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.

Harrison wins District 20

By MIKE SMITH On June 25, Harrison’s 11/12-year-old softball squad won the District 20 title, beating a game Eastchester club in extra-innings. With the 5-4 win, Harrison moved on to represent District 20 in the first round of Sectionals, which kicked off on June 29. After six innings, Eastchester and Harrison were knotted at three […]

Sarachelli wins big in Bronx

By MIKE SMITH On June 28, local fighter Paul Sarachelli ended a lengthy layoff and returned to the ring in impressive fashion, earning a first-round TKO at the Tri-State Battle of the Bronx event held at Gaelic Park in the Bronx. Though the New Rochellean known by his fans as “Thunder” hadn’t fought in roughly […]

Locals medal at USTA event

By MIKE SMITH Taking part in the United States Tennis Association Section Championship for the second time in Schenectady last month, the Rye Raquet Club 12U Intermediate team had a strong showing, placing second in a field that included teams from all over the tri-state area. Last year, in the club’s first venture into section […]

Column: Waiting on August

The end of any school year is undoubtedly a joyous time for all involved. From the students, who welcome two months of freedom from quizzes, tests, report cards and essays with unfettered celebration, to the teachers, whose own relief is just as palpable, there are few tears shed when schools close their doors for summer […]

Huskies look to 2015

By MIKE SMITH Harrison’s softball squad might have faced its fair share of adversity this year, but that didn’t stop the Huskies, who battled to a 12-10 mark and got a thrilling playoff win under their belts. As the team begins to look ahead to next year, good health–and pitching–could put the Huskies right back […]

Panthers ready for 2015

By MIKE SMITH If this year’s veteran crop of Rye Neck baseball proved anything, it’s that talent—and chemistry—can carry a team to the greatest of heights. As Rye Neck’s softball players look ahead to next spring, they might be in for a similar fate. This year, with just two seniors on the roster, the Panthers […]

Broncos season raises bar

By MIKE SMITH The Bronxville Broncos may have been stopped in their hunt for a state title on June 6, but the 2014 Broncos squad was able to make history this year, going 13-8-2 and capturing the program’s first-ever Section I crown in the process. Despite controlling the majority of the draws as well as […]

Column: Pitch perfect

If there’s one thing I learned on Monday evening, it’s I might never get too old to bust out a hearty “USA!” chant. On June 16, in the 86th minute of the USMNT’s World Cup opener in Brazil, 21-year-old American midfielder Jonathan Brooks broke a 1-1 tie with Ghana, finding the net on a splendid […]

Garnets bow in finals

By MIKE SMITH After 2013’s six-win season, Rye’s baseball squad came out of the gates firing on all cylinders; winning 23 games and earning the school’s first-ever berth in a state final game. Although that game ended with a loss to Bayport-Blue Point, the significance of the Garnets’ historic season wasn’t lost on the Rye […]

Panthers fall at states

By MIKE SMITH On June 15, Rye Neck played Schalmont in the Class B state championship game at Binghamton University. Although Schalmont was finally able to put an end to the Panthers’ terrific run this season, what the Rye Neck squad accomplished this year was nothing short of historic. Earlier in the day, the Panthers […]