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.

Garnets take rivalry game

By MIKE SMITH Unlike past seasons, Harrison won’t have an entire year to think about avenging their loss to rival Rye. Instead, they’re just going to do it again this week. On Oct. 10, the favorite Garnets bested the Huskies in the 85th installment of “The Game,” beating Harrison 28-14 in a hard-fought contest that […]

Athlete of the week: Fusine Govaert

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Although she is only a junior, Fusine Govaert is already considered one of the top field hockey players in Section I and one of the best ever to come out of Rye High School. With her lightning-fast hands and superior stick skills, Govaert has been consistently putting the ball in the net […]

Athlete of the week: Isabelle Hentschel

By LIAM BRENNAN After coming back strong from two ACL injuries early in her high school career, senior Isabelle Hentschel, co-captain of the girls soccer team, has earned Athlete of the Week honors. Adept in her position as a defensive center midfielder, Hentschel’s strong leadership helped secure wins against two of Rye’s biggest rivals: Eastchester […]

New Rochelle Roundup

Football Class AA qualifying round preview 10/16, 7 p.m. No. 16 Ossining (3-3) at No. 1 New Rochelle (6-0) New Rochelle’s offense may have taken a while to find its stride this year, but there is little doubt that the Huguenots were the best regular season team in all of Section I. The Huguenots put the finishing touches on an […]

Mamaroneck Roundup

      Class AA Football qualifying round preview 10/16, 7 p.m. No. 12 Mamaroneck (0-6) at No. 5 Carmel (5-10) If one were to simply take the teams’ regular seasons record into account, it would seem as though the Tigers have wouldn’t have much of a of a chance in Friday’s playoff game against […]

Broncos gear up for postseason

By MIKE SMITH As Bronxville gets ready to play out the final stretch of the regular season, they appear to be firing on all cylinders. After a convincing 4-2 win over Class A North Rockland on Oct. 10, the Broncos are hitting their stride as the Class C playoffs loom. Lilly Grass and Mia Bettino […]

Section I football playoff preview

Class B qualifying round Oct. 17, 2:30 p.m. No. 11 Valhalla (6-0) at No. 6 Bronxville (3-3) As a result of the new seeding format, the undefeated Vikings will have to travel to Bronxville on Saturday to take on the .500 Broncos in the opening round of the Class B playoffs. Although the game should be a […]

Column: Defending the format

While there has been no small amount of handwringing over the new format of the Section I football playoffs this year, just one look at the schedule for the first-ever qualifying round of the postseason has me very excited for the days ahead. Not everyone was crazy about the new, expanded playoff format. But while […]

Game at a glance

Offense Coming into the season, many people wondered how the Garnets’ offense would fare after losing a heap of key seniors to graduation. And through five games, they’ve proven that they are still one of the most explosive teams in the section. The Garnets have gotten good play from both TJ Lavelle and Mat Bruno […]

No use in predictions

By MIKE SMITH There’s an old adage in sports that says when it comes to rivalry games, you can throw a team’s record right out of the window. While it might not always ring true, there is a certain wisdom to it. On Oct. 10, the Harrison Huskies head into their annual showdown with Rye, […]