Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting October 13

On Tuesday, October 13, immediately following the Italy High School/Jr High Parent meeting, the Italy Athletic Booster Club will meet. Coach Craig Bales, Italy ISD Athletic Director will speak at the meeting. Parents/Guardians who have interest in Italy ISD athletic programs are asked to attend.

IYAA schedule change for Saturday, October 10

IYAA President, Jason Escamilla wishes to inform the IYAA players, cheerleaders and parents that the football games originally scheduled to be played Italy this Saturday have been moved to Ferris. All IYAA football games will be played in Ferris this weekend.

IYAA Gladiators Whomp The Wildcats

Image: Coach Wood’s C-Team — Coach Wood congratulates the C-Team on being 2-0.

The IYAA Gladiators traveled to Scurry-Rosser Saturday to take on the Wildcats. The Wildcats knocked the IYAA C-Team and B-Team out of the playoffs last season setting the stage for some fun yet dramatic football.

Gladiators drum Polar Bears, start district 1-0

Image: A Queen and her court — Queen nominees and class princesses came together for a photo Friday night.

The Italy Gladiators challenged the Frost Polar Bears for the right to be 1-0 in district play during Italy High School’s Homecoming game on Friday. Italy head coach, Craig Bales, had his team ready to play and it did’t take long to realize that the old gold tradition has a new winning style. Once the balloons were filled, the ribbons were tied and the mums were pinned on, the Italy Gladiators got geared up for their championship run.

Jasenio Anderson—1A Texas Football Player of the Week

Image: Jasenio Anderson — 1A Texas Football Player of the Week

Junior Gladiator Quarterback Jasenio Anderson was chosen by the Directors of as this week’s Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the overtime loss to AA Malakoff. He was selected from a list of unbelievable games played by the most talented players across the State, and his stats and some photos from the Neotribune are featured on their website, which can be reached through the link provided above.

Lady Gladiators work hard on the season

Image: Drew gets it over — Senior Drew Windham hammers the ball over the net.  The Lady Gladiators hosted the Lady Bears from Frost on Saturday morning.

The JV and Varsity Lady Gladiators hosted the Frost Lady Bears on Saturday. The volleyball teams worked hard to keep the scores climbing with some success. The Varsity took two of the five sets from Frost, however, it just wasn’t enough to put a mark in the win column. The JV played well but lost both games to Frost.

Italy and Malakoff decide the game in O.T.

Image: Huddle up — Coach Craig Bales gets his players pumped up.

One For The Ages – The 1A Italy Gladiators traveled to take on the 2A Malakoff Tigers who Italy had beaten last season 33-8. Catching the Gladiators off guard, this wasn’t last years Tiger team. Malakoff brought in a complete new coaching staff for their 2009 campaign.

Gladiators take their chariots mudding against the Malakoff Tigers

Image: Mudscamilla — Quarterback J.T. Escamilla gets a face full of mud against the Malakoff Tigers.

Malakoff made a clean sweep of the Italy 7th Grade, 8th Grade and JV football teams Thurdsay…even if it was muddy. Both Italy Junior High teams only had 11 players on each roster but all 22 players gave a valiant effort defending the home field. Malakoff’s JV Tigers started off slow but eventually slung enough mud into the air to win the game against the JV Gladiators.

Pretty In Pink

Image: Pink is in — The Lady Gladiators gave a good fight on Tuesday against the Lady Eagles.  They earned money for Breast Cancer Research.  The Lady Eagles, however, took the matches, winning 3 out of 4 games.

The coming together of two rivals doesn’t happen often but history was made this week in the Avalon gym. The Lady Eagles hosted the Lady Gladiators to a DIG PINK game.

Thank you from the Wood family

Image: Justin Wood’s teammates won’t give him a break about his injury — Justin Wood is the kind of kid that would give his right arm to play Gladiator football, unfortunately, a break in his left arm will keep Justin out of the lineup during his 8th Grade season. Returning to school on Wednesday, Justin did get to spend time with teammates Zain Byers, Sampson Maldonado and Bailey Walton after practice.

The family of Justin Wood would like to express a sincere thank you to Coach Craig Bales and his Italy High School coaching staff, along with Stafford Elementary nurse Rita Garza, for their effective handling of Justin when he was injured during football practice two weeks ago.

Italy Junior High Plays Milford

Image: Lil’ Ella — Sandy and Larry Eubank’s granddaughter, Ella, cheers for the Lady Gladiators in the cheerleading outfit she got for her birthday.

The Italy 7th and 8th grade girls lead the march in the first Junior High Volleyball games of the season this week. The Lady Bulldogs traveled from Milford to play the Lady Gladiators. The 7th grade won the first sets in the best two games, winning 25-15 and 25-16. Coach Tina Richards said, “I am very proud of the 7th grade. This is a great way to start our season-with a win!”

Pink, Baby! Can you Dig It?

On Tuesday, September 15, the Lady Gladiators and Avalon Lady Eagles will host a Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally at the Avalon gym beginning at 6:00 pm. The teams will promote breast health education in the community as well as raising funds for research. Everyone is invited to attend and help with this worthy cause.

Italy’s 7th Grade football team beat the rain

Image: Takes time for a pose — Jesica Wilkins stops cheering for a Kodak moment.

Although Italy’s 7th Grade football team tied the Palmer Bulldogs 0-0 in their Thursday scrimmage, they did manage to beat the rain. Italy did forgoe it’s last offensive series due to lightning and ultimately rain. However, the 8th Grade and JV teams will have to wait until next Thursday against Malakoff.

Gladiators shipwreck the Pirates 33-27

Image: Taking time for a smile — Cori, Barbara, Sierra and Bianca stop long enough for the camera.

Italy earned their first win on the season with an impressive victory over the Chilton Pirates. Chilton, who upset 1A power Mart (No. 16) last week 39-16, had the air pounded out of their sails Friday night by a determined group of Gladiators 33-27.

Lady Gladiators Take On Palmer

Image: Add a point — The Lady Gladiators played against the Lady Bulldogs from Palmer Tuesday night in a pre-season game.

The Lady Bulldogs of Palmer made a short trip to Italy on Tuesday night to take on the Lady Gladiators for the second time this pre-season. Italy defended the net with enthusiasm but it didn’t take Palmer long to perform the duties at hand. With a four game set, Palmer won 3 out of 4.

Gladiators rally late but Panthers hang on

Image: Half time spirit — Gladiators come back from halftime ready to fire it up.

The Italy Gladiators began their highly anticipated football season by hosting, their long-time rival, the Maypearl Panthers Friday night. 2009 marks the second year Italy has returned to 1A competition where they have enjoyed trophy case after trohy case of success in years past.

Gladiators prepare for Maypearl; Italy Jr. High has first practice

Image: Heath and Jasenio — These two can move the ball in more ways than one.

The Italy Gladiators had one of their best practices Wednesday. There is definitely an energy surrounding Willis Field in anticipation of the upcoming JV and Varsity football games this week against Maypearl. Playing under the Friday night lights will be fun but don’t forget about the JV game that will be played under the Thursday night lights in Maypearl.

IYAA Football is fast and furious

Image: Adrian’s ready to rock — Go for it!

IYAA football for ages kindergarten through 6th grades is in it’s second week of pre-season practices. The Majors (5th & 6th grades), the Minors (3rd and 4th grades) and then Bantam (K-2nd grades) make up the three teams the IYAA will be fielding in 2009.

Gladiators take positives from scrimmage with Waco Reicher Cougars

Image: Frazier in coverage — The talented Corrin Frazier tries to catch a Cougar and have it stuffed to hang on the wall back at the Gladiator Field House.

Although the Italy Gladiators were out pointed 2-0 in the Friday scrimmage against 2-time defending TAPPS Division III State Champion Waco Reicher Cougars, you won’t find any gloom around the Gladiator practice facilities. Feeling good about their progress, Italy is ready to meet the Maypearl Panthers head-on, in the first non-district game of the season.

Directions to Waco Reicher

The Gladiators will take on Waco Reicher this evening at 6:00 pm in Waco. This final scrimmage of the preseason will help prepare the Gladiators for their first non-district game next week against the Maypearl Panthers. Take a road trip to Waco and cheer on our boys!

Italy Athletic Booster Club goes full steam ahead

Image: Italy is #1 — The newest design by Barry Byers is a great new t-shirt for the Athletic Booster Club.

On Tuesday night, at the conclusion of the parent meeting with Ms. Parker, the new principal at Italy High School, the Athletic Booster Club past president, Becky Milligan, addressed the parents, “If you are a parent of an athlete or support Italy athletics, we invite you to join the Booster Club. The club has new fundraising ideas and we want to build a program that will keep building.”

Gladiators make plays during Saturday’s football scrimmages

Image: Bales talks — Head football Coach Craig Bales instructs his players before the scrimmage against Blooming Grove.

After roughing up one another in two-a-days practices over the past two weeks, the Italy Gladiators Varsity and JV teams were allowed to take their hostilities out on the Blooming Grove Lions. There were plenty of big hits and big plays from both sides, but most importantly, the Gladiators had a chance to shake the rust off their gold helmets. It has begun…

Here Come The Lady Gladiators!

Image: Lady Gladiator Varsity Volleyball — (L-R top row) Drew Windham, Bailey Bumpus and Kaitlyn Rossa
(middle row) Megan Richards, Kyonne Birdsong and Cori Jeffords
(bottom row) Jimesha Reed, Jaleecia Fleming and Molly Haight

It’s the beginning of scrimmage season and the Lady Gladiator Volleyball teams are taking full advantage of the time. They started two-a-days last week with Coach Andi Windham and Coach Jennifer Reeves. The JV and Varsity squad is ready to take on the competition.

Italy Athletic Booster Club Meeting August 10

There will be a booster club meeting on Monday, August 10th at 7PM in the High School Cafeteria. This will be a planning and informational meeting.  Football and Volleyball season is upon us and we will be gearing up for Homecoming, T-shirt sales, and new fund raising ideas. 

Final Day of Football/Cheerleading Sign-ups August 1st


FINAL SIGNS-UPS for football and cheerleading will be Saturday, August 1st from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Upchurch Ballfields. All players MUST be present to have their picture taken. County issued birth certificates and registration fees must be submitted at the time of sign-up. Eligible players are 2009-2010 school year Kindergarten to 6th graders.

Ellis County Renegades claim World Series Tournament Championship

Image: Emotional victory — Coaches battle for hug with World Series hero Lane Bogy who just nailed the tournament winning home run!

When the Ellis County Renegades qualified for the Super Series World Series Tournament in Kerens May 9th, in Desoto May 30th, and again in Kerens June 27th head coach Jason Moore had no idea of the thrills and excitement they were about to undertake. When the Renegades arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado they wasted no time in establishing themselves as the team to beat.

IYAA Football Sign-ups Saturday, July 18

The IYAA will be having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Saturday, July 18th from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Upchurch Baseball Fields. All players MUST be present to have their picture taken. County issued birth certificates and registration fees must be submitted at the time of sign-up. Eligible players are 2009-2010 school year Kindergarten to 6th graders.

IYAA hosted softball tournament ends in smiles

Image: Alex hits and sprints

Milford, Hillsboro and Frost battled it out for 1st place on the final day of the four day District 3 Tournament, hosted by the IYAA in Italy. It was exciting and it was a grind for all the teams. However, after the dust at home plate had settled, it was the Frost Lady Polar Bears that celebrated as Champions.