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.

Huskies eye Panas opener

By MIKE SMITH With a first-year head coach and quite a bit to prove, the Harrison Huskies find themselves heading into 2014 playing an unfamiliar role, underdogs. But with a talented group of returners—and a sizeable chip on their shoulders—the Huskies are eager to show they belong with the top teams in Class A. According to […]

Column: Growing up on the field

Regret is sadly just another part of getting older. It’s an oft-repeated lament of those who find themselves—like I do—getting up in years that they wish they knew, in their youths, how special their formative years could truly be. One of the unique aspects of my job is that I get the chance to watch […]

WFAN All-Stars hit home run

On Aug. 13, Flower Park in New Rochelle played host to the third annual WFAN Celebrity Softball Game, hosted by New Rochelle grad and current WFAN radio host Craig Carton. Carton’s team, including his co-host, Jets great Boomer Esiason, former Mets closer John Franco and retired Yankees like Jim Leyritz, Willie Randolph and Cecil Fielder, […]

Cruz remains undefeated

    By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 13, Bryant “Pee Wee” Cruz kept his perfect record intact, winning a majority decision over wild slugger Jose Morales at B.B. Kings in New York City. With the win, Cruz improved to 12-0 in his professional boxing career. Although the fight was one of Cruz’s toughest to date, […]

Mustangs ready for opener

By MIKE SMITH The Monroe Mustangs kicked off their preseason last week, inviting members of the media to catch a glimpse of the local football team before the regular season kicks off in earnest in 2014. Now in just its third year of existence, the Mustangs, led by head coach Terry Karg, have seemingly turned […]

Column: Memories in the making

It’s been a running theme in my column over the years to advise today’s high school athletes to be more appreciative of the journey they’re on while they’re actually on it. Now I know it’s hard. Athletes put a lot of pressure on themselves and, often, it can seem like the goal—winning—is the only thing […]

Column: Fantasy island

As I may have mentioned a time or two in this column, I’m a big fantasy football fan. Over the next few months, the NFL season will consume me and my buddies; turning lifelong relationships into bitter, quarter-year feuds that quite often threaten the very foundation of our friendships. For those who don’t play fantasy […]

Tigers hold Alumni Day

By MIKE SMITH On Aug. 2, scores of former Mamaroneck football players took the field to relive their glory days as the Tigers held their fourth-annual Alumi Day at Mamaroneck High School. Teams comprised of former varsity lettermen competed in a round robin-style touch football competition pitting recent graduates and players from the 1980s and […]

KAOS fifth at nationals

By MIKE SMITH The Total KAOS 16U softball team proved its mettle in Marlyand last week, battling against tough competition at the USSSA national tournament to secure a fifth-place finish, the best-ever showing for KAOS in the vaunted ‘A’ division. The Total KAOS program previously finished second in the “B” division, but, according to head […]

Column: A black eye for the NFL

I’ve got to hand it to the NFL. If they were looking for a way to make Ray Rice not look like the biggest bad guy in this whole mess, they’ve succeeded in a major way. By now, everyone is familiar with the Ray Rice incident. In February, while in an Atlantic City casino with […]