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.

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 […]

Column: Cup runneth over

I don’t care how many burgers you grilled, how many hot dogs you ate or how many fireworks you set off this past weekend, your celebration of this nation’s birthday had nothing on the play of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. On July 5, just one day after the rest of us reveled in […]

Tigers raise money for rings

By MIKE SMITH The high school baseball season might be over, but the Mamaroneck Tigers are still enjoying their time in the spotlight. After cruising to a state title on June 13, the Tigers are still the talk of the town, and made a fundraising appearance at a local eatery on June 22 to raise […]

Dixon eyes Olympic bid

By MIKE SMITH Later this week, New Rochelle boxer Krystal Dixon will take her first step towards qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games, as she gets set to compete 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 […]

Column: A league of its own

As we head into the dog days of summer, it’s just about time for one of my favorite—and least favorite—stories of the year to begin: the Little League tournament. Earlier this week, the brackets went up for the local Little League tournaments, from the 9 and 10 year old baseball and softball teams to the […]

Tigers win states

By MIKE SMITH Even before the 2015 season started, Mamaroneck coach Mike Chiapparelli knew that he had a group of players that, under the right circumstances, could contend for a Section I crown. After two wins on June 13, Chiapparelli’s Tigers proved to be even greater, winning the school’s first state title since 2009.  Behind […]

Panthers fall to Marlboro

A disputed call proved to be a backbreaker for Rye Neck on June 4, when a called ball on an 0-2 pitch ended up resulting in a two-out, three-run rally for Marlboro High School. It was exactly what the Iron Dukes would need to pull out a 4-3 win over the Panthers in the Class […]

KAOS wins opening tourney

By MIKE SMITH It won’t be easy for the Harrison-based Total KAOS softball team to improve upon last season’s fifth place showing at nationals, but if their performance in the first tournament of 2015 is any indication, big things are in store for the elite travel squad.  On June 13, the Total KAOS 18u team […]