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.

Winter cheer

Last weekend, the winter sports season kicked off with a few hockey games around Section I. And after taking quite a few of them in, I have to say that nothing rekindles memories of being a high school sports fan quite like the winter time for me. To be fair, I didn’t have that much […]

First responders hit gridiron

On Nov. 29, Eastchester’s first responders took to the gridiron to compete in the 9th annual Mickey Spillane’s Turkey Bowl. The annual showdown between the police and fire departments was once again carried by Eastchester’s finest, who came away with a 25-12 win over the bravest this year. It would take a late surge, by […]

Titans take two in tourney

By MIKE SMITH The Rye Town-Harrison Titans kicked off the hockey season this past weekend, with three games in the annual Guy Matthews Tournament in White Plains. With two wins in the span of three days, the Titans are off to a quick start as they look to make waves in Section I this year. […]

Mamaroneck Report Roundup

Boys Basketball 12/1 Pleasantville d. Rye Neck 61-31 The Panthers fell big in their season opener as a barrage of Pleasantville three-pointers sunk them early on Monday afternoon. Pleasantville hit 11 shots from beyond the arc against Rye Neck, jumping out to 23-0 first quarter lead before the home team was able to fight back […]

Young Huguenots hit ice

By MIKE SMITH On Dec. 1, the New Rochelle ice hockey team opened the season against the reigning section champs from Scarsdale at the Murray’s Ice Rink in Yonkers. Although the Huguenots fell 7-0 to a seasoned Raiders squad, head coach C.J. Tozzo is adamant that big things are on the horizon for his young […]

Keeping the beat

t’s no secret that the world of professional boxing has its share of characters. In fact, one of my chief inspirations for breaking into the world of sports writing came from reading stories by great boxing scribes of yesteryear, writers like A.J. Liebling, whose narratives wove a veritable tapestry of colorful individuals tied together by […]

Cruz wins UBF title

By MIKE SMITH Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz got a taste of gold on Nov. 21 when he nabbed his first professional title with a second round TKO over Engelberto Valenzuela at Resorts World Casino in Queens. After 13 straight wins to begin his pro career, Cruz is hoping that his latest victory will vault him […]

Huskies cheer at counties

By MIKE SMITH On Nov. 18, the Harrison cheerleading squad kicked off the cheer season by competing in the 66th annual Westchester County Center Cheerleading Competition at the County Center. Although the team didn’t come away with a trophy last week, head coach Rosa Acocella said that the prospects are bright for the Huskies this […]

Sports aids healing process

By MIKE SMITH The Harrison athletic community banded together last week to support two families devastated by recent tragedy. With a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Nov. 13 and charity soccer game the following day, Harrison High School students helped to reaffirm the healing power of sports and its ability to bring people together in times […]

Tigers win state title

By MIKE SMITH One year ago, a highly touted Mamaroneck team squared off against Sachem East in the state quarterfinals, falling to the Flaming Arrows in a 3-2 heartbreaker. On Nov. 16, the Tigers got their revenge, routing Sachem 5-0 to win the Class A State Championship. Since the playoffs started in early November, Mamaroneck […]