The Italy Junior High Lady Gladiators came away with two nail-biting victories against the Palmer Junior High Lady Bulldogs on Thursday inside Italy Coliseum.
The Lady Gladiators had to dribble on egg shells to avoid crushing the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles Tuesday. Despite a ladylike display of passing the ball around more than needed and turning down wide open layups, the Italy Lady Gladiators won by 54-points at home.
The Italy 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams thrilled fans inside the Italy Coliseum on Thursday. The 7th Grade team picked up their second win this season, both wins coming against Irving North Hills, while the 8th grade team lead for three quarters before losing by 2-points in their rematch with Irving North Hills.
Scores and stats from the Italy Jr High Girls’ games against Irving North Hills are also included at the end of this article.
The Italy Lady Gladiators competed for the Kiwanis Classic Consolation Championship against the Mildred Lady Eagles while the Gladiators competed for the Men’s Tournament Championship against the Kerens Bobcats this past Wednesday at the Navarro College campus. There was a blackout, rallies, comebacks and experienced gained as Italy strengthens their armor for District.
The Italy Lady Gladiators finished day 2 of the Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament with a 1-1 record, earning a spot in the Consolation Championship game against Mildred on Wednesday. The Gladiators defeated Frost on day 2 to post a 2-0 record in the tournament setting up a Kiwanis Tournament Championship rematch with Kerens.
Italy’s Varsity and JV Lady Gladiators gift wrap wins for Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards over the Aquilla Lady Cougars on December 15 inside Italy Coliseum. Like a violently shaken snow globe, the Lady Gladiators created an avalanche inside the dome to bury Aquilla while Italy’s JV girls played Grinch, stealing a Christmas Holiday victory away from Aquilla’s JV girls.
The Lady Gladiators will take on the Aquilla Lady Cougars on Friday afternoon in the Dome. Game times have changed. The JV game will begin at 3:00pm and the Varsity game will begin at 4:30pm.
The three-day, sixteen-team Italy Basketball Tournament, held December 3-5, was a success for the sixth year in a row. As always, there are numerous people to be thanked for their involvement and contributions.
Italy’s JV and Varsity teams win all four games against Rice on Tuesday. In fact, Italy dominated the visiting Bulldogs cruising to big wins in each game. The Gladiators and Lady Gladiators were all smiles as they geared up for the Venus Tournament.
The Italy Invitational Tournament wrapped up on Saturday, December 5 but not before Italy’s Varsity teams and the JV Gladiators put on a show for the home town fans. Combined, Italy won 5-out of-9 games and appeared in one Consolation Championship game and two Tournament Championship games.
The Lady Gladiators (Varsity), the JV Gladiators and the Italy Gladiators (Varsity), all won on Day 2 of the Italy Invitational Tournament. The Lady Gladiators won by a landslide over Milford, the JV Gladiators won by a nose against Mildred, and the Italy Gladiators brought a confident Venus team back to Earth.
Several teams from around the area participated in the Italy Invitational Tournament, held December 3-5, inside the Italy Coliseum. Italy had 3 teams participate including the Lady Gladiators (Varsity), the JV Gladiators and the Italy Gladiators (Varsity). This article summarizes Italy’s overall performance on day 1 of the tournament.
Italy’s 7th & 8th grade, Junior High Lady Gladiators, showed grit and determination but just couldn’t overcome two hustling Dallas Life squads.
Italy’s Junior High basketball teams welcomed the Red Oak Life Eagles to Italy Coliseum this past Monday. Unfortunately, the ROL teams were not gracious guests as they won 3-out of-4 against our young Lady Gladiators and Gladiators.
To those interested in the Varsity Basketball tournament that is being held at Italy High School we will post updated brackets when information becomes available to us.
The 2009 Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament begins Thursday, December 3 and wraps up on Saturday, December 5. Italy’s Varsity Lady Gladiators, along with the JV and Varsity Gladiators, will all three be competing in the tournament.
The Lady Gladiators defended the dome against the Milford Lady Bulldogs while the Italy JV and Varsity squads punished the Palmer Bulldogs ensuring Italy’s undefeated day.
The 1A Italy Lady Gladiators had a tough matchup against the 2A Malakoff Lady Tigers, but if there was ever a loss to learn from, this one was it. Blown out by Malakoff last season, the new improved Lady Gladiators gave the Lady Tigers all they wanted on Monday.
Italy’s 2009 Lady Gladiator “Bionic” Basketball Team tested out their improved skills in Mildred Tuesday. With a year under their jump shots and fundamentally and mechanically rebuilt by Head Coach Stacy McDonald, these female cyborgs from Italy are aggressive, energetic and determined.
Italy’s Junior High Girls basketball teams hosted Irving North Hills inside the dome for two games on Monday. The ladies in gold were not very gracious hosts as Italy’s 7th grade girls flattened North Hills 31-5 while Italy’s 8th grade girls held on for a 21-15 victory.
Coach Stacy McDonald has her team ready for competition. With all the training under their belt, the season has begun. Get ready for the Lady Gladiators! Here they come.
The IJH girls basketball teams traveled to Palmer Monday night to play their first basketball game of the season. The 7th graders, defeated by a mere 1 point, gave a valiant battle and proved their moxie to everyone in the gym. The 8th grade team had smooth sailing against the bulldogs with an impressive 30-13 win.
Four days of basketball camp to make an impression. Four days for an opportunity to be a new player. Just four days. Four chances for glory.
Waxahachie Lady Indians, Head Basketball Coach Leslie Priebe, was invited by Lady Gladiators Head Coach, Stacy McDonald, to work with the team on running offensive sets during a one-day camp on Thursday.
Lady Gladiator Head Coach Stacy McDonald is the architect of a championship game plan for the girls basketball program. And included in her blue prints for success is the Lady Gladiators Basketball Camp this week.
The Lady Gladiators take advantage of summer league basketball to stay sharp for another playoff run in 2010. And who better to compete against than Italy’s old rival, the 2A Maypearl Lady Panthers. Warning: The following pictures are not for the faint of heart…
Italy Lady Gladiator Head Basketball Coach Stacy McDonald will be coordinating a girl’s basketball camp at the Italy High School Domenasium. The camp will be Monday thru Thursday, June 15-18, between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.
Finishing in 3rd place within District 15A, the Lady Gladiators appeared in the playoffs for the 1st time since 2006 becoming Bi-District Finalist for 2009. Although young, the Lady Gladiators basketball team was loaded with talent. Enough talent in fact, that each player was selected to the All-District list. Congratulations to these “Beauties of Brawn” for their accomplishments this season.
Bi-District Championship Game in West, Texas – After a Tuesday afternoon Pep-Rally wishing the Italy Lady Gladiators luck, students and fans traveled to West, Texas to support the team as they competed for a Bi-District Championship against the Valley Mills Lady Eagles.
Per TxDOT both the north bound and south bound lanes of I-35 will be closed beginning at 7:00 p.m. tonight, February 17, in the Hillsboro area. This closure will directly affect all of the Lady Gladiator fans traveling to West tonight to support our Lady Gladiators as they take on Valley Mills for a Bi-District Title.
Head Boys Basketball Coach Kyle Holley would like to inform Italy fans of the upcoming basketball schedules for all the games this coming Monday and Tuesday.
3…2…1…Dallas Faith Family shoots the 3-pointer! It misses! It rolls off! The Lady Gladiators have done it! Italy wins 45-43 and invites Mr. Momentum to escort them into the playoffs riding a two game winning streak. This is the Lady Gladiators’ first opportunity to go to the “big dance” since 2006.
Italy – That’s right, “Playoffs!” Both Italy Varsity basketball squads are heading to the playoffs. Thanks to an Italy Lady Gladiator’s win over Grand Prairie AA and an Itasca win over Family Faith of Dallas, the Lady Gladiators finished in 3rd place and are making their 1st post season appearence since 2006.
Italy – The Italy Lady Gladiators went for it against the Dallas Gateway Gators. A determined effort by Italy kept the game close for 3 periods setting the stage for an exciting final period.
Italy’s, undefeated, 8th Grade Girls tried to deliver the knockout blow to the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats Thursday at the Italy Coliseum. It was a close 1st half of play but Italy seemed to have the upperhand going into the 2nd half.
Italy 7th Grade squads took on Itasca in two grueling basketball games. As the season nears it’s end, Coach Tina Richards and Coach Larry Mayberry have their squads playing hard and giving Italy fans something to cheer about.
Italy – Both JV squads put on a show for Italy fans as the Italy JV Girls made purses out of the Dallas Gateway Lady Gators and the JV Boys fitted themselves with a new pair of Gator skinned boots as they stomped all over Dallas Gateway.
Italy – The Italy Lady Gladiators out shot, out ran, out played and out danced the Waxahachie Advantage Lady Eagles Friday. Despite the distractions of Throwback Night, Italy’s Lady-Gs took care of business, and defeated the Eagles 57-16. And one and two, and one and two, and one and two…
Itasca – The fur was flying as the Italy Lady Gladiators had a rematch against the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats Thursday night. After struggling for most of the game, Italy went on a scoring frenzy in the 4th scaring the kitty litter out of Itasca.
Italy – Italy’s 8th grade girls keep improving as they stay undefeated after a convincing victory over the Hampton Phoenix. The 8th grade boys took a stand as well but eventually came up short against Hampton once again.
According to Italy Varsity girl’s head coach, Stacy McDonald, games planned for Tuesday, Jan. 27 against Itasca have been changed to Thursday, Jan 29. The frosty weather has changed things and the Varsity games will be played beginning at 5:00 pm in Itasca. The Varsity boys will play at 6:30.
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather, Varsity games will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in Itasca, beginning at 5:00 pm.
The Italy Neotribune would like to congratulate Italy’s 8th grade girls for winning the Blooming Grove Basketball Tournament last Saturday. We also wish to congratulate the 7th grade girls for finishing in 2nd place in the tournament.
In the ‘Court of Basketball’ the Italy Lady Gladiators were found guilty of stealing passes, using excessive force in the post and for attempted assault with deadly outside shooting weapons. The minutes filed by the All-District Attorney read as follows:
Cedar Valley College – The Lady Gladiators got off to a good start against the Dallas Gateway Lady Gators. However, the tide quickly turned in the 2nd period and suddenly Italy was in jeopardy of losing their 2nd District game.
The Italy Coliseum – Italy hosted a JV basketball tournament Saturday, Jan 17. The Lady Gladiators JV tangled with the Blooming Grove Lady Lions in game one and the Rice Lady Bulldogs in game two. Both were physical confrontations proving our girls are not made of sugar and spice and everything nice.
Cedar Valley College – Both Italy Gladiator JV squads dominated the Dallas Gateway Gators in action packed games. Italy’s JV Girls outnumbered the Gators 5 players to 3 at one point. And the Italy JV Boys game featured, what could be, the “Shot of the Year!”
At Home In The Dome – The Italy JH boys and girls squads put on a show for their fans. A mixture of 7th and 8th grade boys “B” squads competed in a scrimmage that came down to the last second. Then the Italy JH boys and girls “A” squads both defeated their Red Oak Faith Family challengers.
Italy takes care of the Venus Bulldogs and now sets their sights on Dallas Gateway. The JV/V games Friday will all be played at Cedar Valley College since Gateway’s gym is under construction.
The Italy Coliseum – The Italy JH met on the hardwood with Red Oak Life last Thursday for rematches. Italy made the hometown fans proud but ROL got on a roll themselves winning 3 of the 4 games during this trip.