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.

IJH Boys look strong against Irving North Hills

Image: Roldan pressures — Kevin Roldan(41) pressures the outlet pass.

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.

Kiwanis Classic – Championship Finals

Image: Ms. Consistent — Kaitlyn Rossa(3) knocks down two free shots against the Mildred Lady Eagles.

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.

Kiwanis Classic – Italy continues pursuit of excellence

Image: Megan for three — Italy’s Megan Richards(22) heats up from the 3-point line.

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 Lady Gladiators start the Holidays with wins over Aquilla

Image: The Italy Lady Gladiators “SWISH” their fans a Merry Christmas! — Coaches Stacy McDonald and Tina Richards, along with the Italy Lady Gladiators basketball players, would like to wish all their fans a Merry Christmas! Top row: Khadija Davis, Mary Tate, Chante Birdsong, Lacie Lopez, Brianna Burkhalter and Nikki Brashear Middle row: Danyelle Baugher, Coach Stacy McDonald, Destani Anderson, Maria Luna, Coach Tina Richards, Sa’Kendra Norwood Bottom row: Kaitlyn Rossa, Kyonne Birdsong, Alyssa Richards, Jaleecia Fleming, Megan Richards, Jameka Copeland and Jimesha Reed.

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.

Thanks from Coach Kyle Holley

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 Invitational – Saturday Results

Image: Thinking of Bobby — The Gladiators wore black wristbands with a gold #70 sewn in to remember, #1 Gladiator Fan, Bobby Itson.

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.

Italy Invitational – Friday results

Image: Bubba answers — Italy JV Gladiator Bubba Itson(5) knocks down 4th quarter free throws to seal the deal against Teague’s Varsity team.

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.

Italy Invitational – Thursday results

Image: Italy Invitational Tournament — Kerens battles Teague during the Italy Invitational Tournament inside the Italy Coliseum. Kerens won 61-37.

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.

Lady Gladiators receive All-District honors in basketball

Image: Becca DeMoss — Becca DeMoss (Sr) – Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All-District

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.

Lady Gladiators experience the playoffs

Image: The Italy student body gives the Lady Gladiators a Pep-Rally — The Lady Gladiators were given love and support by the Italy High School student body before their big game against the Valley Mills Lady Eagles to decide who would be the Bi-District Champions.

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.

Varsity Girls take momentum into Playoffs

Image: Congrats from Coach — Coach Sollers congratulates the Seniors and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward. Becca DeMoss, Shanta Thomas and Blanca Figueroa represent Italy High School with class.

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.

IHS Varsity squads get thumbs up on playoffs

Image: Seniors Becca and Blanca — Hoping to celebrate a playoff berth by the end of the night are Seniors #5 Becca Demoss and #21 Blanca Figueroa. Italy did get to celebrate as the Lady Gladiators earned their 1st post season appearance 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.

Lady Gladiators dance their way to a win

Image: Lady Gladiators add another notch — It was the same old song for the Lady Gladiators as they two-stepped to another win Friday night over Waxahachie AA. The 58-16 win was Italy’s second straight win against the Eagles.

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…

Gladiators postpone games until Thursday

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.