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.

Panthers top Hastings

By MIKE SMITH Rye Neck’s march towards a section title continued on May 23 when the Panthers easily outclassed Hastings at home with a 15-0 win to advance to the Class B quarterfinals. With a bonafide ace and a team playing its best ball of the spring, big things seem to be on the horizon […]

Broncos net another title

On May 23, the Bronxville Broncos won their fourth-straight Section I title, beating the Pleasantville Panthers 9-7 at White Plains High School. Despite coming into the game as the heavy favorites, the Broncos fell behind to a methodical Pleasantville attack. Slowing down the pace of the game, the Panthers were able to head into the […]

Walk-off for Franks, Panthers

On May 27, Rye Neck escaped a first-round thriller with Dobbs Ferry, as the top-seeded Class B team was able to nip the Eagles after a big hit by senior Matt Franks. With the score knotted at 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Franks singled, driving in Thomas Pipolo for the […]

Column: Playing in the now

As a sports fan, sometimes I think my biggest gripe is there’s never enough time to gloat over a big win. Last week, after trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the New York Rangers pulled out an improbable upset, winning three straight games to send the Pens packing and advance to […]

Huguenots win league

By MIKE SMITH With an extra-inning win over Mamaroneck on May 8, the New Rochelle Huguenots secured sole possession of the 2014 league II-B championship. As the Huguenots prepare for the sectional playoffs, they hope the pitching—and camaraderie—that carried the team all season long will continue to be a strength. Against the Tigers, New Rochelle […]

Huskies clip Eagles

By MIKE SMITH The Eastchester lacrosse season may have come to an end on May 16, but second-year coach Steve Lennon said the Eagles’ success in 2014 is proof the program is headed in the right direction. Eastchester’s strong play this year earned the team a home game in the first round of the Class […]

Huskies reach semis

By MIKE SMITH Through the first two rounds of the Class A lacrosse playoffs, Harrison hasn’t exactly played to the level of a traditional 13-seed. With two straight decisive wins over higher-seeds though, a now-healthy Huskies squad is showing it might be better than its regular season record suggests. With a 9-4 win over Eastchester on […]

Cruz remains perfect

On May 16, lightweight boxer Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz kept his perfect record intact with a unanimous decision win over Osnel Charles at Foxwoods Resort Casino, improving his professional mark to 11-0. Although Cruz wasn’t perfect against the hard-charging Charles (10-8-1), his trainer, Ryan O’Leary, said the one-sided decision was a testament to his charge’s […]

Garnets bounced from playoffs

After playing their way into the Class B semifinals, the Garnets season came to an end on May 20 when they fell to a powerful Yorktown team 14-5 on the Huskers home turf. The Huskers were able to spread the scoring around, as Sydney Stern led her squad with three goals and an assist. Stern’s […]

Column: Thanks, mom

Of all the sports I played, of all the coaches I’ve ever had, the single best piece of sporting advice I ever got was from my mother. Just before I started my senior year of high school, a week into preseason two-a-days, I came to a decision; I was going to quit playing football. My […]