Additional photos of the Italy Gladiators in Dallas

Image: Cheer crazies — Morgan Cockerham and Anna Viers lift fellow IHS cheerleader Beverly Barnhart after the game inside the American Airlines Center.

Additional photographs documenting the Italy Gladiators and their recent journey into Dallas to play a basketball game against the Mineral Wells Rams inside the American Airlines Center. After a post-game meal, Gladiator Nation returned to the AAC to watch the Dallas Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs….what a day!

Gladiators Ready To Play

Image: Mayberry has the jump — Gladiator Larry Mayberry and Bulldog Josh Smith start the game.

With a final score of 58-54 against the Venus Bulldogs, the Italy Varsity, led by Coach Aiden Callahan. “The Bulldogs played with an expect to win attitude. They are a great club,” said Coach Callahan. “They did a good job taking care of the ball. However, our kids persevered and played through. I am proud of them.”

Gladiator/Maverick’s ticket vouchers due now

Those who ordered Maverick’s tickets, in order to attend the Italy Gladiators vs the Mineral Wells Rams basketball game on December 30th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas take note. You need to pick up your tickets from the Italy ISD administration office by Thursday, December 16. Vouchers must be presented in order to pick up the tickets.

Lady Gladiator tournament brackets for the weekend

Image: Bracket: Varsity Tournament in Venus

The Lady Gladiator Varsity Basketball Team will travel to Venus tomorrow, December 9, for their first game in the Venus Subway Classic Basketball Tournament. Game time on Thursday will be 6:00pm. Coming off of their tournament championship last weekend these ladies have their sights set on another trophy. The Ladies’ JV team will play this Saturday, December 11, in a one-day tournament hosted by Itasca. See brackets.

Girls basketball camp scheduled for June 7-10 in Italy


Monday, June 7 through Thursday, June 10 there will be a girl’s basketball camp held at the old gym at Italy High School. Camp times are 8:30am through 11:30am. This four day camp will cost $30 for four days of instruction (or $10 per day). All proceeds will go towards gym rental and awards. Instructors will be Lady Gladiator Basketball players Megan Richards (#22) and Kaitlyn Rossa (#3).

Gladiators continue on! Defeated Clyde Eula 52-51, play Bronte next

Image: Karley & Kaitlyn — Karley Nelson and IHS Cheerleader Kaitlyn Rossa love their boys.

Abilene — The 8th ranked Italy Gladiators overcame a sluggish first quarter start to defeat the 5th ranked Clyde Eula Pirates 52-51 to claim the regional semi-final championship. Italy will play the 15th ranked Bronte Longhorns Saturday, March 6 at 4:00 inside Abilene Christian University’s Moody Coliseum. The winner will become the regional final champion and earn a trip to the state tournament in Austin.

Little River Bees squeak by Italy in 3rd overtime

Grandview – The Italy Gladiators played the Little River Academy Bees Saturday morning to prepare for their upcoming Area game next week. Italy struggled in the 1st period against the larger Academy players. The Bees dominated the boards on both ends of the court. Italy trailed at the end of the 1st period 16-4.

J.V. ends season with a win, Gladiators finish perfect in District

Image: Ethan Saxon — Ethan Saxon does his best Jase Holden impersonation.

Gladiators (25-3) end their district schedule with a perfect 10-0 record to finish as undefeated 1A district champions, break the century mark for the first time this season with a 104-40 win over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles and every player on the Gladiator roster scored during the game. Now that’s how to finish a regular season of basketball. Playoffs here we come!

Gladiators sweep Itasca, claim District Championship

Image: Jas makes it! — Jasenio Anderson(11) knocks down a 3-pointer with a Wampus Cat in his face.

After a 73-61 win over the Itasca Wampus Cats, The Italy Gladiators (24-3) have already clinched the 1A-1 Region II District 15 District Championship with one game left to play. Currently 9-0 in district play, the Gladiators finished last season as a regional finalist and are poised to take another stab at winning the state championship.

Game time updates for the IYAA and Italy High School

The IYAA and Hillsboro sports Association will proceed with the Saturday, February 13 games as scheduled. The Italy Gladiators (boys) will play Itasca at 2:00 in Itasca on Saturday as well. The Lady Gladiators will take on Bosqueville in the first round of the playoffs at West High School on Monday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m