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.

Column: Cup runneth over

I may not be the biggest soccer fan in the world, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get excited whenever the World Cup rolls around. It’s not that I don’t like soccer, because I do, but, like many Americans, I grew up watching the four major sports here and that left little room in my […]

Rye wins at regionals

By MIKE SMITH With a pair of victories this past weekend, the Rye baseball team finds itself just two wins away from a miraculous turnaround, from a six-win team in 2013, to Class A state champions this spring. On June 6 and 7, the Garnets beat Section IX champs Wallkill and Maine-Endwell from Long Island, […]

Panthers head to semis

By MIKE SMITH If Rye Neck fans thought they were watching a team of destiny this year, the Panthers’ play over the last weekend reinforced the idea something special is happening this year. With two wins—over Section IV’s Spackenkill and Long Island champ Mattituck—the Panthers have punched their ticket to the state semis in Binghamton […]

Broncos win states

By MIKE SMITH The Bronxville Broncos have won Section I in each of the past four years, but Sunday marked the first time in program history the Broncos were able to climb to the top of the Class C summit and claim a state title. It wasn’t easy, though, as Bronxville trailed defending champ Cazenovia […]

Column: A good game, spoiled

Sometimes, I really hate my job. I’m not talking about your garden variety, Monday-morning, hit-your-deadlines-type hate here. Everybody feels that from time to time, no matter how engaging they find their place of work. My main gripe with working here is that, as amazing and affirming as sports can be, sometimes you meet people who […]

Panthers nab Class B crown

By MIKE SMITH With just one out to go in the Class B Championship game on May 31, Rye Neck catcher Tom Pipolo called time and trotted out to the mound to speak with Panther hurler Ryan Aquino. But this late-game mound meeting wasn’t about how to pitch to the final North Salem hitter of […]

Garnets take Class A

By MIKE SMITH On May 31, the Rye Garnets won their first section title in 30 years with a thrilling 6-5 win over Lakeland at Provident Bank Park. For the Garnets, who won just six games in 2013, the victory was not only a measure of how talented the ball club is, but also how […]

Tigers fall in finals

By MIKE SMITH Any loss in a title game is a hard one to take, but Haldane’s 7-3 win over Tuckahoe on May 31 was an especially tough pill to swallow for Tiger fans, as a lack of offensive production coupled with some questionable officiating combined to end a promising season on a sour note. […]

Tigers fall short on prom night

By MIKE SMITH When the Tuckahoe-Bronxville softball team escaped with an 8-7 win over Yonkers-Monetssori on May 27, it was a bittersweet moment for Tiger coach John McGrath. His team had just pulled off a first-round playoff win, but the skipper knew his squad’s season was effectively over at that point. With a semifinal-round mat-chup […]

Rye Neck falls in finals

On May 31, Rye Neck’s stellar softball season came to a close at North Rockland High School as the top-seeded Panthers fell to a powerful Valhalla squad 8-0 in the Class C championship game. The Panthers fell behind in the second inning when Valhalla plated its first run of the day, but Rye Neck suffered […]