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.

Column: A section sweep

For the first time in about as long as I can remember, I won’t be making my way up to the Carrier Dome this year. It has become something of an autumn tradition for me over the years; hitting the road early the day after Thanksgiving, making the four-hour drive up NY-17 to Syracuse and […]

Harrison mourns death of high school student

By MIKE SMITH Harrison is reeling this week after another tragic death hit the community hard. Harrison High School junior Andrew Gurgitano, 16, died in his home on Saturday, Nov. 8, after suffering what the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined to be a rare spontaneous stroke. On Saturday and Sunday, Harrison High School again […]

Postmortem for an “Alien”

In December of 2005, when I was submitting occasional columns to my college newspaper, I felt compelled to jot down my thoughts after middleweight boxer Bernard Hopkins, then a ring-weary veteran at 40 years old, lost to an up-and-coming champion named Jermain Taylor for the second time. It was time to applaud Hopkins for a […]

Tigers claim Class D crown

By MIKE SMITH After a summer rife with uncertainty and turmoil, the Tuckahoe football team left little doubt as to their Section I dominance this year. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Tigers won their third-straight Class D championship with a dominating performance against challenger Haldane, beating the Blue Devils 40-0 to advance to the state […]

Rye wins Class A title

By MIKE SMITH Rye made history more than once on Saturday night, as senior quarterback Andrew Livingston led the Garnets to an unprecedented Class A title and broke the all-time Section I passing record in a 35-14 win over Yorktown at Mahopac High School.  With the win, Rye became the first team in Section I […]

Champs opens new location

By MIKE SMITH On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Champs Boxing Club held an evening gala to celebrate the opening of its new gym location in New Rochelle. The event, which was hosted by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, was a big step in the right direction for the local boxing club, according to Champs founder […]

A wealth of surprises

As I often say, the great thing about playoff time is that there is no shortage of wonderful narratives to follow. Unfortunately, some came to an end sooner than I—and our local fans—may have hoped. The last two weeks saw some of the Review’s state playoff hopefuls have their hopes dashed on the gridiron. Woodlands […]

Eastchester Playoff Roundup

Girls Soccer 10/25 Bronxville d. Putnam Valley 5-0 In Class C first-round action, top-seeded Bronxville demolished an overmatched Tiger team 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Caitlin Fryer started off the scoring from Bronxville just 10 minutes into the game and fond the net twice more to lead Bronxville on the day. Mason Warble and […]

Tigers throttle Scarsdale

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Mamaroneck Tigers punched their ticket to the Class AA semifinal round with a dominant road performance against No. 2 seed Scarsdale, beating the Raiders 45-20. Mamaroneck’s first postseason win in the playoff-era now has the team eying an Oct. 31 showdown with John Jay, with a trip […]

Column: The busiest time of the year

For someone who covers high school sports for a living, there is simply nothing quite like playoff time. As my colleagues here at the Review know all too well, this time of year is always a busy one. With election season in full swing, the newsroom is a frenzy of activity. Between coordinating Election Day […]