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.

Men behaving badly

On Sunday, my men’s league baseball team was eliminated from the playoffs for something like the 12th straight year in horrible, heartbreaking fashion. While I would obviously like to use this space to pore over everything that broke the wrong way for us‑again‑this isn’t about us losing, it’s about how we deal with losing. Let […]

Westchester Academy Baseball completes largest year to date

By MIKE SMITH Westchester Academy Baseball grew by leaps and bounds this year, experiencing its biggest expansion since its inception. According to WAB head Edwin Diaz, the organization thrived thanks to support from local communities. The Academy, which fielded two teams in 2012, put seven teams on the field this summer, ranging from a 13U […]

Column: In “defense” of A-Rod

I’ll admit that I never expected—not in a million years—to write the following sentence. I feel bad for Alex Rodriguez. Now, I’ll admit that, as a Red Sox fan, I have spent the last decade or so absolutely loathing the “suspended” Yankees slugger. The Arroyo ball-slap in the 2004 ALCS and his seeming inability to […]

Rising Stars shine at New Rochelle camp

By MIKE SMITH In 1998, then head coach of the New Rochelle baseball team, Darren Gurney, began a summer camp aimed at fostering a love for the sport of baseball in the area’s youth. Fifteen years later, his Rising Star camp is still going strong, and laying the foundation of fundamentals–and community–for New Rochelle’s aspiring […]

Rye Racquet sweeps MITLs

The Rye Racquet Club women’s doubles teams just wrapped up another stellar summer season, sweeping titles in all three Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League divisions, taking home top honors in the A, B and C levels of play. Since the club’s inception, this is the fifth time that the Rye Racquet Club has taken all three […]

Area teams hit gridiron at Champs Camp

By MIKE SMITH From July 29 to Aug. 2, area football teams went through what is likely one of the last big camps of the summer as some of the top squads traveled to New Rochelle High School to take part in the annual Champions Camp hosted by the Huguenots. Teams from Tuckahoe, Harrison, Eastchester […]

Local rowers to crew at worlds

By MIKE SMITH Two local rowers will be representing the United States at the junior world championships this week, as Rye’s Melissa Curtis and Harrison’s Liliane Lindsay will both be on the junior Women’s 8 boat that will compete in World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania. Curtis, who rows for the Greenwich Water Club […]

Rye boosters push for new scoreboard

By MIKE SMITH Plans are underway to ensure that Rye’s athletic teams will have a new scoreboard this fall, as Rye parents and alumni are in the process of raising funds for a new installation for Nugent Stadium. The current scoreboard, which members of the newly formed New Scoreboard Committee believe was donated some 40 […]

Column: Heroes and the modern athlete

One of the more jarring and painful passages into adulthood for many people is the realization that the idols and heroes of one’s youth will often fail, in some way or another. The failure doesn’t have to be a spectacular one. It can simply be the moment that one realizes that the heroes of youth […]

KAOS squad wins Connecticut title

By MIKE SMITH On July 22, the Total KAOS 16u Blue team won the Amateur Softball Association Connecticut State Championship, beating the Branford Hornets 1-0 in a hotly contested extra-inning affair held in Southington, Conn. The game, a 0-0 pitchers duel, was decided under international tie-break rules, which state that, upon reaching extra innings, the […]