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.

Garnets hit the ice

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 7, the Rye Garnets fought to a draw with Mount Pleasant, finishing the overtime period knotted at four goals apiece with the Panthers. Though the game might not have been the Garnets best, head coach Jason Friesen believes it’s just one step in the process of Rye finding its bearings. […]

Tigers take third at county event

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 21, the Mamaroneck cheer squad kicked off its season in high style, taking third place at the 65th annual Westchester Cheerleading Invitational at the County Center in White Plains. For the Tigers, the opportunity to go up against the best squads in the area and come away with a trophy […]

Column: The postgame blues

A few years back, when I was still a relatively green reporter, I was covering a boxing card at the Rye Town Hilton. A relatively unskilled fighter from the area, whose name escapes me now, took a beating in one of the undercard bouts. In an effort to inject some local flavor into the piece, […]

Cops win annual Turkey Bowl

On Nov. 30, Eastchester’s Bravest and Finest took to Haindl Field for the 8th annual Mickey Spillane’s Turkey Bowl, a yearly battle for charity–and bragging rights. The Eastchester Police Department emerged victorious, handing the fire department a 20-6 loss, but the bigger goal for the Saturday event was to raise money for the family of […]

Huskies primed for hardwood

By MIKE SMITH Over the last several seasons, Harrison’s girls basketball program has made great strides culminating in a .500 season last winter and the chance to host a non-outbracket playoff game for the first time in recent memory. As they gear up for the 2013-14 season with a battle-tested group of veterans, the Huskies […]

Panthers fall in heartbreaker

By MIKE SMITH The Rye Neck Panthers saw a dream season come to an excruciating end on Dec. 1 as they fell in the Class C state finals to Chenago Forks by a score of 28-27. The back-and-forth game saw the Black Hats come within one point of a tie after Jake Sevean hauled in […]

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 […]