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.

Tigers heating up

By MIKE SMITH It may have taken a while, but it looks like Mamaroneck’s softball team is beginning to hit its stride. With the playoffs looming, the timing couldn’t be better.  On May 11, the Tigers clawed back from an early deficit to beat league foe Scarsdale 8-6 on the road, thanks to a four-run […]

Broncos eye Unicorns

By MIKE SMITH Although it closed out the regular season with a 10-3 loss to Fordham Prep on May 9, it would seem as though the Bronxville lacrosse team is coming into the Class C playoffs poised to make a deep postseason run this year. With an experienced core of talented players, the Broncos hopes […]

Garnets enter postseason

    By MIKE SMITH After a long regular season campaign, Rye’s lacrosse teams are set for postseason play this week, as both Garnet teams are primed for the lacrosse playoffs that kick off on May 14. After an 11-5 season, the boys team earned a No. 3 seed in the Class B playoffs and […]

Rye Athlete of the week: Johnny Emanuel

By LAUREN DEMPSEY With his unconditional commitment to his tennis team and devout love of the game, Johnny Emanuel has earned Athlete of the Week honors. The Ivy League-bound senior is a captain alongside Andrew Emanuel, no relation, and serves as a leader to the younger players with his knowledge of the game and experience. […]

Column: Deflate-great!

“More probable than not.” In the grand scheme of things—or in a court of law—those four words aren’t too damning. But as they relate to Tom Brady’s part in “Deflategate,” they’re more than powerful enough to ensure that the golden boy gets his just deserts. Last week, an NFL-sponsored report into the Patriots’ ball-deflating scandal […]

Huguenots top Tigers

By MIKE SMITH With a gritty win over Mamaroneck on May 1, it seems that things may be turning around for New Rochelle’s baseball team as the season heads into the home stretch. At 5-7 on the season, the Huguenots appear to be playing their best baseball of the season as they head into a […]

Huguenots roundup

Girls Softball 5/4 Eastchester d. New Rochelle 6-4 On May 4, the Eastchester Eagles picked up their ninth victory of the season with a come-from-behind 6-4 win against a solid New Rochelle team. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Eagles got a boost from the bat of Victoria Biancavilla, who blasted […]

Eagles topple New Ro

By MIKE SMITH On May 4, the Eastchester Eagles picked up their ninth victory of the season with a come-from-behind 6-4 win against a solid New Rochelle team. As the Eagles gear up for the home stretch, head coach Chris Walpole believes that Monday’s game could serve as a confidence-booster for the 9-4 ball club. […]

Gurgitano remembered

By MIKE SMITH On May 2, the communities of Harrison and Rye banded together to celebrate the life of a young man taken too soon, as they participated in the first-ever Andrew Gurgitano Memorial Baseball Game, in honor of the Harrison junior who died unexpectedly on Nov. 8, 2014.  Hundreds of Gurgitano’s friends, family members, […]

Column: Pay-Per-Boos

If there are two certainties in life, they are death and taxes. If there is another one, it’s that a high-profile Pay-Per-View featuring Floyd Mayweather will inevitably be a dud. I’ve been a boxing fan for years; the kind of fan who will gladly tune into a fight on SNY between two boxers I’ve never […]