IYAA Basketball celebrates Week 8

Image: Team Haight — Team Haight celebrates after their win over Hillsboro Light Pink.

You never know when that one pass, that one drive to the basket or that one shot will make that one special memory for a child. The kind of memory they’ll remember for a lifetime. The IYAA provides local youths the opportunity to create those special moments and make friends they’ll never forget.

IYAA still has open rosters!

Image: IYAA points the way — The IYAA needs more base runners to fill rosters. Let the IYAA point your young athlete in a winning direction.

The IYAA has a handfull of baseball rosters still need players to field a team. Please review the list below to see if you might have a rising star on your hands that is ready to play but thought the roster might be full. Contact Gary Wood directly on his cell: 469-261-9566 and he’ll help you get registered.

Sports Car Club of America Rally

Image: Corvette — This bright orange Corvette participated in the rally.

Saturday, February 28th, there were many sports cars checking in at the Monolithic campus in Italy. The Monolithic Dome Cabin was the checkpoint for the cars in the Roads of Texas sports car rally.

City and School Elections

Potential candidates can still pick up ballot packets for our area’s City and School elections. Although the election date will be Saturday, May 9, deadlines for filing applications to be placed on the ballots are fast approaching.

Italy Lions Club BBQ Cook-off

The Italy Lions Club wishes to thank everyone involved in making our 1st annual BBQ cook-off a success. We wish to extend a special thank you to all of the judges. The weather was not very cooperative but the turnout was great. We hope to make next year’s bigger and better than this year’s.

Italy students fare well in academic competition

Image: IHS Small Schools Teams — Pictured (left to right): Annalee Lyons (sr), Zach Hernandez (jr), Tyler Boyd (sr),   Marjorie Bridge (Coach), Lexie Miller (jr), Courtney Westbrook (jr) and Taylor Benevidez (jr) 
Not Pictured: Jonathon Levy (jr), Cori Jeffords (jr) and Shane Cotter (sr)

For the last several years, Italy High School has been represented by several students in the Small Schools Academic Competition. The name has changed to the Texas Association of Community Schools Academic Competition, but the new name did not make the competition any easier. This year several IHS students fared very well and earned scholarship monies.

Italy Students have success at Junior High UIL competition

Image: 7th & 8th grade Junior High UIL Competition participants

Over forty 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Stafford Elementary and Italy High School traveled to Wortham to participate in the A-plus Academic UIL meet on December 4 & 11. They participated as individuals and teams in events covering a wide variety of topics from math and science to speech and journalism.

Italy stomps Menard for Area Championship

Image: On the road to victory — Dontavius and Diamond, along with the “Spirit Squad,” show Gladiator fans where the team is headed.

The Italy Gladiators buzzed past the 20-10 Menard Yellow Jackets (13A District Champs) by a score of 65-56 to claim the Area Championship making Italy’s record 22-10. Italy rematches arch nemesis, Itasca, for the Regional Quarterfinal crown on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in West.

Lady Gladiators come up short against Rice

Image: Make the stretch Cori! — Cori Jeffords (Junior), at first base, makes the stretch towards the throw.

The Lady Gladiators took to the field Friday night in a non-district game against the Rice Lady Bulldogs. In these two teams’ previous game the Lady Gladiators defeated Rice 5-3. This time…not so much. The final score in this contest was 7-0 in favor of the Lady Bulldogs

Boy Scouts of America in Italy

Image: Pack 227 in Italy — The Boys Scouts in Italy consist mainly of Webelos but are looking for more age groups. The group consists of James Youngblood, Cody Nelson, Andrew Rosbeg, Matt Perry, Damon Merdock, Nicholas Feemster and Cole Meador.  If you are interested in your son joining, contact Gwen Gorman for more information.

Did you know the Boys Scouts of America are in Italy? It’s a small group of young men but strong in spirit. This school year they have sold popcorn, helped area churches with different programs, hosted a canned food drive for the local food pantry and have lots more ideas for the rest of the year.

Angel Food Ministries’ March Menu

Image: Angel Food Ministries March Menu

Angel Food Ministries has released their March Menu. Orders must be made on Tuesday, March 10th, from 9 am until noon in Itasca. Pick up day is Saturday, March 28th, from 9-10 am. You may also order through the Baptist Church in Milford.

Meals on Wheels announces “March For Meals” campaign

Image: Meals on Wheels announces a new campaign for the month of March to kick off the  construction of a new kitchen facility.

Meals-on-Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties is a proud participant of the national 2009 “March For Meals” campaign. Meals-on-Wheels’ “March For Meals” event will include an awareness media campaign of its local services in each community, the national “Mayors For Meals” delivering in their communities on Wednesday, March 19, and a benefit celebration, “A Night Under the Stars” on Saturday, March 28, kicking off the construction campaign of a new regional kitchen facility.

A pretty sky for all to see

Tonight, February 27th if you take a little time to look up at the sky at about sunset you will be able to see a Moon-Venus conjunction. Now, this is not an unusual event but this conjunction will have some unique qualities.

Calling All BBQ-Lovers

Image: Italy Lions Club

Have an appetite for BBQ? Saturday, February 28th will be your lucky day. The Italy Lions Club is having their first BBQ Cook-off, sponsored by the Lone Star BBQ Society.

Final Baseball/Softball Sign-ups, Sat., 28th

Image: The dugout

The IYAA FINAL Baseball/Softball sign-ups are this weekend Saturday, February 28, at the Old Italy Gym between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and also 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Upchurch Field. Italy Lions Club is having their first BBQ Cook-off, sponsored by the Lone Star BBQ Society, in which the IYAA will be participating. Please bring a birth certificate and $65.00 sign-up fee for each player.

Stafford Elementary student awarded $10,000 scholarship

Image: Bailey DeBorde — Bailey won a $10,000 scholarship at the recent San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Even though Bailey DeBorde is only in the 6th grade, she already knows what direction she would like her life to take. She plans to attend Tarleton State University in Stephenville and major in Human Sciences and become a Registered Nurse. The $10,000 scholarship she recently won at the San Antonio Stock Show will help her realize her dreams.

IYAA basketball is reaching goals in Week 7

Image: IYAA is all smiles in Week 7 — IYAA Basketball allows local youth to showcase their talents and be better prepared for the ultimate game called life.

IYAA – It’s that time of the season when all the hard work and practice starts falling into place. Week 7 was about making that first layup in your whole life, finally getting the ball over the front of the rim to make your first free throw ever and that moment you realize you could be pretty good at this game.

Mardi Gras King Cakes

Image: Sharan Farmer Presenting Cake — Sharan Farmer is presenting the King Cake.

Mardi Gras beads, King Cakes and lots and lots of students were all in the library at Italy High School Tuesday morning around 8:45. Everyone was there getting a slice of King Cake hoping to find a plastic baby. If they were lucky enough to find the baby in their slice of cake any library fines the student had would be dismissed.

Sports Car Rally at Monolithic

Image: Monolithic Constructors — This is the place to be to see all the sports cars.

Saturday, February 28, the “Roads of Texas” car rally will be making a stop at Monolithic Constructors in Italy. There will be approximately thirty cars driving up Dome Park Place using the Monolithic’s “Visitors Center” as a check point for the event. They will then be driving through Italy and out along Morgan Road.

Lady Gladiators receive All-District honors in basketball

Image: Becca DeMoss — Becca DeMoss (Sr) – Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-District

Finishing in 3rd place within District 15A, the Lady Gladiators appeared in the playoffs for the 1st time since 2006 becoming Bi-District Finalist for 2009. Although young, the Lady Gladiators basketball team was loaded with talent. Enough talent in fact, that each player was selected to the All-District list. Congratulations to these “Beauties of Brawn” for their accomplishments this season.

A Truffle or a “Cake Bite”?

Image: Stacey Tolliver — Stacey Tolliver showing off her famous “Cake Bites”.

The talent for cooking must run in the Mitchell Family. Doris Mitchell owns Uptown Cafe downtown Italy, her granddaughter Amber Hudson has her own catering business, Lady Ella Catering and now Ricky Whitney’s (Doris’s grandson) sister in law Stacey Tolliver makes her own creation, “Cake Bites.”

The Great Cosmic Coincidence of February 24, 2009

What are the odds? On Tuesday, Feb. 24th, Saturn and Comet Lulin will converge in the constellation Leo only 2 degrees apart. At the same time, Comet Lulin will be making its closest approach to Earth—the comet at its best!— while four of Saturn’s moons transit the disk of the ringed planet in view of backyard telescopes. Oh, and the Moon will be New, providing dark skies for anyone who wishes to see the show.

Varsity Boys regroup against Waxahachie

Image: Senior Dontavius Clemons #5 — Senior Dontavius Clemons #5 has no problem winning the opening tip-off in his last regular season game as an Italy Gladiator. Italy went on to win the contest 68-41 over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles as they prepare for the playoffs.

Seniors Dontavius Clemons, Darrin Moore and Diamond Rodgers helped close the books on another successfull regular season of Italy Gladiators’ basketball. Head Coach Kyle Holley has his squad primed for the playoffs as they play Monday, February 23, for the Bi-District Chamionship in West, Texas.

Agenda: Italy ISD School Board Meeting, February 26, 2009

Image: February 26 Italy School Board Meeting Agenda

The IISD Board will meet Thursday, February 26 in the administration offices at 300 South College, Italy. Poll location, early voting preparation and the agreement of joint city and school board elections will be considered. There will be two, 2-year term board trustee positions up for election. Other items on the agenda include review of 2009-2010 school calendar and contract renewals for Director of Special Programs, Principal(s) and Athletic Director. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

Italy youth receives local DAR award

Image: DAR Luncheon — Left to Right: Vivian Moreland, Tina Richards, Tyler Boyd and Marjorie Bridge

On Sunday, February 8, 2009, the Ellis County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized seniors from each school in Ellis County. Tyler Boyd, son of Ricky and Monica Boyd, is the Italy High School student that was selected as one of the recipients of the award this year.

Lewis Shoots For the Moon

Image: Keland Lewis — Keland Lewis recently graduated cum laude from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston.

One of the newest members of the State Bar of Texas is Italy resident Keland D. Lewis. Nephew of Mayor Frank Jackson and son of Gerald Jackson of Italy and Doretha Jackson of Lancaster, Lewis worked hard to be where he is today with the support and endorsement of his family and friends. Perhaps not the first lawyer hailing from Italy, Texas but certainly a fine representative to watch.

Agenda: Italy EDC Meeting, February 23

Image: Italy EDC Agenda

The next regular meeting of the Italy Economic Development Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 23. Agenda items include a sub-committee review of the EDC bylaws and hiring of an EDC professional. The Italy EDC will meet in the city council chambers behind the police station, next to city hall. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.