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: Leveling the playing field

As a sportswriter, I’m a big fan of a good fight. In many ways, my very livelihood depends on my ability to describe head-to-head confrontations, whether they take place in the boxing ring, in the hockey rink or on the football field. But when I am forced to watch these battles move past the boundaries […]

Panthers set for title defense

  By MIKE SMITH Replacing a team that made it to the state championship game just one year ago might be a tough act to follow, but this year’s Rye Neck Panthers have just one goal on their mind as the season begins; getting back in the win column after a heartbreaking loss in Syracuse. […]

Tigers retool for 2014

By MIKE SMITH The numbers might be low for Tuckahoe this year, but the expectations, unsurprisingly, aren’t. As a shorthanded and understaffed Tigers team prepares for the 2014 football season, it will be relying on a battle-tested senior class looking to capture yet another Class D championship for the school’s trophy case. With 11 seniors […]

Huskies eye Panas opener

By MIKE SMITH With a first-year head coach and quite a bit to prove, the Harrison Huskies find themselves heading into 2014 playing an unfamiliar role, underdogs. But with a talented group of returners—and a sizeable chip on their shoulders—the Huskies are eager to show they belong with the top teams in Class A. According to […]

Column: Growing up on the field

Regret is sadly just another part of getting older. It’s an oft-repeated lament of those who find themselves—like I do—getting up in years that they wish they knew, in their youths, how special their formative years could truly be. One of the unique aspects of my job is that I get the chance to watch […]

WFAN All-Stars hit home run

On Aug. 13, Flower Park in New Rochelle played host to the third annual WFAN Celebrity Softball Game, hosted by New Rochelle grad and current WFAN radio host Craig Carton. Carton’s team, including his co-host, Jets great Boomer Esiason, former Mets closer John Franco and retired Yankees like Jim Leyritz, Willie Randolph and Cecil Fielder, […]

Cruz remains undefeated

    By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 13, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz kept his perfect record intact, winning a majority decision over wild slugger Jose Morales at B.B. Kings in New York City. With the win, Cruz improved to 12-0 in his professional boxing career. Although the fight was one of Cruz’s toughest to date, […]

Mustangs ready for opener

By MIKE SMITH The Monroe Mustangs kicked off their preseason last week, inviting members of the media to catch a glimpse of the local football team before the regular season kicks off in earnest in 2014. Now in just its third year of existence, the Mustangs, led by head coach Terry Karg, have seemingly turned […]

Column: Memories in the making

It’s been a running theme in my column over the years to advise today’s high school athletes to be more appreciative of the journey they’re on while they’re actually on it. Now I know it’s hard. Athletes put a lot of pressure on themselves and, often, it can seem like the goal—winning—is the only thing […]

Column: Fantasy island

As I may have mentioned a time or two in this column, I’m a big fantasy football fan. Over the next few months, the NFL season will consume me and my buddies; turning lifelong relationships into bitter, quarter-year feuds that quite often threaten the very foundation of our friendships. For those who don’t play fantasy […]