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 headed to semis

Another year means another trip to the Westchester County Center for the Rye girls basketball team. On Feb. 17, the Garnets bested Pearl River 54-42 to advance to the Class A semifinals for the second straight year. With the win, they have earned the right to take on Peekskill on Feb. 26 for the chance […]

Garnets fall to Huskies

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 12, Rye’s basketball season came to an end with a 63-48 loss to rival Harrison in the opening round of the Class A sectional playoffs. But although the Garnets might be done for the winter, their play late in the season gives fans hope for the future of the program.  […]

Column: Saturday night special

When I was eight years old, I was convinced of two things: first, that I was going to pitch in the major leagues, and second, that I was going to spend my offseasons touring the country as the first-ever professional athlete/stand-up-comedian. Neither one of these dreams may have come to pass, but I still love […]

Column: A long winter

It’s officially here, people; the worst time of the year for sports fans. I don’t mean it’s a bad time for fans of Section I athletics. If anything, with sectionals just ramping up, this may be the most exciting time of the winter. But if you cast your gaze out beyond the local scene; there’s […]

Heffernan hits milestone

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 6, Eastchester senior Olivia Heffernan might just have hit the biggest free throw of her basketball career. Late in the fourth quarter of a game against Pelham, Heffernan stepped to the foul line and drained the bucket, scoring her 1,000thcareer point.  The achievement overshadowed the game, which the Eagles won […]

Titans fall late

  By MIKE SMITH After a back-and-forth game between two local teams, it was a last-second breakaway goal that proved the difference giving New Rochelle a 5-4 win over the Rye Town/Harrison Titans.  With just five seconds to go in the third period of a tie game on Feb. 7, Huguenot standout forward Kenny McLean […]

Golden Dozen honors stars

By MIKE SMITH On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Westchester chapter of the National Football Foundation honored some of the area’s brightest stars at the annual Golden Dozen Awards banquet held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye.  A number of local stars were named to this year’s team, including Rye’s Andrew Livingston and Tim DeGraw, […]

Huskies fall to Garnets

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 3, a late-season game between bitter rivals showcased the best of what both Harrison and Rye’s girls basketball teams have been capable of this year. Although the Garnets escaped a back-and-forth game with a 49-40 win over the Huskies, it would appear that both teams are hitting their strides as […]

Column: A Super blunder

Like a lot of American sports fans, I’ve got some questions that need answering after last Sunday. Questions like “What marketing genius thought that Nationwide commercial was a good idea,” or “Was the Pepsi halftime show real, or just a scary fever dream?” But the biggest question of all is the most obvious; what the […]

County crowns champs

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 25, the top wrestlers in the area took to Yonkers High School to compete in the first-ever Westchester County Championship. Although John Jay walked away with the overall team title, placing 11 wrestlers in the top six, the event served as a showcase for Westchester’s top grapplers. According to Harrison […]