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.

Eastchester Round up

Boys Basketball 1/12 Eastchester d. Pelham 59-55 Eastchester continued its solid play last week, downing league foe Pelham by four points at home. Benny DiMirco led all scorers with 16 points. 1/15 Eastchester d. Port Chester 66-46 The Eagles benefited from a full team effort on Thursday, as they downed Port Chester by 20 points […]

Knicks fall to Bighorns

In a highly anticipated matchup between two teams meeting for the first and only time this season, the Westchester Knicks, 8-15, fell to the Reno Bighorns, 9-12, by a score of 129-119 in both team’s first showing at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase on Jan. 16. The Knicks came out of the gate hot, hitting […]

Ice hockey comes to Tuckahoe

By CHRIS EBERHART The distinct sound of a hockey stick slapping a puck and the puck rattling against the boards echoed while six, seven and eight year olds played the first ever game in Tuckahoe’s new ice rink on Marbledale Road.  After more than a year in planning and construction, Home Ice Advantage’s ice rink […]

Column: Playoff fever

In the aftermath of the college football championship game, one thing is readily apparent; it could not have worked out any better for proponents of the playoff system. This year, for the first time ever, the College Football National Championship was decided by a four-team playoff scenario. The decision to do away with the old […]

Iona shines at showcase

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 10, the Saunders Blue Devils hosted the fourth annual Hoops for a Cure event at the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Roc City, inviting seven local squads to participate in the fundraising showcase. A number of local teams, including New Rochelle and Eastchester were in action, helping to raise money […]

Panthers sting Hastings

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 13, the Rye Neck Panthers bested Hastings 46-20 at home to win their fifth game of the year. Against the Yellow Jackets, the Panthers utilized a balanced attack—and stifling defense—to show just how dangerous this team can be when firing on all cylinders.  Kayla Pugliese led Rye Neck with 15 […]

Column: The fix is in?

When I stop and take measure, it’s pretty apparent that I’ve got a lot of crazy friends on Facebook. I’m not talking about your garden-variety social media neurotics either. Excessive baby photos, manic swings and compulsive relationship status updates; those are all par for the course. But somehow, it seems like, for whatever reason, about […]

Eastchester Round up

  Boys Basketball 12/30 Ardsley d. Tuckahoe 55-44 Taking on the Panthers in the last game before the new year, Tuckahoe struggled, falling by 11 points to a solid Ardsley team. The visitors were led by a terrific showing by Dave Falcone, who netted 22 points in the win, but it was a spark off […]

Rye Round up

Boys Basketball 1/6 Pelham d. Rye 49-43 Playing against the Pelicans on Tuesday, the Garnets were dealt another hard-luck loss as their league rivals were able to come away with a six-point win in Rye’s own gym. Pelham’s Brendan Roche was the difference-maker, scoring the lion’s share of his team’s buckets and tallying 31 points […]

Huskies top Croton

By MIKE SMITH Over the last two weeks, Harrison’s basketball team has been riding a hot streak. With a win at the County Center on Dec. 27, the Huskies ensured that they would head into the new year on a positive track.  Participating in the annual Slam Dunk Tournament Challenge game against Croton-Harmon, the Huskies […]