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.

Rye Athlete of the week: Roger Paganelli

By LAUREN DEMPSEY Protecting the goal in lacrosse like he protected the quarterback in football, senior goalie Roger Paganelli sacrificed every part of his body to lead the Garnets into the sectional playoffs. After battling his way back from a devastating injury that he suffered in the 2014 section final game, he has become a […]

Huguenots ready for sectionals

By MIKE SMITH On May 19, New Rochelle’s baseball and softball teams learned of their postseason fates when sectional seedings were announced. Both Huguenots’ squads came away with No. 11 seeds and will be in action on May 21, after press time.  The New Rochelle softball team finished the regular season with a 10-10 record […]

Column: The big game atmosphere

It may surprise you, but I’m not a very social person. Given the choice, I’d take a quiet night in over a raging party almost any night of the week. As I’ve established in this column, I’m also pretty superstitious when it comes to my sports teams. But against my better judgment last week, I […]

Huskies take leagues

By Mike Smith On May 1, the Harrison boys and girls both won the spring track league championships with an impressive showing at Rockland Community College. Harrison’s girls dominated the competition, wracking up 280 points to second place Byram Hills’ 107, while the boys side netted 171.2 points to give them a 20 point cushion […]

Tigers heating up

By MIKE SMITH It may have taken a while, but it looks like Mamaroneck’s softball team is beginning to hit its stride. With the playoffs looming, the timing couldn’t be better.  On May 11, the Tigers clawed back from an early deficit to beat league foe Scarsdale 8-6 on the road, thanks to a four-run […]

Broncos eye Unicorns

By MIKE SMITH Although it closed out the regular season with a 10-3 loss to Fordham Prep on May 9, it would seem as though the Bronxville lacrosse team is coming into the Class C playoffs poised to make a deep postseason run this year. With an experienced core of talented players, the Broncos hopes […]

Garnets enter postseason

    By MIKE SMITH After a long regular season campaign, Rye’s lacrosse teams are set for postseason play this week, as both Garnet teams are primed for the lacrosse playoffs that kick off on May 14. After an 11-5 season, the boys team earned a No. 3 seed in the Class B playoffs and […]

Rye Athlete of the week: Johnny Emanuel

By LAUREN DEMPSEY With his unconditional commitment to his tennis team and devout love of the game, Johnny Emanuel has earned Athlete of the Week honors. The Ivy League-bound senior is a captain alongside Andrew Emanuel, no relation, and serves as a leader to the younger players with his knowledge of the game and experience. […]

Column: Deflate-great!

“More probable than not.” In the grand scheme of things—or in a court of law—those four words aren’t too damning. But as they relate to Tom Brady’s part in “Deflategate,” they’re more than powerful enough to ensure that the golden boy gets his just deserts. Last week, an NFL-sponsored report into the Patriots’ ball-deflating scandal […]

Huguenots top Tigers

By MIKE SMITH With a gritty win over Mamaroneck on May 1, it seems that things may be turning around for New Rochelle’s baseball team as the season heads into the home stretch. At 5-7 on the season, the Huguenots appear to be playing their best baseball of the season as they head into a […]