The IYAA will be passing out end of the season basketball trophies and coaches plaques in front of Game On Athletics during their grand opening on Saturday, March 27, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet Game On Athletics owner, Erick Thompson, and have a hotdog!
The Italy Gladiator JV team traveled to Axtell on Tuesday. They picked up their mitts and played a great game. The Gladiators prevented the Longhorns from scoring in the last two innings. However, the Longhorns proved to be more in the defense department and offensively scored 4 runs throughout the game. Final score Axtell 4, Italy 1.
Italy Gladiators were in full swing Monday night as Waxahachie Advantage Academy fought the battle as hard as they could but to no avail. Trevor Patterson picked up the pace and shut the Eagles out, down and all around.
The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet on Thursday, March 25 at the Italy High School Library. Meeting time is 6:30. Due to recent changes in the relationship with the Italy Athletic Booster Club and the Italy ISD there are major decisions that must be made at this meeting. All those interested in the role that the Italy Booster Club plays in support of the school and the athletes needs to be in attendance of this meeting.
Farmers Branch, Texas — The Italy Lady Gladiators Softball Team competed in the Spring Break Classic in Farmers Branch this past Thursday and Saturday. The only 1A school in the tournament, Italy finished in 3rd Place within the Silver bracket.
Friday night was the perfect night to see Italy Baseball at its finest. Not only were the Gladiators great defensively, they had their bats swinging too. Waxahachie Faith Family could not get on base and lost the game 15-0.
Dallas Gateway — The Italy Junior High Gladiator Track Team earned 1st place in all four divisions (7th boys, 7th girls, 8th boys & 8th girls) on Thursday at the Dallas Gateway Track Meet. A combination of Gladiator power and speed got the job done.
What a way to end the 2010 season of IYAA Basketball! In the first two games on Tuesday, Italy teams earned back-to-back wins over visiting Hillsboro. In the finale, Italy 31 pulled off the upset against, undefeated, Italy 29 in one of the most exciting games in the history of IYAA Sports.
After finishing in 1st Place with a 10-0 record in district play (28-5 overall) and ultimately finishing as regional finalists for the second year in a row, six members of the Italy Gladiator Basketball Team received all-district honors. In addition, Italy Gladiator Basketball head coach Kyle Holley was named “Coach of the Year” in district 15A.
Kerens — The Lady Gladiators softball team, coached by Jennifer Reeves, Andrea Windham and Tina Richards, continue to crush their competition. In the Kerens Tournament held Friday, March 5 thru Saturday, March 6, the Lady Gladiators dominated to win the championship.
Abilene — After moving past Clyde Eula on Friday 52-51 to claim the regional semi-final championship, the Italy Gladiators (28-5) locked horns with the Bronte Longhorns in the regional final championship game on Saturday.
There was a slight breeze at the IHS softball park on Thursday evening. It may have been a change in the weather or it could have been something new and exciting in the air-the winds of change. Lady Bulldogs fell prey to the JV Lady Gladiator bats, with an ending score of 8-7.
With the season coming to a close, this is just the beginning for IYAA’s basketball players whose careers are just getting started. Due to scheduling conflicts, the IYAA hosted four games on Thursday inside the old Italy gym.
Scoring updates of the 4:00pm game:
Abilene — The 8th ranked Italy Gladiators overcame a sluggish first quarter start to defeat the 5th ranked Clyde Eula Pirates 52-51 to claim the regional semi-final championship. Italy will play the 15th ranked Bronte Longhorns Saturday, March 6 at 4:00 inside Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum. The winner will become the regional final champion and earn a trip to the state tournament in Austin.
Abilene — Italy Neotribune will post updates of the regional semi-final game between the Italy Gladiators and the Clyde Eula Pirates being played in Abilene. Game start time is 8:00 p.m.
Congratulations to Italy High School Powerlifter Kaytlyn Bales who, for the second year in a row, has qualified to compete at the girl’s state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi during spring break.
The Italy Gladiators won the Region 1, Division 1, 1A Basketball Conference Regional Quarterfinal Championship game in Midlothian on Monday by defeating the Dallas Gateway Gators 88-68. Italy will play Clyde Eula for the regional semi-final championship in Abilene on Friday night at 8:00 p.m.
With the IYAA basketball season winding down in week 8, coaches and players tried to leave lasting impressions in their final games. From granny shots and 3-point bombs to fast break layups and precision passes, the IYAA showcased them all on Saturday inside the old Italy gym.
Hamilton — The Italy Gladiators (26-4) crossed a dam in Whitney, climbed a mountain in Meridian and then drove straight to the basket in Hamilton before overcoming one final obstacle, the DeLeon Bearcats (19-10), to win the area championship game 85-50.
The boys beat DeLeon Friday night 85-50 to advance to the next round of the playoffs. We are playing Dallas Gateway on Monday at 7:00 in Midlothian. Please come out and support the team.
The IYAA’s week 7 of basketball was packed with thrilling shots, expert ball handling, precision passing and plenty of smiling faces. The players have been working hard in their practices resulting in big moments during the games. Good luck to the players and coaches as the season comes to an end….Finish Strong!
ITALY—Davidson Field was distinctly cold on Thursday night-in more ways than one. The Italy Gladiators took on the Hubbard Jaguars in a pre-district game and chilled the kitties to the bone.
The final opportunities to sign-up for IYAA Baseball/Softball sign-ups will be inside the old Italy gym. All Rosters still need players but there are 4 more scheduled times to sign-up players:
As we hope that ALL of the Gladiator fans can make the trip to Hamilton High School (7:00 p.m.) Friday night to see our Gladiators in an area championship game against DeLeon, there will be some basketball playoff action right here at home.
The Gladiator Baseball team will take the field tonight against Hubbard. Game time is 6:30 in Italy. This game was originally scheduled for Friday night but due to the conflict with the basketball playoff game will be played tonight.
The Gladiator Basketball Team will travel to Hamilton Friday night to take on the DeLeon Bearcats for the area championship. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Hope to see everyone there!
All nine members of the Italy Lady Gladiators Basketball Team received well deserved recognition for their efforts on the court this season. The team has improved by leaps and bounds and the future for this young squad looks bright indeed.
Hamilton, Texas — The 2009-2010 Italy Lady Gladiators (18-12) Basketball Team ended their playoff run in Hamilton, Texas after losing the area championship to the Mason Cowgirls (23-11) by a score of 45-24 on Friday, February 19, 2010.
In their first game Saturday, the Lady Gladiators (6-1-1) pulled out a come from behind win against the 2A Maypearl Lady Panthers, 7-6. Game two saw Palmer come from behind to win 9-7 over Italy in a bottom of the 7th thriller.
Game, Set and Match — Practicing late into the evening four days a week, the Italy Tennis team finally got a chance to test out their court skills during a practice session with Palmer.
Waxahachie, Texas — Two games on Thursday meant two more wins for the Lady Gladiators as they won impressively against 5A Duncanville 7-3 and then 3-0 over 2A Blooming Grove in the afternoon game.
Waxahachie, Texas — At 8:00 a.m. Friday morning, the Lady Gladiators run-ruled the 4A Cleburne Lady Jackets in six innings 16-5 and then out battled the 5A Arlington Lamar Vikings 9-7 in the 4:00 p.m. game during a Softball Tournament at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
Grandview – The Italy Gladiators played the Little River Academy Bees Saturday morning to prepare for their upcoming Area game next week. Italy struggled in the 1st period against the larger Academy players. The Bees dominated the boards on both ends of the court. Italy trailed at the end of the 1st period 16-4.
“There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time. I owe him my best.” Joe DiMaggio (April 4, 1951)
Coach Matt Coker will host a varsity baseball parent meeting tonight in his classroom at Italy High School at 7pm. The focus will be expectations for the baseball program with the parents.
George E. Scott Coliseum — With teams trying to improve their position in the standings, excitement was in the air. Performing in front of a packed gym, IYAA players put their skills on display and made their parents, grandparents and coaches proud.
Gladiators (25-3) end their district schedule with a perfect 10-0 record to finish as undefeated 1A district champions, break the century mark for the first time this season with a 104-40 win over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles and every player on the Gladiator roster scored during the game. Now that’s how to finish a regular season of basketball. Playoffs here we come!
“Gladiator Nation” needs to make the trip to Hamilton High School (7:00 p.m.) Friday night to see our Lady Gladiators in an Area championship game against Mason. But in the event that you are not able to you can once again see some stout basketball action right here at home.
Italy’s 7th & 8th grade boys basketball teams wrapped up their seasons on Monday, February 8th in two hard fought games against the visiting Palmer Bulldogs.
The Lady Gladiators Softball team is off to a fast start this season thanks to strong senior leadership and consistent play from pitcher Courtney Westbrook. The Lady Gladiators used the Rice game to set the standard for their season.
The Italy boys’ basketball team will play a warm-up game this Saturday at 11:00am in Grandview against Little River Academy.
Congratulations to coach Stacy McDonald, coach Tina Richards and the Lady Gladiators on winning the 1A bi-district championship in dramatic fashion over the Bosqueville lady Bulldogs, 47-44!
The Lady Gladiators continue their playoff run Friday in Hamilton at 7:00 p.m. They will be playing the Mason Cowgirls for the 1A Area Championship.
Included in this article:
A poem by Lady Gladiator #22 Megan Richards.
After a 73-61 win over the Itasca Wampus Cats, The Italy Gladiators (24-3) have already clinched the 1A-1 Region II District 15 District Championship with one game left to play. Currently 9-0 in district play, the Gladiators finished last season as a regional finalist and are poised to take another stab at winning the state championship.
Wednesday, the Lady Gladiator Softball team scrimmaged the McGregor Lady Bulldogs on a cold night in Italy. Despite the weather, several Lady Gladiators got hits, McGregor’s players got hits and even a snow storm hit.
The IYAA will be conducting its 2nd Baseball/Softball sign-ups on Saturday, February 13 inside the old Italy High School gym from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The IYAA and Hillsboro sports Association will proceed with the Saturday, February 13 games as scheduled. The Italy Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca at 2:00 in Itasca on Saturday as well. The Lady Gladiators will take on Bosqueville in the first round of the playoffs at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m
The Lady Gladiators move past Dallas Faith Family and head into the playoffs. The Lady Gladiators will battle Bosqueville for bi-district at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Schedule change: The varsity Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca on Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Itasca. The JV boys game has been cancelled.
The Lady Gladiators will play the Bosqueville Lady Bulldogs in the first round of the 2010 Basketball Playoffs on Monday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m. at West High School.
Crowd support will play a huge roll so everyone wear Italy’s colors and come ready to cheer!