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.

Rye summer league grows

By MIKE SMITH In its second year of existence, the Rye Resurrection Basketball League continues to grow, providing local youths the chance to hit the hardwood with their friends twice a week during the dog days of summer.  In its inaugural season in 2014, the league boasted 48 players, aged 14 to 17, on four […]

Itri, Tigers, eye August

By MIKE SMITH In 2013, Tom Itri, then at the helm of the Blind Brook football program, brought his Trojans to Tuckahoe High School to take on the Tigers for their annual homecoming game. The fan turnout, the festive atmosphere and the play of his opponents that day made an impression on the opposing head […]

Column: Teeing off

Amid all the excitement surrounding the PGA Open Championship this past weekend, from the weather delays to Tiger’s drought and the emergence of amateur Paul Dunne, there’s one golf story that may have been overlooked by major media outlets: my return to the links. On Sunday, after nearly a decade away from golf, I once […]

Local teams fall in tourney

Despite a few spirited runs, the quest to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., is over for many of our area teams, who were eliminated in the 11/12 District 20 Tournament last week. With the remainder of the tournament still to be played, though, the hunt to crown the district champ is […]

Column: Live Mic

My Red Sox might not be lighting the world on fire this year, but you can be sure I tuned into the action when they hosted the Yankees last weekend for a three-game set. Now yes, the Sox had been better as of late, coming into the series just five games behind the Bombers on […]

Tigers host spring session

By MIKE SMITH Although the 2015 football season is still months away from its official start date, this week saw a flurry of activity on the gridiron, as local squads took to the field to get some much-needed work in.  Camps at White Plains, Mamaroneck and 7-on-7 tournaments, like the one hosted by Fordham High […]

KAOS wins beach blast

On June 21, the Harrison-based Total KAOS softball team won its second tournament of the summer, placing first at the Beach Blast in Ocean City, N.J., with a stellar performance. Although the Sunday championships were rained out, KAOS ran through pool play on June 20, outscoring its opponents 27-0 en route to claiming the top […]

Eastchester takes District 20

By MIKE SMITH On July 2, the Eastchester 11/12 girls softball team completed an undefeated run through District 20, beating Harrison 14-4 to claim the district crown.  Eastchester won all four of its tournament games, outscoring its opponents 51-5 in that time. The championship game was Eastchester’s second win over Harrison in the tournament. According […]

Local teams hit gridiron

By MIKE SMITH Although the 2015 football season is still months away from its official start date, this week saw a flurry of activity on the gridiron, as local squads took to the field to get some much-needed work in.  Camps at White Plains, Mamaroneck and 7-on-7 tournaments, like the one hosted by Fordham High […]

Dixon eyes Olympic bid

By MIKE SMITH Late last month, New Rochelle boxer Krystal Dixon took her first step towards qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, as she competed at the pre-Olympic trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. The road hasn’t been an easy one for the highly-decorated amateur champ, but if her bid to make the USA Olympic team […]