J.V. ends season with a win, Gladiators finish perfect in District

Image: Ethan Saxon — Ethan Saxon does his best Jase Holden impersonation.

Gladiators (25-3) end their district schedule with a perfect 10-0 record to finish as undefeated 1A district champions, break the century mark for the first time this season with a 104-40 win over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles and every player on the Gladiator roster scored during the game. Now that’s how to finish a regular season of basketball. Playoffs here we come!

Valentines at Trinity Mission

Image: Party Fixins’ — Cake, cookies and candies make for a good Valentines party.

Valentines and music was the name of the game for the residents at Trinity Mission this Valentines Day. As you walked in the front door wonderful gospel music could be heard along with the residents singing. And you can’t forget the cupcakes and candy for one of the sweetest days of the year.

Italy High School plans TAKS TKO

At Italy High School we are gearing up for our TAKS testing. TAKS TKO will begin this Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 8 am sharp. TKO will last until noon. Door prizes will be awarded and there will be raffles at the end that students can enter based on attendance (cumulative). Please encourage your child to attend if they will be taking a TAKS test this year.

Crownover selected Grand Champion in San Antonio

Image: Dan Crownover, May May and entourage

Italy High School senior, Dan Crownover, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship at the San Antonio Stock Show last Saturday when his heifer, May May, was chosen as Grand Champion over 76 other animals. She beat out 308 heifers and was selected as the Grand Champion at the Ft. Worth Stock Show earlier this year.

Gladiators sweep Itasca, claim District Championship

Image: Jas makes it! — Jasenio Anderson(11) knocks down a 3-pointer with a Wampus Cat in his face.

After a 73-61 win over the Itasca Wampus Cats, The Italy Gladiators (24-3) have already clinched the 1A-1 Region II District 15 District Championship with one game left to play. Currently 9-0 in district play, the Gladiators finished last season as a regional finalist and are poised to take another stab at winning the state championship.

Hoops and Jump Rope for heart

Image: Is it going in?

Wednesday the Stafford Elementary students participated in Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart during their PE classes. Students got donations from family and friends for the American Heart Association and then jumped rope for as long as they could – shot a lot of baskets, all for a good cause.

Game time updates for the IYAA and Italy High School

The IYAA and Hillsboro sports Association will proceed with the Saturday, February 13 games as scheduled. The Italy Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca at 2:00 in Itasca on Saturday as well. The Lady Gladiators will take on Bosqueville in the first round of the playoffs at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m

Beautiful is the snow covered land

Image: How much did we get? — Local Mike South measured the snowfall on Friday morning.  It came to just less than 5".

The snow has really changed things around here. When you turn a corner, Italy appears to be a picture postcard or a living Christmas card. The white snow makes our city take on a new ambiance and a new, clean atmosphere. The snowfall is rare in this area but certainly most welcomed.

Hearts, Flowers and a Little Bit of Texas

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The moon is full, the birds are singing and, besides the fact it is a bit cold outside, your hearts are warm. It soon will be Valentine’s Day-a day for love and twitterpation. What do you have planned for your sweetheart? Dinner, dancing, chocolates or a movie? Texas offers a few things to choose from and Neotrib brings it to you.

IYAA Week 5 – Helping young players reach their goals

Image: David DeLaHoya — David DeLaHoya(32) is the big man in the middle for Italy 30.

Week 5 had it’s share of great shots, nice passes and fancy dribbling. The players really enjoy playing the games and the fans do a great job cheering them on. If you like excitement, stop by George E. Scott Coliseum next Saturday and check out the next generation of incredible athletes.

Italy Teacher Selected as an Outstanding Texas Educator

Image: Vivian Moreland, an “Outstanding Texas Educator”

Vivian Moreland, who teaches English at Italy High School in Italy ISD, was selected as one of ten high school teachers from around the state to receive the 2010 Texas Exes Awards for Outstanding Teachers by The University of Texas at Austin’s alumni association, the Texas Exes.

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Italy Lions Club Broom and Mop sale – A Success

Image: Arvel Gowin and customer — Here is a happy customer supporting the blind.

Friday and Saturday Italy Lions Club members were busy selling their mops and brooms for the blind. Italy citizens came out and as usual were supporting this good cause. Italy ISD, Milford ISD and First Baptist Church of Milford were some of the bigger buyers.

Thank you from the Italy Masonic Hall

The members of the Italy Masonic Hall wants to thank everyone for their support. The “BBQ by the pound” sale that was conducted on Superbowl Sunday was a huge success and could not have been so without the support of the community of Italy and surrounding areas.

IHS Athletic Booster Club meeting tonight

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, February 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Italy High School cafeteria. The athletic scholarship awards will be the primary docket item for the meeting. Anyone and everyone wishing to help the booster club support the athletic programs at Italy High School is welcome to attend.

German Foreign Exchange student is enjoying life in Italy

Image: New friends — Lisa, right, and a friend from IHS, Hailey Pittmon.

The dream of living in America has come true for a German teenager, at least for one school year, in of all places, Italy. Lisa Olschewsky, 16, is attending Italy High School as part of a foreign exchange student program coordinated by the Educational Merit Foundation.

BBQ brisket for Superbowl Sunday

The Italy Masonic Hall will be selling BBQ brisket by the pound on Superbowl Sunday. The BBQ will be sold from 10:00am until gone on Sunday, February 7 at the Masonic Hall located on Main Street. Monies raised through this fundraising event will go to the W.R. Gorman Masonic Scholarship Fund. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Easter egg fun for everyone

The Park Board of Italy met on Tuesday night and discussed the upcoming Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt. As a quorum of board members was not met this meeting was just discussion only. The egg hunt is slated for Saturday, April 3 and the Park Board is calling for volunteers and donations.

IHS Library needs votes!

The Italy High School library is participating in a Microgrant program sponsored by Weekly Reader and an online community, called WeAreTeachers. The 5 recipients of this grant receive $200 to promote “literacy” in their school, as well as a Flip video camera. Recipients are selected through an online voting process.