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.

Column: Summertime news?

They say the dog days of summer are generally a dead time for sports. Generally, I’d have to agree. With MLB just around its midseason point—and plenty of games still to be played—playoff races don’t really start to heat up until August. With the NBA, NFL and NHL on hiatus, it means there’s generally little […]

Resurrection league a hit

By MIKE SMITH Rye Resurrection’s Summer Intramural Basketball League kicked off its inaugural season in June and, so far, the competition has been fierce as scores of local youths take the court twice a week to battle for hardwood supremacy. With roughly 50 players aged 14 to 17 on four teams, the league has been […]

Local squad wins AAU crown

By MIKE SMITH A group of local basketball players took home a prestigious honor last week when the Hoop Strong Warriors 14U AA team won the Division 2 National Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orland, Fla. The Warriors beat Maryland’s Randalstown Running Rebels 35-34 in the title game to win […]

KAOS headed to nationals

By MIKE SMITH It hasn’t been the easiest summer for the Total KAOS 16U squad, but as the team heads down to the USSSA National Championships on July 26, it would appear they’re getting hot–and healthy–at the right time. On July 20, the Harrison-based KAOS squad won three games in one day to win the […]

Feigenbaum chooses STAC

By MIKE SMITH Rising Eagles’ senior Katie Feigenbaum has committed to play for St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., after she graduates from Eastchester High School in June 2015. Over the last three years, Feigenbaum has emerged as one of the premier goalies in the area and hopes to continue her career with the […]

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]

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 […]