Italy vs Itasca – Pack the Dome Night

Image: Three ladies — Lady Gladiators Kaitlyn Rossa, Jimesha Reed and Jaleecia Fleming unite their powers against the Itasca Lady Wampus Cats.

In what was an exciting night of basketball on Tuesday, Italy’s JV girls, JV Boys, Varsity girls and Varsity boys clashed with Itasca during Italy’s Pack The Dome Night inside Italy Coliseum. “Gladiator Nation” was well represented as both schools put on quite a performance.

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.

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.

Hampton Prep Pheonix singed nets against Italy’s Junior High Boys

Image: Tyler Vencil pops a jumper against the Hampton Prep defense — Italy 7th grader, Tyler Vencil(50) hits one of his two jump shots.

Christmas did not come early for Italy’s 7th & 8th Grade boys basketball teams after experiencing tough sledding against the Hampton Prep Phoenix on Monday. Hampton Prep won both games but not without a fight from Italy’s scrappy Junior High Gladiators.
Scores and stats from the Italy Jr High Girls’ games against Hampton Prep are also included at the end of this article.

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.

Italy JH Boys switch from cleats to sneakers

Image: Bailey Walton eyes a three — 8th grader Bailey Walton never saw a 3-pointer he couldn’t make.

The Italy Junior High Boys began their basketball practices this week in preparation for the upcoming 2009-2010 basketball season. Junior High Coaches Kyle Holley, Larry Mayberry and Josh Ward have already started transforming their young grid-iron warriors into graceful hard wood hoopsters.

IHS Sends Off “The Boys”

Image: The Gladiators on the road — IHS gets out of school early to wish “Good luck” to the Italy Varsity squad.

Coaches Kyle Holley, Larry Mayberry and Josh Ward helped the IHS Varsity squad load the bus on Friday afternoon as fellow classmates lined the parking lot for a victorious send off. The boys were excited as they set out on the road for Abilene.

Italy stomps Menard for Area Championship

Image: On the road to victory — Dontavius and Diamond, along with the “Spirit Squad,” show Gladiator fans where the team is headed.

The Italy Gladiators buzzed past the 20-10 Menard Yellow Jackets (13A District Champs) by a score of 65-56 to claim the Area Championship making Italy’s record 22-10. Italy rematches arch nemesis, Itasca, for the Regional Quarterfinal crown on Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in West.

Varsity Boys regroup against Waxahachie

Image: Senior Dontavius Clemons #5 — Senior Dontavius Clemons #5 has no problem winning the opening tip-off in his last regular season game as an Italy Gladiator. Italy went on to win the contest 68-41 over the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles as they prepare for the playoffs.

Seniors Dontavius Clemons, Darrin Moore and Diamond Rodgers helped close the books on another successfull regular season of Italy Gladiators’ basketball. Head Coach Kyle Holley has his squad primed for the playoffs as they play Monday, February 23, for the Bi-District Chamionship in West, Texas.

Italy’s JV Boys clinch the Championship

Image: 15-A Junior Varsity District Champions 2009 — The Italy Gladiators JV Boys sealed the deal against Itasca and secured the 15-A Junior Varsity District Championship by winning 75-35.

The Italy Gladiators JV put the finishing touches on an incredible basketball season. A two-for-one deal, the win over Itasca Friday allowed Italy’s JV to wrap up the 15-A Junior Varsity Championship with a 15-1 record. And secondly, Head Coach Larry Mayberry finally got to smile.

Varsity Boys show Dallas Faith Family no mercy

Image: Getting fired up — The Italy Gladiators form their team circle at center court. Italy went on to beat Dallas Faith Family 75-27…bring on Itasca!

Once again, Italy’s #2 Heath Clemons shouldered the load for the Gladiators, at point guard, against Dallas Faith Family. Jasenio Anderson rested his sprained ankle for another game. The rematch against Itasca is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Italy Coliseum. Let’s “Pack The Dome” Gladiator fans!

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.