After a 4th place finish in district this season, the Italy Gladiators had 7 players receive all-district honors with sophomore Kenneth Norwood, Jr. earning 1st Team All-District.
With the playoffs on the line, the Gladiators gave it their all as they had all season but those pesky Wampus Cats get the win over Italy to advance.
The Gladiators play hard in a loss against Dallas Gateway but have one more chance to possibly make the playoffs with a win over the Itasca Wampus Cats this coming Tuesday.
Italy Junior High basketball teams wrap up their 2015 season at home in the dome. The 8th graders took their final shots, their last dribbles and grabbed their last rebounds of their junior high careers but left behind plenty of memorable moments.
Italy Coliseum hosted one game Friday night between the Gladiators and Garland Alpha Charter with the guys in gold getting the win, 63-50, to keep their playoff hopes alive!
Italy’s JV boys handle Frost for the second time in district play while the Gladiators stay close thru three before Frost pulls away in the fourth.
Both the Italy Gladiators and their JV squad played hard until the final buzzer but neither could take down the Wampus Cats on Itasca’s home court.
Italy’s JV and Varsity Gladiators played hard but the quickness of Dallas Gateway swept two games against the guys in gold.
Both the Italy JV Gladiators and Lady Gladiators played well during their Italy hosted basketball tournament this past weekend with the JV Lady Gladiators winning the tournament championship in the girls bracket.
Italy hosts Junior High girls and boys basketball tournament with Italy’s 8th grade boys finishing as tournament champions.
Italy’s Junior High Gladiators split wins with visiting Hubbard with Italy’s 8th grade team getting the win over the Jags.
Italy’s JV Gladiators survive a physical test against Frost and exit the wooden tundra with a well deserved win. This one was for “Big Money B.”
The effort was there by the Gladiators but the Frost Polar Bears found a way to get the win despite a never give up attitude on display by Italy.
Recap of Italy’s JV squads’ district openers.
The Italy Lady Gladiator basketball team has earned a spot in the 2A basketball rankings in two polls for the week of January 19, 2015. The Lady Gladiators hold the #15 spot in the TGCA poll and are also ranked #21 in the TABC poll. The Lady Gladiators are currently 20-7 for the season and are in 1st place in district 12-2A with a 2-0 record.
This Saturday, January 17, Italy will be the host of a junior high basketball tournament. Both gyms will be buzzing with basketball action with the first tipoff at 9:00am and games scheduled well into the afternoon. Check out the tournament brackets attached.
This coming weekend will be packed with basketball games for our Italy Boys JV and Varsity squads. Our JV boys will travel to Ferris High School for their 9th grade/JV Tournament and our varsity boys will travel to Avalon for their 84th annual Basketball Tournament. Brackets for both tournaments are attached.
Gladiator head basketball coach Brandon Ganske wishes to inform basketball players and parents that the program will be having a JH and HS boys basketball meeting on November 11, 2014, starting at 6:00 p.m. inside the Italy High School cafeteria.
Italy AD, Charles Tindol has released the varsity and JV basketball schedules for the 2014-2015 season. They are attached. Good luck to the Gladiators and Lady Gladiators as they gear up for a memorable season on the hardwood!
Note: Updated JV/Varsity Boys schedule submitted by Coach Ganske added 10/28/2014;
Updated JV/Varsity Girls schedule submitted by Coach Fullmer added 10/24/2014
The Italy Gladiators land 8 basketball players onto the all-district list including senior TaMarcus Sheppard who earned Defensive MVP honors and Trevon Robertson who was named to the 1st team.
A tremendous start behind a 17-point first-period from senior Trevon Robertson gave the Italy Gladiators a shot but the favored Trenton Tigers survived Robertson’s early barrage of 3-pointers to outlast Italy for the Area championship.
The Italy ISD special olympic athletes received a heroes sendoff from the entire Italy High School student body and faculty early Wednesday morning as Team Italy prepared for their basketball competition at Cedar Hill High School.
The Italy Gladiators became 2013-2014 Class A bi-disitrict basketball champions after clawing their way to a win over the Valley View Eagles behind a 17-point clutch performance by freshman guard Kevin Johnson.
The Italy Gladiators leave no doubt about who the district runner-up is after winning a tie-breaker over Itasca to determine playoff seeding.
The Italy Gladiators finished their district campaign tied for second place with rival Itasca. Both Italy and Itasca have qualified for the playoffs but will battle in a game on Friday to decide playoff seeding. The winner will enter the playoffs as the two seed and the loser goes in as a three seed.
The Italy Gladiator (varsity boys) away basketball game versus Dallas Gateway, that was originally scheduled for tomorrow night, has been moved up to tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. off Hampton Road in Dallas.
The Italy Neotribune has just received word that tonight’s varsity basketball match-up between the Italy boys and Arlington Summit has been cancelled. Inclement weather and icy road conditions have forced this cancellation. Once we hear if the game will be rescheduled, we will post it here.
Itasca defends home court to disrupt playoff seeding with the Lady Gladiators, ultimately, heading into a bi-district matchup against Era on Tuesday. The Gladiators fall short to the Wampus Cats by 1-point and now need to win Friday against Arlington Summit to keep from putting their expected playoff appearance at risk.
In the final home game for their seniors, the Italy Gladiators had little trouble with visiting Grand Prairie Advantage for an 82-45 win with each senior scoring points.
With much on the district line for both the Italy Gladiators and the Lady Gladiators, Gladiator Nation is being asked to trek over to Itasca Tuesday night to provide support. Go Italy!!
Results from the Italy Junior High Boys Basketball Tournament hosted in Italy on Saturday, January 18.
The Gateway Gators from Dallas deliver Italy their first district loss of the season while Italy’s JV boys get the win over visiting Itasca.
Tomorrow night is Basketball Senior Night inside Italy Coliseum with the Lady Gladiators being honored at 6:00 p.m. and the Gladiators being honored at 8:00 p.m. The JV Gladiator boys will be competing in a game starting at 4:00 p.m. over in Itasca.
Three games, three exciting endings as Italy’s Junior High boys give it their all against visiting Rice. What a night of exciting basketball!
Both the Lady Gladiators and the Gladiators made it look easy against visiting Arlington Summit to score two more district wins.
Both the Italy JV Lady Gladiators and the JV Gladiators gave it their best shot against visiting Itasca on Friday, with both games exciting to watch.
The mighty Italy Gladiators rose to the challenge against district rival Itasca to secure an all important district win inside the Coliseum.
It was a wild night in the Coliseum for Junior High basketball with Italy’s 7th and 8th grade teams giving it their all against visiting Marlin.
Italy will play host to a junior high boys basketball tournament on Saturday, January 18th at the Italy High School dome. Both of the IJHS boys’ 7th grade and 8th grade squads will participate in the tournament.
Editors Note: 7th grade bracket was updated 1/14/13 @ 12:45pm.
First-year head coach Brandon Gansky and his spirited Gladiators open district with a convincing win over Grand Prairie Advantage Academy.
The visiting West Trojans outlast the Gladiators during a pair of physical games played inside Italy Coliseum.
Italy’s JV and varsity Gladiators take a break from the holiday break to take on visiting Blooming Grove in a couple of close games inside the Coliseum.
The JV game between Italy and Venus was close throughout while Italy’s varsity Gladiators tried to overcome a 20-point deficit in the second-half, and for a moment, they had a chance.
Italy uses Hubbard’s varsity basketball tournament to hone their skills and improve their level of play.
Head Coach Coach Brandon Ganske has announced a super sharp design for this season’s Gladiator Basketball tshirts. Pre-orders are being accepted through Friday, January 27th, 2013. Order yours today!
Rio Vista wins both the JV game and varsity games over Italy but both Gladiator teams found an offensive rhythm late in the match ups.
The Gladiator and Lady Gladiator varsity basketball squads will travel to Hubbard High School on December 12th, 13th and 14th to participate in the Hubbard Invitational Basketball Tournament. Game one for the Lady G’s will be Thursday at 3:00pm against Waco Rappaport Academy. Game one for the Gladiators will be Thursday at 4:30pm, also against Rappaport.
Senior Trevon Robertson leads the Italy Gladiators to a first-round win over the Grandview Zebras during tournament action in West.
Italy’s Varsity and JV boys’ teams adjust to playing rim to rim after late start to their basketball season.
Per Italy High School head boys basketball coach, Brandon Ganske, the basketball tournament in West has been cancelled. The varsity boys team was originally scheduled to participate in West today and tomorrow (December 6 and 7).