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.

Cruz shines locally

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 20, Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz had a homecoming of sorts, when the local pugilist headlined his first ever fight card in Westchester. Throngs of fans turned out to see the undefeated junior lightweight keep his perfect record intact, earning a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Jorge Pazos at […]

Athlete of the week: Maggie McDermott

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Maggie McDermott, a senior on the Rye track team, broke the indoor 3000-meter school record with a time of 10:31, a whopping 14 seconds ahead of the previous record. Breaking school records is nothing new to Maggie, who now owns two indoor records in the 800-meter and 3000-meter events as well as […]

Column: Rethinking A-Rod

I never thought I’d say these words, but here it is; I’m an A-Rod defender. Before I go too far down this road, let me say right up front that I’m no fan of the Yankee third baseman. He’s a cheater and a liar, and worse than that—at least in my Red Sox-crazy mind—he’s a […]

Tigers win first round game

By MIKE SMITH It’s not every year that Mamaroneck’s basketball team finds itself headed to the second round of the playoffs. In fact, coming into 2015, it had been 38 years since they had advanced past the first round.  But on Feb. 12, a gritty Tiger team was able to find a way to beat […]

Huskies fall to Dutchmen

By Mike Smith In front of a packed house at Harrison High School on Tuesday, the No. 4 seed Huskies battled valiantly to keep its season alive against No. 5 seed Tappan Zee in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs. But a furious Harrison comeback in the third quarter proved moot, as the Dutchmen’s […]

Huskies girls win section

By MIKE SMITH Given the success of Harrison’s girls track team over the last decade or so, it might be surprising to hear that the team has gone 28 years without claiming a sectional title. That all changed last week, as Harrison’s girls bested a deep class—and perennial champs Pearl River to claim their first-ever […]

Huskies fall in quarterfinals

By Mike Smith Harrison’s high seed and home-court advantage wasn’t enough to stop a red-hot Tappan Zee team on Feb. 18, as the surging Dutchmen earned yet another upset victory in the Class A tournament, beating the Huskies 49-40 to advance to the sectional semifinals. Showcasing deadly marksmanship from beyond the arc and a commitment to […]

Hemida repeats at 220

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 15, Mamaroneck senior Youssif Hemida added another section title to his already crowded trophy case, claiming the 220-pound championship with a 5-2 win against Horace Greeley’s Brock Cvijanovich at Clarkstown South High School. Hemida, who claimed last year’s title after a neck injury cost him most of the regular season, […]

Crowley takes section

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 15, Eastchester junior Nunzio Crowley brought home a Section I wrestling title, winning the 170-pound bracket at Clarkstown South High School to cap off a terrific run through the rest of the area’s top wrestlers this winter.  Crowley blanked John Jay’s Evan Frank in the finals, beating the Indians’ standout […]

Rye headed to semis

Another year means another trip to the Westchester County Center for the Rye girls basketball team. On Feb. 17, the Garnets bested Pearl River 54-42 to advance to the Class A semifinals for the second straight year. With the win, they have earned the right to take on Peekskill on Feb. 26 for the chance […]