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

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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

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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.