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.

Panthers off and running

By MIKE SMITH On April 19, the Rye Neck baseball team continued its stellar play, beating Mahopac 9-2 to stay undefeated in the early goings of the 2014 campaign. With a veteran-laden team buoyed by good pitching, the Panthers seem to be poised to win their league and give a good account of themselves in […]

Harrison hosts tourney

On Friday, April 25, the Harrison Huskies baseball program will kick off the third annual Dave Basso Memorial Tournament, a four-team invitational established in the memory of the late Harrison Central School District employee who died in 2012. Harrison will play host to White Plains in the tournament opener on Friday afternoon, while Westlake and […]

Local fighters win big

By MIKE SMITH It was a banner week for New Rochelle’s Champs Boxing Club, as two of the gym’s brightest stars—one male, one female—scored big victories in the ring. On April 10, at B.B. Kings in Manhattan, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz continued his march through the pro ranks, stopping Minnesota-native Willshaun Boxley in the third […]

Column: A bloodless feud

On Thursday night, during the fifth inning of the Yankees’ first game against the Red Sox this year, a beer vendor stopped by my seats in section 207, just beyond the right field foul pole, to have a chat with my friends and I. I’d seen the man before in my trips to the stadium; […]

Tigers ride streak

By MIKE SMITH After opening the season with two tough losses, the Mamaroneck lacrosse team has been on a tear, winning its last five contests. On April 11, the Tigers continued their winning ways, beating New Rochelle 13-3 to improve to 5-2 on the season. Junior Reed Malas scored five goals and notched two assists […]

Huskies best Rye

By MIKE SMITH On April 10, the Harrison tennis team hosted its rivals from Rye, downing the Garnets in the first of two meetings between the squads this year. Harrison’s 4-3 win over its league foe was a signature win for the Huskies early in the 2014 season and serves as proof this talented bunch […]

Eagles top Raiders

By MIKE SMITH On April 12, the Eastchester Eagles hosted their rivals from Scarsdale, beating the Raiders 10-8 in their annual Spark the Night for Autism game. The win might have been a little too close for comfort for some fans, but served as an example of how improved the Eagles are in the 2014 […]

Column: A whole new Game

Before you read any further, I want to give you fair warning. This is not a column about sports. But given the way that people talk about this week’s subject, it’s not far off. On April 6, just one week after Major League Baseball celebrated its 2014 Opening Day, fans of a different game anxiously […]

Rye buries Huskies

By MIKE SMITH On April 3, the Rye girls lacrosse team met up with rival Harrison, battering the Huskies to the tune of a 17-1 win for their second victory of the season. Although the season is young, the undefeated Garnets have been flawless so far, as the veteran squad is eager to improve on […]

Tigers off to hot start

By MIKE SMITH The Mamaroneck Tigers may have been rained out against Eastchester on April 7, but a little foul weather can do little to dampen fans’ enthusiasm for this year’s squad. With a host of returning players–and a chip on its shoulder–the team is currently undefeated and poised to regain its usual spot at […]