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; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Column: Waiting till August

Unlike most high school students—and nearly every teacher I know—the end of the school year isn’t a time of celebration for me. While I certainly love the summer months—the freedom, the weather—the passing of each school year is bittersweet for me, as I look back and begin to process some of the great moments of […]

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 […]

Tigers win regionals

By MIKE SMITH On June 5, the Mamaroneck Tigers punched their ticket to the state semifinals with a 5-0 win over Section IV Horseheads at John Jay High School, using the same formula that has gotten them to this point: trust in the pitching staff, defense and in the man calling the shots.  Ace Kumar […]

Tigers fall in regionals

By MIKE SMITH On June 5, Tuckahoe’s bid for a state title came to an end with the Tigers’ 8-5 loss to Southold in the Class D regional finals at Mamaroneck High School. Although the Tigers were able to win their first contest in the state title tournament, a number of errors on Saturday conspired […]

Huskies eager for 2016

By MIKE SMITH A playoff loss to rival Rye may have ended Harrison’s baseball season a few weeks ago, but as Huskies’ coach Marco DiRuocco looks back on the 2015 season, he believes that Harrison has plenty to look forward to in the future. With a solid group of returning players—a core that has now […]

Column: The sport of kings?

My apologies to anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of horseracing, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t give a fig about the sport. On Saturday, after American Pharaoh became the first horse since 1978 to win the coveted Triple Crown, the sports world was abuzz with news about the thoroughbred. Clearly, we […]

Garnets fall short in finals

By MIKE SMITH On May 30, Rye’s quest to defend its section title came to an end, as the Garnets fell 4-3 to Byram Hills at Provident Bank Park in the Class A championship game. Although the Garnets had some chances early, they were ultimately doomed by miscues in the field and an impressive performance […]

Huguenots fall in playoffs

New Rochelle’s softball and baseball teams both reached the postseason this spring, only to see their hopes of playoff glory eventually dashed by higher seeds. The Huguenots’ baseball team got off to a good start in the postseason on May 21, scoring a big upset over No. 6 seed Clarkstown South thanks to a six-run […]

Panthers nab Class B crown

  By MIKE SMITH The last time Rye Neck squared off against Valhalla on the softball diamond, the Panthers had little to show for their time, falling 18-1 to the defending Class B champs. On May 30, the Panthers rewrote the script, downing the Vikings 8-2 to win their first section championship since 2002, erasing […]

Tigers take section crown

By MIKE SMITH Despite throwing nearly 200 pitches in the span of the week, Mamaroneck senior Kumar Nambiar knew in the back of his mind that he might have to take the mound in the Class AA championship game at Provident Bank Park on May 30. But after Mamaroneck jumped out to an 8-0 lead […]