80’s Throwback Night was a big success

Image: Coach Holley delivers the introduction — A former member of Italy’s Regional Qualifying squads and current Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley, gives one more assist to past alumni players and coaches as he introduces the 1982-1986 Regional Qualifying alumni players, managers and coaches.

The Italy Coliseum – Italy Gladiator Throwback Night was a star-studded affair as former players, managers and coaches of the 1982-1986 Regional Qualifying Basketball Teams were recognized for their past efforts and rewarded with warm applause and personalized plaques.

The Gladiators clamp down on the Gators

Image: Look Out Below — Italy’s #5 Dontavius Clemons climbs high for a block against the Dallas Gateway’s 6’ 6" big man. It was not easy, but Italy managed to out run, out leap and out last the Gators for a last second victory 87-85. The game was played at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster Friday night.

Cedar Valley College – The Italy Gladiators wrestled the Gators from Dallas Gateway Friday night in Lancaster. The anticipation was high since both squads are loaded with talent. Gateway relies on 6’ 6" Center “Big City” #24 while Italy Sophomore #11 Jasenio Anderson shoulders the hopes of Gladiators’ fans.

Italy JV Boys win Tournament Championship

Image: Italy Gladiators JV – Tournament Champions — Coach larry “The Law” Mayberry’s arsenal of athletes, the Italy JV squad, took no prisoners as they out-shot Blooming Grove 69-37 for the Tournament Championship Trophy.

Inside the Italy Coliseum – Saturday, January 17, Italy played host for a JV Boys Basketball Tournament. Italy was determined to take advantage of the golden opportunity by defeating Rice in the 2nd round. That set the stage for a showdown with the powerful Blooming Grove Lions in the Championship game.

Italy JH showcases skills against Red Oak

Image: Paola Mata Is Money — Italy’s #2 Paola Mata hits this beautiful running jumper against the Red Oak Faith Family Lady Eagles Thursday inside the dome. A relentless Italy squad won the game 47-6.

At Home In The Dome – The Italy JH boys and girls squads put on a show for their fans. A mixture of 7th and 8th grade boys “B” squads competed in a scrimmage that came down to the last second. Then the Italy JH boys and girls “A” squads both defeated their Red Oak Faith Family challengers.

Kerens outscores Italy to win Tournament Championship

Image: Diamond Shines — Italy’s #4 Diamond Rodgers scores late in the contest against Kerens but the Bobcats come from behind to defeat the Italy Gladiators 69-55 and get crowned the Tournament Champions of the 2008 Kiwanis Classic.

Navarro College, Tournament Championship – The Italy Gladiators Jumped out to a 9-1 advantage but eventually lost to the fast breaking Kerens Bobcats 69-55 in the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament. The game became a star studded affair when Dallas Cowboy Keith Davis, a State Champion basketball player from Italy, arrived in a limousine.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys play for the Tournament Championships

Image: Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley — Head Basketball Coach Kyle Holley was active during the Italy game against All Saints in the second round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. Italy won the game 68-56 and will play for the championship Saturday, December 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Italy Varsity Girls & Boys will be playing in the Italy Invitational Tournament Championship Saturday, Dec 6th. The Varsity Lady Gladiators play Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. for the championship. Italy’s Varsity Boys play in their championship game at 7:30 p.m. Everybody make it to the Coliseum and cheer loud for our Italy basketball squads and let’s get the Dome Rocking!