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; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Tigers outlast New Ro

By MIKE SMITH A highly anticipated pitcher’s duel lived up to expectations on April 21, when Mamaroneck and New Rochelle’s aces went head-to-head in the first matchup of the season between the league foes. In the end, it was Mamaroneck—and southpaw Kumar Nambiar—who walked away with a 2-1 extra innings win, as the Tigers outlasted […]

Rye Athlete of the week: George Kirby

By LAUREN DEMPSEY With a 90 mph fastball and a nasty curve, junior George Kirby was lights out, pitching a shutout against Tappan Zee in the Garnets’ season opener.  Kirby finished the inning game with 10 strikeouts and no walks while allowing only three hits.  He followed that up by holding hard-hitting John Jay to […]

Castagna to leave Rye

By MIKE SMITH On April 15, Rye Athletic Director Rob Castagna announced that he will leave his post at the end of the school year to pursue an opportunity in the Byram Hills School District. Castagna, who has been a part of Rye’s athletic community for 21 years, said that although he may be moving […]

Harrison Round up

Baseball 4/14 Rye d. Harrison 7-0 On April 14, Rye hurler Tim DeGraw turned in a gem for the Garnets, tossing a complete game no-hitter against the Huskies as his squad cruised to a 7-0 win at Rye Recreation Park. DeGraw hit two batters, walked three and fanned six over the course of his first […]

Eagles turning corner

By MIKE SMITH Although their record might not show it right now, the Eastchester girls lacrosse team is making great strides this year. With a hard-fought loss against perennial powerhouse Rye on April 16, the Eagles are beginning to hit their stride as they play a grueling schedule that represents a step up for the […]

Column: Retaliation fatigue

I consider myself something of a baseball purist. When it comes to watching Major League games, I’m all for the direction the sport is going in. Fewer runs are being scored, ERAs are lower across the board, and speed, pitching and defense—not the ability to hit home runs—are of premium importance to teams looking to […]

Eagles fall to Garnets

By MIKE SMITH On April 9, the Eastchester Eagles dropped their first game of the season, falling 7-1 to a solid Rye team at home. But despite the loss, head coach Steve Lennon is confident that with more games against top-flight competition this year, his Eagles are on their way to becoming a formidable postseason […]

DeGraw no-hits Huskies

By MIKE SMITH Since its run to the Section I title last year, Rye has been known as a team built on the strength of its pitching and defense. And early on this season, it appears the Garnets have no deficiencies in either area.  On April 14, senior hurler Tim DeGraw turned in Rye’s latest […]

Huskies host triangular meet

By MIKE SMITH On April 12, the Harrison Huskies hosted Port Chester and Rye in a meet that featured several individual track and field events. Although the triangular was did not take team scores into account, Harrison coach Dom Zanot said that the event gave all three teams a chance to record baseline performances for […]

Tigers top White Plains

By MIKE SMITH After suffering its first loss of the season on April 11, the Mamaroneck Tigers came back in a big way with an 8-7 win over White Plains on Monday afternoon. As the team continues to gel, first-year head coach Racquel Lividini believes they can be a force within the section. The visiting […]