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.

New Ro nips Raiders

By MIKE SMITH On May 3, New Rochelle protected its perfect league record with an extra-inning win over visiting Scarsdale. With the win, the Huguenots improve to 10-2 on the season, 4-0 in the league. With the playoffs looming, the Huguenots appear to be a threat, not only to win a league title, but to […]

‘Chap’ gets 500th win

By MIKE SMITH On May 2, Mamaroneck’s baseball team beat Mount Vernon 12-0 to continue an in-league winning streak coming into an inevitable showdown with New Rochelle. But the win was more than just another step towards claiming a league title for the Tigers, it also marked the 500th time Tigers coach Mike Chiapparelli has […]

Huskies eye home stretch

By MIKE SMITH What has been a trying season for Harrison continued on May 5 when the Huskies fell 13-7 to a good Westlake team to drop to 4-8 on the season. According to head coach Jon-Erik Zappala, it might just take one good game to propel his squad into playoff contention. With just four […]

Cruz signs with co-promoters

By MIKE SMITH Undefeated local fighter, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz, made an appearance at Mickey Spillane’s Pub in Eastchester on May 5, celebrating his recent agreement with two major promotions and drumming up interest for his upcoming May 16 fight. At 9-0, Cruz is already something of a local hero, but his fight team is […]

Column: “Fun” running

On a sunny, brisk Sunday afternoon, I watched a throng of dedicated runners take to the streets of Rye to compete in the annual Rye Derby. As these people streamed across the finish line, caked in sweat, with varying looks of weariness and elation on their faces, I couldn’t help but think, boy, do I […]

Rye holds 26th annual derby

On Sunday, April 27, scores of runners turned out for the 26th annual Rye Derby, one of the highlights of the local running season. Competitors of all ages hit the streets of Rye, competing in the 5-mile, 5k or 1k fun run-walk. Moroccan long distance runner Mourad Marofit, 31, won the overall 5-mile race, posting […]

Tigers edge Scarsdale

By MIKE SMITH Mamaroneck might not have gotten the bats going on April 29, but the team did come through when it counted. Taking on league foe Scarsdale, the Tigers were able to pull out an extra-inning, walk-off win to beat the Raiders 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. With runners on second and third and one […]

Eagles clip Tigers

By MIKE SMITH On April 28, two local rivals squared-off as Eastchester and Tuckahoe went head-to-head on the baseball diamond. When the dust had settled, it was the Eagles who came out on top with a 3-2 victory, but the Tigers pushed them to the limit. Mike DiSanto got the start for Eastchester and pitched […]

Basso tourney a hit

By MIKE SMITH Harrison might not have won a game in the Dave Basso Memorial Tournament this past weekend, but that didn’t stop head coach Marco DiRuocco from classifying the annual tourney as a runaway success. For the third straight year, the Harrison baseball program was able to raise money for the Dave Basso Memorial […]

Column: Coping with Easter hockey

April 20 may have been Easter Sunday, but I have to tell you, I wasn’t feeling very Christian. While most of my family was decked out in their finest duds and headed to mass, I also found myself in a state of constant prayer. Instead of packing in the pews with the rest of the […]