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.

IYAA Softball Tournament will be going all week

Image: Abigail Evans

Miracle comebacks, big plays and ice packs were just some of the going ons surrounding the county wide, Girls Softball District Tournament on Tuesday. The IYAA fielded one team in Ennis and one Grandview while a couple of IYAA players represented Italy at the Upchurch Fields in the 8 & Under Division.

IYAA is having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Saturday, July 11


The IYAA will be having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Saturday, July 11th from 10 until 4 at Italy City Hall at 101 W. Main Street. All players MUST be present. 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.

Final Summer Football League Games Today

Image: Italy’s 7-on-7 Passing Team Plays final game Today, at 6:00 p.m. in Italy

The Italy Gladiators Athletic Department has been hosting a 7-on-7 summer passing league this summer. Varsity and J.V. have been mixed together as they competed against Palmer, Rio Vista, Ferris and Blooming Grove. Italy’s final challenge will be today, Thursday, June 25, at 6:00 p.m. in Italy.

IYAA Football & Cheerleader sign-ups underway


The IYAA will be having Football/Cheerleading sign-ups on Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri during evening baseball games at the Upchurch Fields. On Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., sign-ups will be at the Dunlap Library on Clark Street in Italy.