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.

Lady Gladiator Junior High Volleyball schedule for 2013


The Lady Gladiator Junior High Volleyball squads will begin preparation for their upcoming season once school starts next Monday. To help all of the parents and faithful fans of Lady Gladiator Junior High Volleyball the coaches have released the schedule. Their first game will be on Monday, September 9, 2013 at home against Bynum.

Scholarship applications for Dale Hansen Football Classic are due by August 21

Image: The 2nd Annual 2013 Dale Hansen Football Classic will be played on Friday, September 6, at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie with the Italy Gladiators taking on the Malakoff Tigers starting at 7:30 p.m. to kickoff the event. Once again, the Classic is offering scholarship to a senior boy and senior girl from each of the six high schools represented in the games and this year’s applications need to be postmarked by August 21st!!!

The Dale Hansen Football Classic academic scholarship was established in 2012 to aid high school students wishing to pursue secondary education at the collegiate level. The classic is pleased to offer academic scholarships, ranging from $500.00 to $1000.00, to one boy and one girl in the senior class from each of the six high schools represented in the 2013 games. Applications are available in the office of the lead counselor at each of the six high schools – Italy Malakoff, Florence, Thrall, Alvarado, and Mexia.

Gladiator Athletic Booster Club Meeting Wednesday, July 24-5:45pm


Gladiator Athletic Booster Club vice-president, Flossie Gowin, has called a meeting for Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 5:45pm to be held in the Italy High School’s Library. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers for the upcoming school year. Volunteers are also needed to serve as seasonal coordinators: Fall, Early Winter, Late Winter and Spring. If you cannot attend the meeting but are willing to help please contact Flossie Gowin at (972) 523-6799 or email

Softball skills camp scheduled at Hill College in July


Hill College’s Lady Rebel Softball coaching staff is having two, 2-day softball camps in July. The first camp, to be held on July 18th and 19th, will be for 10 thru 14 year-olds and the second camp, to be held on July 25th and 26th, will be for 15 thru 18 year olds. Both of these camps will be held at the Hill College softball field in Hillsboro, just a short drive from Italy.