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.

Cruz returns to the ring

By MIKE SMITH In the first round of his Dec. 4, fight against Joshua Arocho, Byrant “Pee Wee” Cruz found himself in an unfamiliar situation. Caught by a sneaky left hook, the Port Chester lightweight was on the canvas for the first time in his professional career. His ankle, which buckled underneath him on his […]

Titans down Pearl River

Behind goaltender Brian Ket-chabaw’s shutout performance on Feb. 2, the Rye Town/Harrison Titans buried a good Pearl River team 2-0 to improve to 10-6 on the year. Ian Bass and Brian Kelly provided the offense for RTH on Sunday, while Ketchabaw was perfect in net, stopping all 12 shots on goal to blank the Pirates […]

Column: A true American holiday

When you boil it all down, is there a single day of the year that is more quintessentially American than Super Bowl Sunday? Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the Super Bowl. But at its core, isn’t the biggest sporting Sunday of the year built upon some ideas for which many criticize our culture? […]

Dixon grabs gold at Nationals

By MIKE SMITH At the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash. last week, a duo of local fighters made good, establishing themselves as two of the top amateur female fighters in the country. Krystal Dixon, fighting out of Champs Boxing Club in New Rochelle, emerged as the top 178-plus pound amateur in the country […]

Huskies soar at leagues, Cornell

By MIKE SMITH After both the boys and girls teams from Harrison came away as champions at the Jan. 11 League Championship Meet, the Huskies, as they have done over the past several successful years, turned their eyes to what came next–this weekend’s county meet. But before they did, the squad took a little sojourn […]

Rye edges Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 25, the Mamaroneck Tigers continued their grueling 2013-14 season with a home game against a Class A powerhouse from Rye. Although the Garnets would come away with a 46-43 win over the host Tigers, the game served as a testament to the strides the Tigers squad has made over the […]

Garnets edge Tigers

By MIKE SMITH The Rye Garnets might be headed for a high postseason berth, but they didn’t escape last week’s contests without a scare as a game Mamaroneck Tigers squad battled back from an early Rye lead to push the Garnets to the limit on Jan. 25. Though the Garnets came away with a 46-43 […]

Eagles top Broncos

By MIKE SMITH With a 39-36 win over cross-town rival Bronxville on Jan. 25, the Eastchester Eagles are continuing their hot play in 2014 and operating like a well-oiled machine with the Class A playoffs looming right around the corner. At 8-6, the Eagles have been stellar over the past month, as they seem to […]

New Ro tops Raiders in OT

By MIKE SMITH New Rochelle hasn’t had an easy time playing at Scarsdale High School over the last few years, but when the Huguenots took the court on Jan. 25, they weren’t thinking about past failures. Instead, they were focused on the task at hand, stopping a hot-shooting league foe in the Raiders. After a […]

What happened to sports movies?

With last Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, it’s official; Oscar season is upon us. But in looking over the movies of the last year—both those nominated and the ones that otherwise stood out as blockbuster-type events—there’s one particular genre of film that seems to have been out of season for quite some time […]