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.

A wealth of surprises

As I often say, the great thing about playoff time is that there is no shortage of wonderful narratives to follow. Unfortunately, some came to an end sooner than I—and our local fans—may have hoped. The last two weeks saw some of the Review’s state playoff hopefuls have their hopes dashed on the gridiron. Woodlands […]

Eastchester Playoff Roundup

Girls Soccer 10/25 Bronxville d. Putnam Valley 5-0 In Class C first-round action, top-seeded Bronxville demolished an overmatched Tiger team 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Caitlin Fryer started off the scoring from Bronxville just 10 minutes into the game and fond the net twice more to lead Bronxville on the day. Mason Warble and […]

Tigers throttle Scarsdale

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Mamaroneck Tigers punched their ticket to the Class AA semifinal round with a dominant road performance against No. 2 seed Scarsdale, beating the Raiders 45-20. Mamaroneck’s first postseason win in the playoff-era now has the team eying an Oct. 31 showdown with John Jay, with a trip […]

Column: The busiest time of the year

For someone who covers high school sports for a living, there is simply nothing quite like playoff time. As my colleagues here at the Review know all too well, this time of year is always a busy one. With election season in full swing, the newsroom is a frenzy of activity. Between coordinating Election Day […]

Black Hats headed to Mahopac

By MIKE SMITH The Rye Neck Panthers punched their ticket to Mahopac with a 15-7 win over Dobbs Ferry in the Class C semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 25. Although the game was closer than Panther fans may have liked, in the end it was another strong defensive effort that kept the Black Hats dreams of […]

Eagles top Sailors

By MIKE SMITH On Saturday, Oct. 25, an Emme DiPasquale goal lifted the No. 7 Eagles to a 1-0 win over Hendrick Hudson in the first round of the Class A girls soccer playoffs. With the win, the Eagles earn the right to advance to a second round matchup with an undefeated Somers team on […]

Huskies tops Somers

By MIKE SMITH On Friday, Oct. 24, the Harrison volleyball team began postseason play with a resounding first-round win over a tough Somers squad, beating the Tuskers 3-1 at Harrison High School. The No. 6 seeded Huskies will look to keep the season alive on Oct. 28 against third-seeded Walter Panas. The Huskies got contributions from […]

Rye beats Bulldogs

By MIKE SMITH A strong first half and a solid defensive effort kept Rye’s title hopes alive on Oct. 25, as the Garnets were able to outlast a tough Beacon squad in the first round of the Class A football playoffs. Rye will be back in action on Nov. 1 when they host Somers in […]

Garnets bow out in first round

By MIKE SMITH After a dominating performance in the Class A outbracket game last week, No. 15 seeded Rye came into an Oct. 25 first round game against No. 2 seeded Lakeland brimming with confidence about an upset. Although the Garnets would fall to the Hornets 2-0, head coach Jared Small believes that the team’s […]

Champs opens new location

By MIKE SMITH On Wednesday, Oct. 22, Champs Boxing Club held an evening gala to celebrate the opening of its new gym location in New Rochelle. The event, which was hosted by the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, was a big step in the right direction for the local boxing club, according to Champs founder […]