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.

Monroe finishes ninth at nationals

The final point of the match and the season was a perfect set from sophomore Hazel Ortiz-Rosado to All-American Tathianna Cordero, who killed it to the left side of the court. It was an appropriate exclamation point to the eighth-seeded Monroe Mustangs’ 3-1 defeat of No. 15 Moraine Valley from Illinois in the ninth-place game […]

Column: Enjoying the climb

One of the most important parts of being a sports reporter—or even being a sports fan—is learning to look beyond the numbers. Sure, game stories, stats and results tell some sides of the story. But, more often than not, a deeper look into a team’s construction or the psyche of individual players helps one to […]

Rye Neck earns dome berth

By MIKE SMITH Rye Neck’s players huddled near the sideline at Dietz Stadium on Saturday afternoon, belting out the Motown standard that has become the team’s theme song–and slogan—this year. But after the Panthers’ 14-0 win over reigning state champion Hoosick Falls on Nov. 23, the words “Ain’t no mountain high enough” rang truer than […]

Karg named Coach of the Year

By MIKE SMITH Following a 7-3 season this fall, Monroe College football coach Terry Karg was named North East Football Conference Coach of the Year, a testament to both the on-field play of his Mustangs as well as the tremendous job he has done since launching the program last summer. Though the team struggled to […]

Baigelman to play for Israeli squad

By MIKE SMITH In 2012, Abby Baigelman became the first Mamaroneck girls lacrosse player to earn All-American honors. This De-cember, Baigelman will suit up for another country entirely when she joins the U19 Israeli team. Baigelman will spend roughly nine days overseas next month, training with the team at the Olympic training facility in Tel-Aviv […]

Doty signs with Nova

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 15, Iona’s Ryan Doty signed a national letter of intent to play college baseball for Villanova next year. The Gaels’ star–who grew up playing for a number of Harrison teams–said that, after a recruiting process that took the better part of four years, he’s ready to compete–and hopefully flourish–at the […]

Column: Moving it inside

I have to say, when it comes down to it, I’m kind of an outdoor cat. Whether it’s going on a hike, spending the day fishing or playing in a bevy of recreational sports leagues, I spend that majority of my time, weather permitting, outside. It only makes sense that the profession I’ve chosen—covering sports—allows […]

Panthers pound Burke

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 16, the Rye Neck Panthers made their first foray into the state football playoffs with aplomb, routing Section IX champions Burke Catholic with a 47-6 win in Kingston. With the win, the 10-0 Pan-thers earn the right to take on Section II’s Hoosick Falls on Nov. 23 with a trip […]

Tigers fall to Chester

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 16, the Tuckahoe Tigers football season ended with a rare loss to the Section IX champs from Chester, as the Tigers fell to the Hambletonians 26-21 at Mahopac High School. Although the Tigers may have been accustomed to beating Chester–having won the last six match-ups between the squads–head coach John […]

Marino signs with Minutemen

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 15, Harrison senior Jake Marino officially made his collegiate decision, signing his letter of intent to play lacrosse for the Minutemen at the University of Massachusetts. For Marino, the announcement was merely a formality, as the senior had already made a verbal commitment to the university following his sophomore year. […]