Brackets for this week’s basketball tournament at IHS

Image: Boys Bracket

The coaching staff at Italy ISD has released the tournament brackets for this week’s Italy Basketball Tournament. This annual tournament will pair varsity girls and boys teams from across the state in a three day event. Our own Lady Gladiators will take the court at 12noon on Thursday, November 21st for their first game of the tournament.

Ellis County Equine Association Presents Awards

Image: Gentry Rogers of Milford and her pony Santee Grand were in the Top 5 of ECEA’s English and Western Divisions in the 11 & Under age category.

There were many happy faces and shiny cowboy boots on October 19, as competitors in the Ellis County Equine Association gathered for their year-end banquet at the Grasshopper Ranch in Palmer to receive a menagerie of custom made awards in honor of their hard work to win championships throughout the 2013 ECEA horse show season.

Lady Gladiator Basketball Parent Meeting

Lady Gladiator Basketball Head Coach, Melissa Fullmer is requesting that all parents/guardians of high school and junior high level basketball players attend a parent meeting on Monday, November 4, 2013. Meeting time is slated for 6:00pm and will be held in the IHS dome.

Lady Gladiator basketball tshirts on sale now


The Lady Gladiator coaching staff is now offering Lady Gladiator Basketball tshirts for sale. These shirts will be black crew-neck tees, in your choice of long sleeve ($15) or short sleeve ($12). Both adult and youth sizes are available. Use the convenient order form attached and order yours today!

Italy students compete in Tae Kwon Do Tournament

Image: Pictured are some of these students from the Italy area. Master Charles Kight-Chief Instructor of the school, Nick Sam-Italy, Rocklin Ginnett-Italy. Michael Gonzales-Italy and Michael Russell-Italy, Isamar and Mario Perez-Black Belts from Milford were not available for the picture.

On October 12th, 2013, forty-four students from the Hillsboro Unified Tae Kwon Do School participated in an invitational Unified Tae Kwon Do Tournament in Giddings, Texas. Students performed patterns and also sparring with a chance to win 2-trophies.

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.