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: World Series needs change

I hope you will forgive me for the dated, early-2000s reference, but I have to say it: the Little League World Series has jumped the shark. For years, I’ve been an ardent supporter of the entire tournament, including the ESPN-televised portion of it, but this year certainly highlighted some of the problems the LLWS needs […]

Tigers set to defend crown

By MIKE SMITH After staking its claim to the state title last year, the Mamaroneck field hockey team comes into the fall season with a sizeable target on its back—and the talent, it would appear, to take  on all-comers. Last season, the Tigers established themselves as one of the best teams in the nation. This […]

Eagles eye 2015 success

By MIKE SMITH After a season in which they scored a first-round playoff win, the Eastchester Eagles are looking to reach the postseason again as they gear up for 2015. With many position battles still to be decided, however, Eastchester hopes to use the next few weeks to solidify its roster for the upcoming campaign.  […]

Westchester hosts concussion conference

By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 20, area parents, coaches and players gathered at the Westchester County Center for the Safer Sports Conference on Concussions, a series of talks designed to raise awareness about the causes and effects of sports-related head injuries.  More than 200 people turned out to hear medical experts give their take on […]

Column: Feelin’ old and tired

Over the last few years in my column, I’ve written countless pieces about the ability that rejuvenating power sports has and about the power of athletic competition to make anyone feel young again. But man, oh man, do I feel old today. As you, dear reader, are no doubt aware, I’ve spent the last nine […]

Lake Isle takes county title

By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 6, the Lake Isle Swim and Dive team took the title at the 90th annual Westchester County Swim Championships, holding off a late charge by Wykagyl Country Club to outpoint the second place finisher 301-253. The victory—Lake Isle’s first since 2012—may also mark the end of the long-running swim meet, […]

Column: Legends of the fall

I’m sure the 14-year-old me would cringe if he heard me admit it, but I have to say, I can’t wait for the school year to start up again. I love summer, I always have. When I was a kid, summer always meant no homework, no responsibilities and long, lazy days playing endless games of […]

New Ro team heads to states

By MIKE SMITH On July 30, the New Rochelle 10u baseball team’s season came to an end with a tough loss to Guilderland in Rochester, N.Y. Despite the defeat, however, the summer was a magical one for the New Rochelle youths, who went undefeated in district and sectional play to reach the New York State […]

Teams hit gridiron at New Ro

By MIKE SMITH For many area football teams, the final day of New Rochelle’s Champions Camp serves as one of the last chances to suit up and step on the field before two-a-days. July 31 was no different, as a number of squads, including New Rochelle, Harrison and Eastchester, competed in full-team scrimmages on McKenna […]

Swimmers shine at Playland

By Mike Smith On Aug. 3, local swimmers hit the pool at Rye Playland as they competed in the first day of the swimming competition at the Westchester County Swim Championships. Although the competition will officially end on Aug. 6, after press time, the swim team from Lake Isle holds a substantial lead in the […]