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 sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Huskies reach semis

By MIKE SMITH Harrison may be known as a football town but, as the last few weeks have shown, Huskies supporters will always turn out to cheer on a winner. On Feb. 19, in front of a packed home gym, Harrison’s basketball team clawed its way to the biggest win in the program’s history with […]

Tuckahoe rallies again

By MIKE SMITH When pressed about his team’s knack for pulling out improbable come-from-behind victories, Tuckahoe head coach Al Visconti said the Tigers’ resilience over the last few games has demonstrated two things about his players; their willpower and their complete lack of regard for the well-being of their coach. On Feb. 24, taking on […]

Panthers bow in semis

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 24, Rye Neck’s season came to an end with a 51-44 loss to Woodlands in the Class B semifinals at the County Center. Despite an impressive showing though the first three quarters, the Panthers–who have spent an entire season defying the odds and overcoming adversity–simply couldn’t withstand the athleticism of […]

Tigers fall to Keio

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe’s bounce-back season came to an end on Feb. 25 when a tough second quarter against third-seeded Keio came back to haunt the Tigers, dooming them to a semifinal round exit at the County Center. Despite the 42-30 loss, the Tigers have plenty to be proud of in a season that saw […]

RTH, Mamaroneck fall

Both local hockey teams were eliminated in the early goings of the Section I hockey playoffs last week as the Titans fell to John Jay in the second round of the Division II finals and the Tigers lost to eventual Division I champion Scarsdale in first-round action. Against the Raiders on Feb. 18, Mamaroneck’s season-long […]

Column: One for the old guys

If there is anything piling up faster than the snow outside, it’s the not-so-subtle reminders that I’m getting old. Now, I’m not talking about the fact that my back is acting up after I spent the past two days shoveling my driveway, or the fact snow days are now a nuisance rather than a cause […]

Cruz stays perfect

By Mike Smith Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz might not have been flawless on Feb. 12, but he was sharp enough, fast enough, and—most importantly—tough enough to come away with a unanimous decision against Joshua Reyes to improve to 9-0 on his young career. Fighting in front of a rabid home crowd at the last fight […]

Huskies down John Jay

By Mike Smith After an eight-day layoff, Harrison’s boys basketball team wasted little time picking up where it left off, dropping John Jay 60-48 in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Feb. 16. With the win, Harrison advances to the second round on Feb. 19 as it looks to continue its march […]

Tigers fall to New Ro

By Mike Smith On Feb. 16, a solid season for Mamaroneck came to a close as the Tigers fell in the first round of the Class AA playoffs to a surging New Rochelle squad, 43-35. The ninth-seeded Huguenots were able to avenge a Jan. 22 loss to the Tigers, advancing to play Mount Vernon in […]

Panthers bury Trojans

By Mike Smith Chris Cascione might not have had the best night from the field on Feb. 18, but with the Panthers’ season on the line and time running out, the senior showed little fear—and even less hesitation—sinking a game-winning three-pointer with just 10 seconds left to play to send his Rye Neck squad to […]