IHS Athletic Banquet planning meeting tonight

There will be a brief planning session for the 2010 IHS Athletic Banquet today, Thursday, April 22nd. The committee needs your help to ensure that the Gladiators and Lady Gladiators have the banquet they deserve. Please attend this meeting and lend a hand. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be over well before the JV baseball game that will begin at 6:30 p.m. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Italy Gladiators are district champs

Image: Coach Coker — Coach Matt Coker has been the Italy baseball coach for three years. The hard work has paid off.

“We are district champions!” Italy Gladiators yelled in unison. According to head coach Matt Coker, “We are first in our district in I don’t know how long.” The Gladiators battled Frost Polar Bears on Tuesday night for the number one seed and and they accomplished what they started out to do.

Stafford night at the ballpark

Image: I am so happy — You can’t get any better than this, Jacob Coers says.  He received a varsity t-shirt from one of his favorite players.

You are not going to believe what was going on at Davidson Field Friday night. There was face painting, bubbles blowing, t-ball hitting, softball toss, line dancing and cotton candy. There was even a hot dog eating contest at home plate after the second inning. It was none other than Stafford Night at the Ballpark.

Lady Gladiator Softball team needs your support tonight

Image: Fans Support Will Be Greatly Appreciated!!!

Tonight the Lady Gladiator Softball team plays in Italy at 7:00pm. They will not have face painters, nor will there be a hot-dog eating contest; but what there will be is a great game against a respected rival, the Hubbard Lady Jaguars. This contest will determine the top spot in the district. It is all on the line tonight. Please come and support your Lady Gladiators as they battle for #1.

Lady Gladiators dominate Dawson to remain in district hunt

Image: Cori & Casi — Sisters Cori and Cassi Jeffords did their part to help the Lady Gladiators overtake the Dawson Lady Bulldogs Friday in Dawson.

While it was “Stafford Night At The Ballpark” during the Gladiator baseball game back in Italy, it was “Lady Gladiators Night” at the ballpark in Dawson as Italy’s Darlings of the Diamond played softball toss, went slipping and sliding around the bases and participated in the loudest cheer challenge. The team even had a dugout dance contest with Coach Andrea Windham stealing 1st place.

Italy Gladiator Baseball rises to a new level

Image: Anderson pitches about 75mph — One of the parents measured Jasenio’s fast pitch with a radar on Tuesday night against Waxahachie Advantage.  The Eagles only made one run against Anderson.

The Italy Gladiators met up with Waxahachie Advantage at the Waxahachie Athletic Complex on Tuesday night for their second district game. Italy dominated in both offense and defense. Jasenio Anderson pitched 3 innings before the game was called by run rule. The final score was Italy 19, Waxahachie Advantage 1.

Italy Track does well at district meet, must take a bus to Area

Image: Bales advances — Just a sophomore, Kaytlyn Bales makes the discus finals at the varsity level.

The Italy High School Varsity and JV Track Teams represented the old gold and white in style by turning in stellar performance during the District Track Meet in Hubbard last Thursday. In fact, Italy’s athletes were doing so well, it didn’t take head track coach Stephen Coleman long to realize the Gladiators would be taking a bus to the Area Meet in Alvarado.

Unstoppable Gladiators take care of business

Image: Coach and Desmond — Desmond Anderson and head coach Matt Coker talk a bit before his at-bat.

The Italy Gladiator Varsity was visiting Waxahachie Faith Family at the Waxahachie Sports Complex on Friday. This is the second time this season they have faced each other in district play. As the game unfolded, it became evident this Italy baseball club cannot be stopped. By the second inning, the Gladiators were in the lead by 4 and by the final inning, the boys ran over the Eagles 16-0.

Another two bite the dust

Image: Let’s talk about it — Coach Matt Coker, Ryan and Caden take a minute about the play.

Gladiator baseball is in full swing now with more than half the district games played. Avalon hosted IHS last Tuesday and the Gladiators were actually challenged this time. The no-score streak ended with this game but Italy is still going strong. The final score was Italy 8 and Avalon 4.

The Boys are back in town

Image: Y M C A — Meagan Hopkins and Lexie Miller sing and dance to the 70’s song.

The JV baseball team stayed at home this week and hosted Red Oak Life. The Gladiators basically harnessed the Mustangs and put ’em up in the barn. The ending score was Italy 10 and Red Oak 4.

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Lady Gladiators battle the elements in Hubbard

Image: Struggling to focus — Alyssa Richards keeps her eyes closed as the sand gets stirred by the wind.

Softball — The Lady Gladiators fell prey to the Hubbard Lady Jaguars on Thursday in Hubbard 5-2. A minor setback as far as Coach Jennifer Reeves is concerned as the Lady Gladiators will now head to Frost to challenge the Lady Polar Bears on Tuesday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. Fan support will be mandatory!

Italy Turns Polar Bears into a Puddle

Image: All winners — Kyonne Birdsong, Ka’Deesha Davis, Cori Jeffords and Lexi Miller gather at the concession stand to help Davis show her winning coupon.  She won a free hamburger from the “Gladiator Grill” on Friday night.

With one of the largest crowds in attendance so far, the Italy Gladiator Baseball team met up with the Frost Polar Bears on Friday night at home for a challenging district game. The teams played 6 innings but when the dust cleared and everyone went home, Italy defeated the Polar Bears 11-0.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting Reminder

Changes within the law now requires Booster Clubs to separate from their ISD’s umbrella. These requirements and guidelines with be discussed at the meeting Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Italy High School Library. It is imperative that there be more parent involvement in order to keep the Booster Club moving forward.

Italy JV plays Axtell Longhorns

Image: Rally — The Gladiators rally around Coach Ward for last minute instructions.

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.

Major decisions at upcoming Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting

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.

Italy brings down the hammer

Image: Huddle up — Coach Coker and Ward give the aftergame talk.

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.

Lady Gladiators Rule School!

Image: Reeves and her team — Coach Reeves tells pitcher and catcher her new strategy.

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.

Gladiators continue on! Defeated Clyde Eula 52-51, play Bronte next

Image: Karley & Kaitlyn — Karley Nelson and IHS Cheerleader Kaitlyn Rossa love their boys.

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.