  By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 15, half a world away, two local rowers, Lilian Lindsay and Melissa Curtis represented the United States in the World Rowing Junior Championships. Though the duo’s boat didn’t come away with a medal, the experience was certainly a high point on the year. Racing as part of the Junior […]

Men behaving badly

On Sunday, my men’s league baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs for something like the 12th straight year in horrible, heartbreaking fashion. While I would obviously like to use this space to pore over everything that broke the wrong way for us‑again‑this isn’t about us losing, it’s about how we deal with losing. Let […]