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B.I. Says Bye-Bye

Friday, October 14, 2011, 10:03 AM
Farewell South Jersey athletes, coaches, parents, fellow writers and others who have made my five years, five months of covering sports full-time in the area a memorable and enriching experience. After today, I no longer will be a staff writer for The Inquirer. It's time for me to move on. I have... Read more

Smith Must Wait to Break Record

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7:25 PM
Florence forward Lexi Smith had been looking forward to breaking the school's single-season scoring record on Wednesday afternoon at home. However, rain led to postponement of the game until Tuesday. Smith has 46 goals, the same number recorded by her aunt and volunteer assistant coach, Dianne Carey-Stranko... Read more

Smith Eyes Florence Record

Saturday, October 8, 2011, 5:33 PM
Florence's Lexi Smith closed the week with 42 goals on the season by scoring 5 goals against Palmyra on Friday and 5 against Gloucester Catholic on Saturday. The school's single-season record is 46, set by assistant coach Dianne Carey-Stranko in 1992. Carey-Stranko is Smith's maternal aunt. Read more

Florences's field hockey firecracker

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 9:19 PM
Florence has a firecracker of a forward and she happens to be the coach's daughter. Lexi Smith, whose mother is head coach Gina Smith, enters her third season as a starter with 87 goals. The junior already has broken the school's career scoring record of 73, set by Melissa Bond in 1995. Now Smith... Read more

Bill Iezzi: More Softball Playoff Picks

Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 5:02 PM
Rancocas Valley, the third seed in Central Group 4, has a better chance of winning the sectional crown than Florence in Central Group 1, even though the Flashes are the No. 1 seed. That's because the No. 2 seed, on the other side of the brackets, is New Egypt, which has defeated Florence twice this... Read more

Bill Iezzi: Softball Brackets

Friday, May 20, 2011, 9:37 AM
The NJSIAA softball brackets have been posted and the top seeds in South Jersey Groups 1 through 4 are as follows: Group 1, Maple Shade, Group 2, Sterling, Group 3, Pinelands, Group 4, Eastern. In Central Jersey only one area team is the top seed: Florence, in Group 1. There are no area top seeds... Read more

Bill Iezzi: Field Hockey Goal Rush

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 3:48 PM
When Florence lost to Pingry, 2-1, in double overtime in the North Jersey Group 2 quarterfinals on Nov. 1, Lexi Smith’s stick was silenced. The Flashes finished the season with a 15-4 record after going 15-1. Smith, a sophomore, leads the area in goals scored with 43. However, on her heels is... Read more

Bill Iezzi: Palmyra's Cannizzaro

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:03 AM
While Palmyra tailback Alonzo Sadler was dazzling everyone with his speed and elusiveness against visiting Florence Friday night, his teammate, Nick Cannizzaro, was quietly helping to put away the Flashes. Cannizzaro, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound wide receiver-defensive back, made a number of key tackles... Read more

Bill Iezzi: Maple Shade Field Hockey Loss

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 9:54 AM
Maple Shade field hockey coach Shayne Gismonde had more to deal with than the normal flow of a game in an 8-3 loss to visiting Florence, Wednesday. Trailing by 2-0 halfway through the first half, Maple Shade center midfielder April Fisher was called for a tripping penalty. While she sat for 5 minutes... Read more

Bill Iezzi: Florence Field Hockey Upset

Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10:08 AM
I turned on my computer this morning and was surprised to see that Rancocas Valley upset Florence, 3-2, Monday. Our Score Service didn't even have the results. They were sent to me by Jeffrey and Gina Smith, parents of Lexi Smith, Florence's top scorer. Gina is also Florence's head coach. RV went... Read more
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