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.

Tigers win opener

By MIKE SMITH On Sept. 6, Tuckahoe’s football team took the field looking to put an entire preseason’s worth of distractions in the rear-view mirror in the opening week of the football season. 48 minutes later, the Tigers had their first win of 2014 in the books, routing an over-matched Valhalla squad 34-0. The Tigers’ […]

Column: Ready for kickoff

With Labor Day behind us and a new school year in full swing, it’s officially my favorite time of year, football season. Now, I’ve written about my love for the NFL—and fantasy football—in the past, but as much as I love the pro game, fall just isn’t fall without high school football, in my opinion. […]

Tigers shine at scrimmage

By MIKE SMITH The Mamaroneck Tigers got their first taste of competition on Aug. 30 when they took the field at Bronxville High School as part of a five-way scrimmage involving teams from both Connecticut and New York. As the Tigers prepare for their week-one showdown with R.C. Ketcham, the scrimmage provided one last chance […]

Broncos host scrimmage

By MIKE SMITH The Bronxville Broncos played host to a five-way scrimmage on Aug. 30, inviting a handful of local squads to get some last-minute work in as the regular season opens this weekend. Mamaroneck, Fordham Prep, Hackley and St. Lukes from Connecticut were all on hand for a series of half-field, full-contact competition. According […]

Huskies looking to gel in 2014

By MIKE SMITH In 2013, the Harrison girls soccer team took a while to gel, but came together toward the end of the season to finish with a 9-8-1 record and a second-round playoff appearance under its belt. This year, with a roster full of returning players, the Huskies are poised to build upon last […]

Huguenots prepare for 2014

By MIKE SMITH After a down year in 2013, the New Rochelle Huguenots are looking to bounce back this season with a host of players returning to the pitch. But even with his team gearing up for the regular season, second-year head coach Francesco Notaristefano is working hard on laying the foundation for continued success […]

Tuckahoe High School football coach: We don’t even have mouthpieces

By CHRIS EBERHART and MIKE SMITH Parents and administrators clashed at a crowded Aug. 25 Board of Education meeting in the Tuckahoe High School Library amid claims the school has mishandled preparation for the upcoming football season. Basic equipment like footballs and mouth guards weren’t ordered until the middle of this week, longtime coaches weren’t […]

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 […]