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.

New Ro sends 10 to sectionals

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 8, Harrison High School played host to one leg of the sectional wrestling qualifiers with grapplers from nine area high schools looking to earn their ticket to Arlington High School for next week’s tournament. When the dust settled, no team qualified more wrestlers than visiting New Rochelle, which will send […]

Sectional breakdown

Girls Class A Under first year head coach Ray Franklin, the 15-seed Eagles secured home court–at least for a play-in round game–when they host 18-seed Nanuet on Feb. 13. Both Nanuet and the Eagles have played well since the turn of 2014, as the Eagles have picked up some big wins, including a victory over […]

Tigers take first at final meet

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 2, Mamaroneck’s cheer season came to a close on a high note, as the Tigers took first place at the St. Catherine’s competition at Salesian High School. With five trophies on the year, the Tigers acquitted themselves well at meets all over the tri-state area this winter. This winter, the […]

Rubio, Hemida win at divisionals

At the sectional qualifying tournament held at Pearl River on Feb. 8, the Mamaroneck wrestling squad was able to score a number of decisive wins to send four Tiger grapplers to the biggest stage in Section I this coming weekend. Led by a pair of heavyweights who dominated their brackets, the Tigers qualified seven wrestlers […]

Mat club hosts sectionals

While Harrison’s varsity wrestlers were doing their best to qualify for sectionals this past weekend, the future of the Huskies’ program was also in action, as the Harrison Mat Club hosted 40 teams from around the area to compete in the Youth Wrestling Section 1 Tournament, which took place on Feb. 9 at Harrison High […]

Column: A super dreary day

Well that was certainly a bust. On Feb. 2, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos squared-off in Super Bowl XLVIII, in a long-awaited match-up that pit the two pre-season favorites against each other with the Lombardi Trophy hanging in the balance. It was Peyton and the Broncos’ historically good offense against a vaunted Seattle […]

Garnets eye playoffs

By MIKE SMITH Over the last several years, Section I hockey’s Division 2 postseason picture has usually been a two-team race, with perennial powers Pelham and Rye dominating the landscape. As this year’s postseason looms, though, a number of worthy challengers have risen to the forefront. As Rye looks to close out its season on […]

Huskies claim county title

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 1, Harrison’s boys track team was able to put a nice cap on a terrific season as the Huskies took first place at the Westchester County Championship meet at the Armory in New York City. The county win, a first in school history, proved to be yet another milestone reached […]

Tigers eye postseason

By MIKE SMITH Just a few weeks ago, Mamaroneck hockey coach Mike Chiapparelli was waiting for his young team to turn the corner offensively in order to pose a credible threat in the Division 1 playoffs. Now, after a handful of solid games, it looks as though the Tigers are right where they want to […]

Cruz returns to the ring

By MIKE SMITH In the first round of his Dec. 4, fight against Joshua Arocho, Byrant “Pee Wee” Cruz found himself in an unfamiliar situation. Caught by a sneaky left hook, the Port Chester lightweight was on the canvas for the first time in his professional career. His ankle, which buckled underneath him on his […]