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.

Veteran Panthers eye 2014

By MIKE SMITH With an ace hurler, a host of returning starters and last season’s playoff loss to Ardsley still fresh in their memory, the Rye Neck softball team is looking to get off to a hot start in 2014 and potentially vie for a Class B crown this spring. Rye Neck comes into the […]

Allen second at nationals

By MIKE SMITH In 2012, New Rochelle’s Malcolm Allen accepted an at-large bid to the New York State high school wrestling tournament, bucked the odds and walked away from the competition as the top heavyweight in the state. Last month, wrestling for Iowa Central Community College at the NJCAA Division III national championships, Allen again […]

Column: Betting on goodbye

For the last six years, I’ve had a wonderful time serving as the sports editor for Hometown Media, but I’m afraid to say that come next month, loyal readers will have to get used to seeing a new byline in the back of our papers. Now, I’m not moving out of the area, taking my […]

Former Husky makes NCAAs

By MIKE SMITH During her time playing for the Harrison girls basketball team, Andi Moschetta never accrued much postseason experience. In fact, Moschetta, who graduated in 2011, played her entire high school career without advancing to the second round of the Class A sectionals. Things have changed. Now a junior at Springfield College, Moschetta finally […]

Tigers eye postseason return

By MIKE SMITH After a taste of some postseason success in 2013, the Mamaroneck softball team is coming into the 2014 campaign with its sights fixed firmly on sectionals. Despite losing a number of seniors from last year’s team, the Tigers should be poised to emerge as one of the top teams in their league […]

Eagles aim high in 2014

By MIKE SMITH After a stellar 2013 campaign that saw them win 20 games, the Eastchester Eagles are back on the field this spring, retooled with a veteran-laden team looking to reestablish itself as one of the premiere programs in Section I. When the squad opens up play on April 1, it should certainly be […]

Column: Waiting on a sunny day

I’m not the sort of person who pays too much attention to Punxsutawny Phil and his seasonal prognostications. In my mind, it doesn’t matter what the varmint says, it’s officially spring when I can feel it in my bones. So, while spring might technically be a few weeks away, this past weekend gave a little […]

D-League coming to county

By MIKE SMITH On March 10, the New York Knicks officially announced a partnership with the NBA Development League and Westchester County at a press conference welcoming the Knicks’ D-League franchise to its new home at the County Center. The new franchise will be the 18th team in the NBA’s Development League and will be […]

Area gym fights for peace

By MIKE SMITH On March 7, Champs Boxing Club in New Rochelle held the first of what is slated to be a series of life talks, inviting local youths into the Potter Avenue gym for a discussion about important issues in the youth community. According to Champs BC founder Ryan O’Leary, the program will hopefully […]

Rye honors seniors

By MIKE SMITH On March 6, Rye High School held a celebration for senior Garnets who are committed to participating in collegiate athletic programs with a special event in the Rye High School Library. With 25 Garnets slated to pursue athletics at the next level, the day was certainly a special one for the Rye […]