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.

Huguenots tame Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 16, New Rochelle and Mamaroneck took the court for a hotly anticipated early-season league matchup. Though the Huguenots had a few stumbles along the way, they were able to use their athleticism and a good transition game to down the Tigers, beating Mamaroneck 71-48. As the two squads gear up […]

Tunic named All-American

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 12, Mamaroneck senior Nick Tunic earned All-American honors for his performance on the pitch this season, adding the nod to a long list of achievements. Tunic, the only soccer player in the county to be named an All-American, was previously named Section I’s large-school player of the year. Tunic said […]

Column: Some holiday wishes

It’s Christmastime again and, although—at 29 years old—I don’t stay up on Christmas Eve, eagerly hoping to hear reindeer hooves clopping on my roof, it doesn’t mean that I don’t still put continue together a wish list. Strangely enough, the list might not be all that different from the ones I penned years ago. As […]

Huskies open with three wins

By MIKE SMITH The Harrison Huskies kicked of the 2013-14 wrestling season in high style on Dec. 6, going 3-0 in a four-way dual meet against Eastchester, Pleasantville and White Plains. While head coach Vin Nicita was pleased with the way his team came out of the gate, he knows that the Huskies will be […]

Garnets host Miller Invitational

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 7, the Rye Garnets hosted a score of other programs in the annual Bernie Miller Invitational at Rye High School. Competing in a number of dual meets proved challenging for the Rye squad, but head coach Matt Beatty is confident that his team will steadily improve as the season goes […]

Tourney time for local squads

Local teams met with varying success during the winter basketball tournaments this past weekend as all three schools suited-up for tourney action. Eastchester’s boys once again nabbed top honors at their own tournament with two impressive performances. In the finals of the 35th annual Holiday Tournament, the Eagles held off a challenge from their perennial […]

Tigers place third at tourney

By MIKE SMITH The Mamaroneck wrestling squad got off to a solid start on Dec. 7 when they hosted the annual Tiger Tourney at Hommocks Middle School. In a field featuring tough competitors from all over Westchester and Long Island, the Tigers finished third behind eventual champion Glen Cove and a solid Port Chester team. […]

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, […]