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.

Cruz back in action

  By MIKE SMITH Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz will be back in the ring in two weeks, co-headlining a fight card at B.B. King’s in New York City. Cruz, who is currently 11-0 as a professional, will look to keep his perfect record intact–even if he doesn’t know who his opponent will […]

LMLL enjoying great summer

By MIKE SMITH It’s been quite a summer for the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Little League 10U softball team. After capturing the District 20 crown last month and playing against some of the top teams in New York, the travel squad has continued to play at a high level, dominating the ranks of the Westchester Baseball Association as […]

Eagle committed to Jaspers

By MIKE SMITH Eastchester’s lacrosse program has been on the upswing the past several years, and, for the first time in the school’s history, its female lacrosse players are beginning to get noticed by collegiate coaches. Eagles co-captain Jordyn DiCostanzo recently became the first Eastchester girls lacrosse player in the program’s history to commit to […]

Column: Summertime news?

They say the dog days of summer are generally a dead time for sports. Generally, I’d have to agree. With MLB just around its midseason point—and plenty of games still to be played—playoff races don’t really start to heat up until August. With the NBA, NFL and NHL on hiatus, it means there’s generally little […]

Resurrection league a hit

By MIKE SMITH Rye Resurrection’s Summer Intramural Basketball League kicked off its inaugural season in June and, so far, the competition has been fierce as scores of local youths take the court twice a week to battle for hardwood supremacy. With roughly 50 players aged 14 to 17 on four teams, the league has been […]

Local squad wins AAU crown

By MIKE SMITH A group of local basketball players took home a prestigious honor last week when the Hoop Strong Warriors 14U AA team won the Division 2 National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orland, Fla. The Warriors beat Maryland’s Randalstown Running Rebels 35-34 in the title game to win […]

KAOS headed to nationals

By MIKE SMITH It hasn’t been the easiest summer for the Total KAOS 16U squad, but as the team heads down to the USSSA National Championships on July 26, it would appear they’re getting hot–and healthy–at the right time. On July 20, the Harrison-based KAOS squad won three games in one day to win the […]

Feigenbaum chooses STAC

By MIKE SMITH Rising Eagles’ senior Katie Feigenbaum has committed to play for St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., after she graduates from Eastchester High School in June 2015. Over the last three years, Feigenbaum has emerged as one of the premier goalies in the area and hopes to continue her career with the […]

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]