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.

Column: An Amazin’ week

I hate to admit it, but over the last week or so, I fear that I’ve turned into something of a baseball fraud. The unwritten rules of fandom are pretty cut and dry. You get one team; that’s it. That’s the team you live and die with. But with my Red Sox all but buried […]

Tigers hone their skills

By MIKE SMITH The high school preseason will not start until the middle of August, but the Mamaroneck field hockey team is not wasting any time as it gears up to defend its 2014 state title.  This week, roughly 35 Tigers took the field at Flint Park in Larchmont for the annual Tiger World Camp, […]

Divers compete at counties

By MIKE SMITH Local competitors made waves on July 27 as the diving competition for the 10 to 13 age group signaled the kickoff for the 90th annual Westchester County Swimming and Diving Championships. Despite some stiff competition in the girls’ division, Rye Golf Club’s Kathryn Laverty came away in first place at the historic […]

COLUMN: Blast(s) from the past

Maybe I’m just an easy mark, but right now, I can’t get enough of Alex Rodriguez. Prior to the start of the baseball season, I penned a column in which I admitted that, despite my Red Sox fandom—or perhaps because of it—I was rooting for the disgraced Yankees slugger to turn back the clock this […]

Rye summer league grows

By MIKE SMITH In its second year of existence, the Rye Resurrection Basketball League continues to grow, providing local youths the chance to hit the hardwood with their friends twice a week during the dog days of summer.  In its inaugural season in 2014, the league boasted 48 players, aged 14 to 17, on four […]

Itri, Tigers, eye August

By MIKE SMITH In 2013, Tom Itri, then at the helm of the Blind Brook football program, brought his Trojans to Tuckahoe High School to take on the Tigers for their annual homecoming game. The fan turnout, the festive atmosphere and the play of his opponents that day made an impression on the opposing head […]

Column: Teeing off

Amid all the excitement surrounding the PGA Open Championship this past weekend, from the weather delays to Tiger’s drought and the emergence of amateur Paul Dunne, there’s one golf story that may have been overlooked by major media outlets: my return to the links. On Sunday, after nearly a decade away from golf, I once […]

Local teams fall in tourney

Despite a few spirited runs, the quest to reach the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn., is over for many of our area teams, who were eliminated in the 11/12 District 20 Tournament last week. With the remainder of the tournament still to be played, though, the hunt to crown the district champ is […]

Column: Live Mic

My Red Sox might not be lighting the world on fire this year, but you can be sure I tuned into the action when they hosted the Yankees last weekend for a three-game set. Now yes, the Sox had been better as of late, coming into the series just five games behind the Bombers on […]

Tigers host spring session

By MIKE SMITH Although the 2015 football season is still months away from its official start date, this week saw a flurry of activity on the gridiron, as local squads took to the field to get some much-needed work in.  Camps at White Plains, Mamaroneck and 7-on-7 tournaments, like the one hosted by Fordham High […]