Lady Gladiator Volleyball Honors for the 2015 season

Attached are the District honors for the Lady Gladiator 2015 Volleyball season. These honors are not just for the sport but also for academics, I’m so proud of each and everyone of these young ladies. Please feel free to share the girls achievements with all. They worked hard and we appreciate all their hard work and dedication.

Local Equestrians Ride to Victory

Image: Sadie Hinz and Plaudits Handsome Lad won Champion Hunter Hack and Champion English Rider, Reserve Champion Western Rider and Reserve Champion Pony at Halter.

Local equestrians earned top honors in the Ellis County Equine Association Buckle Series horse shows. They were recently honored with buckles, bracelets and bridles for their achievements at the year-end awards banquet held at the J Bar C Cowboy Church in Palmer.

Gladiator Athletic Booster Club meeting planned for Monday, November 9


Gladiator Athletic Booster Club is inviting all supporters of the program to attend a meeting Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:30pm in IHS Library. We will be discussing the concession stand for basketball and the Fall banquet we will be having this year for our Fall athletes. Please come in through front door. Hope to see everyone there.

Italy Gladiator Football schedule change (again)

The Italy Junior High football game is rescheduled for this evening at 6:30pm.
The JV will play Hillsboro immediately following the JH game here in Italy. These changes are being made to make sure we could get the games in prior to the expected rain tomorrow. The games are in Italy.
EDITORS NOTE: Updated 11/4/15 1:10pm

Fan Bus for Italy High School Students


There will be a fan bus for Italy High School students who would like to attend the football game in Hubbard Friday. The bus will leave the football field at 6 on Friday. Permission slips will go home with high school students Tuesday and must be returned, to Mrs. Ballard, by the close of business on Wednesday. Students should pay close attention to the weather for Friday and dress appropriately.

Lady Gladiator Volleyball Senior Night October 13, 2015


The Senior Lady Gladiator volleyball players will be congratulated on a job well done in volleyball throughout their years in high school on October 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM in the dome for senior night. Let’s pack the dome to make this a special night for the seniors! Afterward, please stay to yell for the Lady Gladiators as they defeat Garland-Alpha! We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Gladiator Athletic Booster Club Meeting set for Wednesday, September 23

The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club has called a meeting for Wednesday September 23, 2015 at 7pm in HS Library. We will be discussing solutions to improve the program to make us even stronger. If you have any ideas or comments please feel free to join us. The Athletic Booster Club is always looking for volunteers to help make this club successful.

Gladiator Booster Club’s Fall Sports Program Personal Ad Order Form


Here is your chance to purchase a personal ad for your son or daughter in the 2015 Fall Sports Program. This is a great opportunity for you to say a “good luck and farewell” in the program you can keep for years to come – at a completely reasonable price. Re- member these memories last forever! In addition to supporting a great school and sports program, your son or daughter will be thrilled to see the personal recognition.

Academic Achievement Trophies awarded to Italy ISD Students

Image: Nick Sam, attends Italy ISD and has earned his first, 3 foot trophy after earning two 4 foot trophies in the past years.
Pictured is Master Charles Kight, chief instructor of the Hillsboro TKD school, Nick and Grand Master Park co-founder of Unified TKD.

Academic Achievement Awards were awarded at the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School at the June grading. For the past 19 years the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School located at 125 W. Elm Hillsboro, Texas has awarded many students, who are excelled in both martial arts as well as academics with a 3 and 4 foot trophy.

IYAA Football Signups being held thru Saturday, August 15

Image: The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) is currently holding its 2015 Football and Cheerleading Signups. In person signups will be on Saturday, August 8, from10:00 a.m. to 12:.00 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both signup days will be at the Upchurch Ballpark in Italy.

The IYAA (Italy Youth Athletic Association) is currently holding its 2015 Football and Cheerleading Signups. In person signups will be on Saturday, August 8, from10:00 a.m. to 12:.00 p.m. and again on Saturday, August 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Both signup days will be at the Upchurch Ballpark in Italy.

Italy Football Camp and Volleyball Camp


Coach Weaver would like to remind the community that we still have two camps to take advantage of during the summer. Football Camp is NEXT WEEK, and Volleyball Camp will be the week following. Softball Camp will be during Spring Break this year. It is not too late to sign up! Walk-ups are welcome, and we will take all paperwork and payments on first day of camp.

Go Fund Me: Italy Spirit Flags


A few of us Gladiator Boosters would like to solicit donations to purchase spirit flags to run out onto the field with the players at the beginning of games, at halftime, and after touchdowns! I have gotten a quote from a reputable flag company and it looks like we will need roughly $1000.00 to purchase 3 -5′ × 7′ Flags ( I H S). Other options are available as well. Any and all help will be vastly appreciated. Donations can be made in person and checks can be made payable to The Gladiator Athletic Booster Club

Hinz wins State 4H Round Up


Hunter Hinz, age 13 and student at Italy Junior High, won first place on June 9, 2015, at the Texas State 4-H Round Up in the Intermediate Compound Aided division of the invitational archery contest. Over 4,000 4-Her’s gathered at Texas A&M University to compete in various qualifying and invitational contests for a wide variety of 4-H projects. This was the inaugural year for Texas 4-H to host an archery competition at State 4-H Round Up.

Gladiator Rising Star Kortnei Johnson


On May 16, 2015, Kortnei Johnson made the Gladiator Nation proud by dominating at the 2015 Track and Field State Championship in Austin. In order to fully appreciate her road to success, however, one must trace her journey back.

The Meet of Champions

Image: Kortnei Johnson—1st Place!

UIL Girls 2A state track meet’s seven time gold medalist Ms. Kortnei Johnson will have two final races as a Lady Gladiator on Saturday, May 23, 2015, 6:00 p.m at Clyde Hart Stadium, Waco, Texas