Lady Gladiator Volleyball schedule change

Image: Halee Turner plays a key role in helping the Lady Gladiators sweep Avalon in district play after Italy defeated the Lady Eagles 3 sets to 1 on Saturday at home in the Coliseum.

The Lady Gladiators and Frost Lady Polar Bears will play on Friday, October 25. This matchup was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 26. Varsity will play at 4:00 with JV immediately following. Make plans to come out to the dome Friday afternoon and support these hard working Lady Gladiators.

Stafford PTO selling Gladiator Spirit Ribbons


The Stafford PTO will be selling spirit ribbons for this weeks game against the Crossroads Bobcats. Ribbons will be sold for $.75. We will be selling ribbons at both the high school campus and at Stafford during Thursday and Friday lunches. For more info please contact Tessa South at 469.285.9854. Go Gladiators!

Hillsboro Tae Kwon Do students test for new belts

Image: Pictured below top row:  Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor, Mario Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Amy Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Garcia-Hillsboro, D’Ann Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, John Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Kathryn Ekness-Hillsboro, Dana Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Jacob Jean-2nd Degree Black Belt-Blum, Kevin Devers-3rd Degree-West, Travis Tinney-Black Belt-Hillsboro,  Isamar Perez-Black Belt-Milford, Ross Gilcrease-Black Belt-Hillsboro, David Jones-Black Belt and Instructor-Malone, and Danny Smith-Black Belt and Sparring Instructor.
Second Row:  Hunter Smith-Black Belt-Whitney, Esteban Ramirez-Hillsboro, William West-Black Belt-Whitney, Alex Lopez-Hillsboro, Jacob Young-Hubbard, Keaton Pustejovsky-Abbott, Clayton Tribble-West, Jacob Divin-West, Jayson Orr-Hillsboro, Maddie Strickling-Whitney, Tanner Marak-West, Rogelio Montes-Hillsboro, Ruben Montes-Hillsboro, Grand Master Park-Las Vegas, Nevada and Master Jeff Wiles-Round Rock.
Third Row:  Caleb Girard-Hillsboro, Michael Russell-Italy, Joaquin Trejo-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Patrick Runyon-Itasca, Brayden Hodges-Hillsboro, Michael Gonzalez-Italy, Katheryn Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Elizabeth Moore-Black Belt-Abbott, J.D. Bennett-Black Belt-Hillsboro, Thomas Drennan-Black Belt-Grandview, Michael Smith-Grandview, and Luis Rodriguez-Hillsboro.
Bottom Row:  Miguel DeLuna-Hillsboro, Miguel Fuentes Jr.-Hillsboro, Xanden Stewart-Hillsboro,  Alejandro Sanchez-Hillsboro, Ryan Riojas-Hillsboro, Roy Gallardo Jr.-Hillsboro, Adam Riojas-Hillsboro, Bailey Armstrong-Waco and Nick Sam-Italy.

On Saturday, September 14th, students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School-125 W Elm-Hillsboro, Texas tested for new belts. This testing included students from Italy and Milford — Nick Sam, Michael Gonzalez, Michael Russell of Italy; Mario Perez and Isamar Perez both of Milford.

IYAA football and cheerleading splits wins with Mildred

Image: The ground trembles as Chance Shaffer(18), Laveranues Green(7) and Darrin Jackson(88) lead the IYAA B-team Gladiators onto the field.

Every year the IYAA says goodbye to its veterans and welcomes in a new group of young Gladiators, but one thing has always remained the same, team spirit never fades and this year’s football players and cheerleaders certainly carried the torch against Mildred on Saturday.

Jon Cady motivates students to engage in learning

Image: Jon Cady brings excitement and enthusiasm to the classroom and the playing field.

Jon Cady is a new math teacher at Italy High School. He is also the new head baseball coach and an assistant football and basketball coach. Prior to coming to Italy, he was a teacher/coach at Mason, Buffalo and Mansfield. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Kinesiology.

Bobby Campbell teaches life lessons to his students

Image: Coach Bobby Campbell teaches his students that they can accomplish their goals through hard work.

Bobby Campbell is enjoying his first year on staff at Italy High School. In addition to teaching technology, health and leadership, he is also an assistant football coach, head power lifting coach and head track coach. Prior to coming to Italy, he was a teacher/coach for five years in Itasca, two years in Fairfield, eight years in McGregor and eight years in Temple.

Morgan Mathews brings expertise and energy to Italy High School

Image: Morgan Mathews brings energy and excitement to Italy High School.

When Morgan Mathews was hired as a teacher and the new Head Volleyball Coach at Italy High School, she brought expertise, energy and excitement with her. She wants her students and athletes to live up to their potential while having fun and working hard. She wants them to do their best and live for the moment because that moment only comes around once.

Italy’s JH/JV Gladiators leave it all out on Willis Field against Sunnyvale

Image: During the 7th Grade grdi-iron clash between Italy and Sunnyvale, Jonathan Salas(22) drags Raider tackles for extra yards.

Italy — The Gladiator 7th grade squad appeared to be on their way to a shutout victory after two touchdown runs by workhorse Jonathan Salas, and a 2-point conversion catch by Chasston Wilson seemed to all but end Sunnyvale’s chances. Italy lead 14-0 with just 2:59 left in the opening game of a triple-header Thursday night at Italy’s historic Willis Field.

Gladiators enjoy center stage during Dale Hansen Classic but Malakoff gets win

Image: Kevin Roldan(60), Bailey Walton(54), Zain Byers(50) and Kyle Fortenberry(66) lead the Gladiators into the second half of play.

Waxahachie — Italy’s AD/HFC Charles Tindol, his staff, the players, the band and flag corp, the cheerleaders, the water boys, the film crew, the Stat Squad girls and the rest of Gladiator Nation settled in this past Friday night inside Waxahachie’s Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 2nd Annual Dale Hansen Football Classic.

Italy Junior High Volleyball Parent Meeting Scheduled

There will be a parent meeting for Italy Junior High Volleyball will be on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm in the dome. This meeting will discuss practice times, expectations of players and give parents the opportunity to ask questions about the upcoming volleyball session.  If you are unable to attend this meeting please contact one of the coaches so that we may get you the information needed.

Lady Gladiator Volleyball to compete in tournaments hosted in Blooming Grove

Image: Updated varsity bracket. Shows game times for Saturday.

Lady Gladiator Volleyball (varsity, JV as well as a freshman squad) will travel to Blooming Grove to participate in tournaments over the next two weekends. The varsity will play on Thursday, August 29th and Saturday, August 31st and the JV and 9th grade squads will play on Thursday, September 5 and Saturday, September 7th. Attached are complete brackets for both weekends.

Note: Bracket has been updated with Saturday game match-ups.