IYAA basketball Week 7 – Making swishes come true!

Image: Michael takes aim — Michael Gonzalez(13) feels lucky.

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!

Little River Bees squeak by Italy in 3rd overtime

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.

J.V. ends season with a win, Gladiators finish perfect in District

Image: Ethan Saxon — Ethan Saxon does his best Jase Holden impersonation.

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!

Gladiators sweep Itasca, claim District Championship

Image: Jas makes it! — Jasenio Anderson(11) knocks down a 3-pointer with a Wampus Cat in his face.

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.

Game time updates for the IYAA and Italy High School

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

IYAA Week 5 – Helping young players reach their goals

Image: David DeLaHoya — David DeLaHoya(32) is the big man in the middle for Italy 30.

Week 5 had it’s share of great shots, nice passes and fancy dribbling. The players really enjoy playing the games and the fans do a great job cheering them on. If you like excitement, stop by George E. Scott Coliseum next Saturday and check out the next generation of incredible athletes.

IHS Athletic Booster Club meeting tonight

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, February 8 at 7:00 p.m., in the Italy High School cafeteria. The athletic scholarship awards will be the primary docket item for the meeting. Anyone and everyone wishing to help the booster club support the athletic programs at Italy High School is welcome to attend.

IYAA Week 4 – Highlights and Hoops

Image: Head Turner — Bright young talent, Oshae Turner, is really turning heads in the IYAA after finishing with 9-points.

George E. Scott Coliseum — The IYAA basketball players, coaches and fans enjoyed an exciting Week 4 of competition on Saturday. There were several close games to keep the crowd entertained and plenty of special memories were made. The kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

Italy vs Itasca – Pack the Dome Night

Image: Three ladies — Lady Gladiators Kaitlyn Rossa, Jimesha Reed and Jaleecia Fleming unite their powers against the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats.

In what was an exciting night of basketball on Tuesday, Italy’s JV girls, JV Boys, Varsity girls and Varsity boys clashed with Itasca during Italy’s Pack The Dome Night inside Italy Coliseum. “Gladiator Nation” was well represented as both schools put on quite a performance.

IYAA Basketball, Week 3 – Where amazing happens!

Image: Determination — Gary Escamilla(1) practices a left handed layup before the game.

George E. Scott Coliseum — IYAA Basketball, Week 3, saw it’s share of exciting finishes, amazing plays and gutsy performances. Sydney Lowenthal even swished a “granny shot” for goodness sake. The most exciting moments of Week 3 matched one Italy team against another. With bragging rights on the line, all the players gave it their all and then congratulated one another after the game.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting scheduled for January 25

The Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet tonight, January 25 @ 7:00pm in the Italy High School Library. Agenda items include discussion regarding the recent purchase of an ice machine that will be installed in the Dome within the next few days. Also, athletic scholarships, distribution of funds regarding basketball concessions, concessions at baseball and softball games and the year end athletic banquet will be discussed. Please make time this evening to attend and help support the athletic program at Italy High School.

IJH Lady Gladiators compete in Blooming Grove Tournament

Image: IJH Lady Gladiators – 8th grade — (L-R): Jesica Wilkins, Ashley Harper, Ryisha Copeland, Taylor Turner, Bernice Hailey, Kendra Copeland, Monseratt Figeuroa

The 7th and 8th grade Lady Gladiators competed in the Blooming Grove Jr High Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 16. The 8th grade came away with a 2nd place trophy. The 7th graders were consolation champs. Both teams showcased their athletic prowess and were excellent representatives of Italy both on and off the court.

IYAA hoopsters take the big shots in Week 2

Image: Heart as big as gold — Catie South(2) sets her sights on becoming a Lady Gladiator.

Week 2 of the IYAA basketball season was a day of firsts for many young hoopsters. Whether Saturday marked the first time an aspiring athlete made his or her first basket, of their whole life, or whether it was a team’s first win of the season, the IYAA is where many “first moments” happen for future Gladiators, Bulldogs, Eagles and Polar Bears.