Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament brackets

Image: Boys Bracket

The annual Italy Invitational Basketball Tournament is scheduled to start on Thursday, December 1 and will run thru Saturday, December 3.  There will be both boys and girls divisions.  For our reader’s convenience we have provided brackets.  Good luck to our hardwood heroes and heroines as they battle it out on the court during this three day event.

Italy Jr High basketball has begun

Image: Jump up! for the Gladiators.  Italy took on the Clifton Cubs Monday night in the first game of the season.

Italy 7th and 8th grade boys played Monday night in the dome against Clifton to begin their 2011-2012 season. The boys pulled out the big guns and took on the Cubs and stopped them in their tracks. It may be the beginning of the season but the other teams need to watch out. Here come the Gladiators!

Gladiators overcome slow start to beat Ponder in Regional Semifinal

Image: Getting ready — Jasenio Anderson gets warmed up just in time to record four three-pointers in the first quarter and keep the Gladiators in the game.

The Italy Gladiators (27-7) knockoff the three-time reigning Region II-AA State Champions, the Ponder Lions (20-16), by a score of 74-67 inside Wisdom Gymnasium on the Tarleton State University campus in Stephenville. With the win, the Gladiators claim the Regional Semifinal Championship and will compete in the Regional Final game against Melissa starting at 2:00 p.m. today.

Italy beats Hearne 93-75 to claim Regional Quarterfinal Championship

Image: Clemons goes for it — A Hearne defender challenges Italy’s Heath Clemons(2) under the rim.

Both the Italy Gladiators (25-7) and the Hearne Eagles put on a dazzling display of athleticism, aerial acrobatics and precision shooting with a Region II-AA Regional Quarterfinal Championship on the line. In the end, a 34-point third-quarter explosion by the Gladiators blew the feathers off the high-flying Eagles and allowed Italy to coast home from Waco.

Send-off planned this morning for Gladiator Basketball Team

The student body of Italy High School/Junior High School invites the community to join them as they send off their Gladiator Basketball Team as they continue their playoff run in Stephenville. At approximately 9:15am the students and faculty will assemble in the High School campus’ parking lot to wish our Gladiators luck. The bus for Stephenville is leaving at 9:30am sharp per head coach Aiden Callahan.

Due to bleak weather forecast Italy basketball games rescheduled

With the winter weather heading full steam towards North Texas the decision has been made to move games scheduled for Tuesday night against Rio Vista to be played tonight (Monday, January 30th). The Lady Gladiator varsity game will begin tonight at 5:00pm followed by the varsity boys. There will not be any JV games due to this emergency change in schedule.