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: An Opening Day holiday

This past Monday was as just about as close as a sports fan can come to Nirvana. Wall-to-wall Opening Day baseball, an exciting NCAA championship basketball game and a thrilling overtime win for the surging New York Rangers. It doesn’t get much better than that. Heck, any one of these things, on its own, makes […]

Garnets fall in opener

By MIKE SMITH After a preseason that was impacted by bad weather, the Rye Garnets finally opened up their 2015 schedule on March 31, taking on a powerful Fordham Prep team at home. Although the Rams came away with a 6-5 win over the Garnets, Rye’s coaching staff is still confident that the season will […]

Huskies start hot

By MIKE SMITH Through the first three games of the 2015 season, Harrison’s lacrosse team is continuing to show signs of improvement. With a 7-6 win over Irvington on March 28, the Huskies find themselves undefeated as they ready a young, but talented, group for league play.  With the score tied late in the fourth […]

Huskies open with win

By MIKE SMITH Under first-year head coach Caitlin Rooney, the Harrison girls lacrosse team has gotten off to a fine start, soaring in its season opener on March 26 with a 9-5 win over Nanuet.  Freshman Brianna Losito’s three-goal, two-assist effort led the way for Harrison, who also got solid performances from Maddy Specht, who […]

Tigers fall to Broncos

By MIKE SMITH On March 26, two of the preeminent lacrosse programs in the section kicked off the 2015 season against one another when the Mamaroneck Tigers took on reigning Class C champion Bronxville in the spring opener for both teams. Despite a competitive start to the game for the Tigers, it wasn’t long before […]

Broncos start fast

By MIKE SMITH If Bronxville ended last season on a hot streak, it would appear that they haven’t cooled off a bit in 2015. On March 31, the reigning Class C state champions won their second game of the season, overpowering Briarcliff 18-2 to improve to 2-0 on the year.  Although the Broncos graduated an […]

Whitted out as Knicks coach

On March 30, The Westchester Knicks, the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, announced today that head coach Kevin Whitted has been relieved of his duties. “Our focus remains on developing players and preparing them for the next step in their careers,” Westchester Knicks General Manager Allan Houston said. “The support […]

Column: A descent into madness

Well, it happened again. My bracket is an absolute mess. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this wasn’t going to be my year. By the end of day two of the tournament, I’d lost eight teams in my field of 32. Two days later, my entire West Region was in shambles. Given […]

Panthers gear up for 2015

By MIKE SMITH After falling one game short of a section crown in 2014, the Rye Neck Panthers are gearing up this spring with one thought on their mind: winning the Class B title. With a huge crop of returning players this year, Rye Neck’s goals, while lofty, are certainly attainable.  The Panthers return all […]

New Ro set for 2015

By MIKE SMITH Over the last few seasons, New Rochelle’s baseball program has been firmly entrenched as one of the tops in Section I, a feat they will look to continue this year.  With 11 seniors and a talented group of youngsters on the team, big things could be in store for the Huguenots this […]