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.

Tigers win first round game

By MIKE SMITH It’s not every year that Mamaroneck’s basketball team finds itself headed to the second round of the playoffs. In fact, coming into 2015, it had been 38 years since they had advanced past the first round.  But on Feb. 12, a gritty Tiger team was able to find a way to beat […]

Huskies fall to Dutchmen

By Mike Smith In front of a packed house at Harrison High School on Tuesday, the No. 4 seed Huskies battled valiantly to keep its season alive against No. 5 seed Tappan Zee in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs. But a furious Harrison comeback in the third quarter proved moot, as the Dutchmen’s […]

Huskies girls win section

By MIKE SMITH Given the success of Harrison’s girls track team over the last decade or so, it might be surprising to hear that the team has gone 28 years without claiming a sectional title. That all changed last week, as Harrison’s girls bested a deep class—and perennial champs Pearl River to claim their first-ever […]

Huskies fall in quarterfinals

By Mike Smith Harrison’s high seed and home-court advantage wasn’t enough to stop a red-hot Tappan Zee team on Feb. 18, as the surging Dutchmen earned yet another upset victory in the Class A tournament, beating the Huskies 49-40 to advance to the sectional semifinals. Showcasing deadly marksmanship from beyond the arc and a commitment to […]

Hemida repeats at 220

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 15, Mamaroneck senior Youssif Hemida added another section title to his already crowded trophy case, claiming the 220-pound championship with a 5-2 win against Horace Greeley’s Brock Cvijanovich at Clarkstown South High School. Hemida, who claimed last year’s title after a neck injury cost him most of the regular season, […]

Crowley takes section

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 15, Eastchester junior Nunzio Crowley brought home a Section I wrestling title, winning the 170-pound bracket at Clarkstown South High School to cap off a terrific run through the rest of the area’s top wrestlers this winter.  Crowley blanked John Jay’s Evan Frank in the finals, beating the Indians’ standout […]

Rye headed to semis

Another year means another trip to the Westchester County Center for the Rye girls basketball team. On Feb. 17, the Garnets bested Pearl River 54-42 to advance to the Class A semifinals for the second straight year. With the win, they have earned the right to take on Peekskill on Feb. 26 for the chance […]

Garnets fall to Huskies

By MIKE SMITH On Feb. 12, Rye’s basketball season came to an end with a 63-48 loss to rival Harrison in the opening round of the Class A sectional playoffs. But although the Garnets might be done for the winter, their play late in the season gives fans hope for the future of the program.  […]

Column: Saturday night special

When I was eight years old, I was convinced of two things: first, that I was going to pitch in the major leagues, and second, that I was going to spend my offseasons touring the country as the first-ever professional athlete/stand-up-comedian. Neither one of these dreams may have come to pass, but I still love […]

Column: A long winter

It’s officially here, people; the worst time of the year for sports fans. I don’t mean it’s a bad time for fans of Section I athletics. If anything, with sectionals just ramping up, this may be the most exciting time of the winter. But if you cast your gaze out beyond the local scene; there’s […]