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 sports@hometwn.com; follow him on Twitter @LiveMike_Sports.

Heffernan hits milestone

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 6, Eastchester senior Olivia Heffernan might just have hit the biggest free throw of her basketball career. Late in the fourth quarter of a game against Pelham, Heffernan stepped to the foul line and drained the bucket, scoring her 1,000thcareer point.  The achievement overshadowed the game, which the Eagles won […]

Titans fall late

  By MIKE SMITH After a back-and-forth game between two local teams, it was a last-second breakaway goal that proved the difference giving New Rochelle a 5-4 win over the Rye Town/Harrison Titans.  With just five seconds to go in the third period of a tie game on Feb. 7, Huguenot standout forward Kenny McLean […]

Golden Dozen honors stars

By MIKE SMITH On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Westchester chapter of the National Football Foundation honored some of the area’s brightest stars at the annual Golden Dozen Awards banquet held at the Westchester Country Club in Rye.  A number of local stars were named to this year’s team, including Rye’s Andrew Livingston and Tim DeGraw, […]

Huskies fall to Garnets

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 3, a late-season game between bitter rivals showcased the best of what both Harrison and Rye’s girls basketball teams have been capable of this year. Although the Garnets escaped a back-and-forth game with a 49-40 win over the Huskies, it would appear that both teams are hitting their strides as […]

Column: A Super blunder

Like a lot of American sports fans, I’ve got some questions that need answering after last Sunday. Questions like “What marketing genius thought that Nationwide commercial was a good idea,” or “Was the Pepsi halftime show real, or just a scary fever dream?” But the biggest question of all is the most obvious; what the […]

County crowns champs

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 25, the top wrestlers in the area took to Yonkers High School to compete in the first-ever Westchester County Championship. Although John Jay walked away with the overall team title, placing 11 wrestlers in the top six, the event served as a showcase for Westchester’s top grapplers. According to Harrison […]

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Defunct Elk’s Lodge auctioned off

By Alina Suriel For the first time in more than 10 years, the long abandoned Elk’s Lodge clubhouse of Washingtonville finally has an owner. The two-story building, located at 46 Madison St., was sold in an auction on Jan. 9 after a buildup of back taxes led to its foreclosure, following years of blight and […]

Huskies win Tiger Tourney

By MIKE SMITH On Jan. 17, the Harrison Huskies won the 18th annual Tiger Tourney at Mamaroneck High School with a 44-38 win over the hosts in the championship game. Though their performance in the finals might not have been their best of the year, it did showcase the Huskies’ greatest strengths including hustle and […]

Column: Drowning out the noise

Every sports fan base, like every community, has a certain stereotype attached to it. Conventional wisdom says Raiders fans are rowdy, Mets fans are filled with a certain amount of self-loathing and those who root for the Yankees and Patriots, more often than not, are smug and self-satisfied in their teams’ success on the field. […]