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 bows out in semis

By MIKE SMITH After a solid regular season and an inspired run through the playoffs, Rye’s season came to an end on Feb. 26, when they fell 60-54 to defending Class A champion Peekskill in the sectional semifinals. Despite the loss, the Garnets appear to be in a position to remain atop the Class A […]

Tiger run ends in finals

By MIKE SMITH Tuckahoe’s basketball season came to an end on Feb. 28, when the Tigers fell 56-45 to Haldane in the Class C championship game at the Westchester County Center. Despite the loss, however, the Tigers showed plenty of heart this postseason to advance to the finals where they bowed to the two-time section […]

Titans fall to Pelham

By MIKE SMITH The magic that has propelled the Rye Town/Harrison hockey club for the playoff stretch ran out on March 1, when the Titans ran into a Pelican-shaped buzzsaw at the Suffern Sport-o-Rama, dropping the Division 2 championship game 9-1 to a surging Pelham team.  The Pelicans scored twice in the first period, but […]

Brescia chooses Merrimack

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 26, Rye Neck senior Dom Brescia signed his national letter of intent and announced his decision to play football for Merrimack College next fall.  Brescia, who has been a standout back for the Panthers since 2010, said he has had the idea of playing collegiate football on his mind for […]

Hemida wins states

By MIKE SMITH Mamaroneck senior Youssif Hemida became the school’s first-ever state wrestling champion, on Feb. 28, when he sealed his perfect season with a 5-2 win over Walt Whitman’s Vin Feola in the finals of the state tournament in Albany, N.Y.  For Hemida, the road to the 220-pound title was an especially gratifying one, […]

Column: A farewell to Big Mase

No matter what the cultural landscape of the times, New York City has always been a place that has idealized the tough guy. Despite the multiple transformations of the city, New Yorkers—especially sports fans—have always hung onto the image of the Big Apple being the type of place where only those with the strongest of […]

Titans ice Garnets

By MIKE SMITH What should have been a banner win for the Rye Town/Harrison hockey program was marred by a late-game skirmish, as the Titans advanced to the second round of the Division II playoffs with a resounding 5-2 over rival Rye. In the process, the Titans also lost three key players for their upcoming […]

Cruz shines locally

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 20, Port Chester native Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz had a homecoming of sorts, when the local pugilist headlined his first ever fight card in Westchester. Throngs of fans turned out to see the undefeated junior lightweight keep his perfect record intact, earning a unanimous decision over Mexico’s Jorge Pazos at […]

Athlete of the week: Maggie McDermott

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Maggie McDermott, a senior on the Rye track team, broke the indoor 3000-meter school record with a time of 10:31, a whopping 14 seconds ahead of the previous record. Breaking school records is nothing new to Maggie, who now owns two indoor records in the 800-meter and 3000-meter events as well as […]

Column: Rethinking A-Rod

I never thought I’d say these words, but here it is; I’m an A-Rod defender. Before I go too far down this road, let me say right up front that I’m no fan of the Yankee third baseman. He’s a cheater and a liar, and worse than that—at least in my Red Sox-crazy mind—he’s a […]