Italy 7th Grade squads took on Itasca in two grueling basketball games. As the season nears it’s end, Coach Tina Richards and Coach Larry Mayberry have their squads playing hard and giving Italy fans something to cheer about.
Italy – Both JV squads put on a show for Italy fans as the Italy JV Girls made purses out of the Dallas Gateway Lady Gators and the JV Boys fitted themselves with a new pair of Gator skinned boots as they stomped all over Dallas Gateway.
Italy – The Italy Gladiators dominated the Waxahachie Advantage Eagles winning big, 78-35. It was special because the performance was in front of a packed crowd full of Italy Gladiator alumni. It was Throwback Night at the dome and the event was FANtastic!
The Italy Coliseum – In a basketball match that resembled a prize fight, the Italy Gladiators stood toe-to-toe (and head to chin) with the Dallas Gateway Gators for 4 rounds.
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.
Itasca, Texas – Italy vs Itasca games are always surrounded by high emotions. Thursday night was no different as the both basketball squads took center court adding more fuel to this already explosive rivalry.
Italy Basketball Throwback Night is tonight, January 30th. The annual Italy High School event will be held in the dome and Gladiators young and old are invited to take in some basketball action as well as take a trip down memory lane.
The Italy Neotribune would like to congratulate the 7th and 8th grade boys basketball squads for “representing” in the Junior High Boys Basketball Tournament hosted by Italy. Saturday was definitely worth the price of admission!
The Italy Coliseum – The Hampton Phoenix 7th grade boys/girls squads made the drive back to Italy for a rematch with the Gladiators. A bit more difficult this time, It was still worth the trip as Hampton’s 7th grade squads rolled up two more wins.
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather, Varsity games will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in Itasca, beginning at 5:00 pm.
The Italy Coliseum – The Italy Gladiators disposed off the Grand Prairie AA Eagles in a game that was decided by the end of the first period. This was Italy’s second straight game to score over 80-points.
The Italy JV Gladiators travelled all the way to the dome in Avalon, Texas and challenged the Eagles Thursday to a friendly game of roundball. Long time neighbors and sporting rivals, these two schools have a mutual respect for each others talents formed through years of competitive play.
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.
Cedar Valley College – Both Italy Gladiator JV squads dominated the Dallas Gateway Gators in action packed games. Italy’s JV Girls outnumbered the Gators 5 players to 3 at one point. And the Italy JV Boys game featured, what could be, the “Shot of the Year!”
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.
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.
Italy takes care of the Venus Bulldogs and now sets their sights on Dallas Gateway. The JV/V games Friday will all be played at Cedar Valley College since Gateway’s gym is under construction.
Thursday, Jan. 17, everyone is invited to the Italy Coliseum to cheer for our JH squads. Italy will compete against Dallas Faith Family plus there will be an Italy vs Italy scrimmage featuring the 7th and 8th grade boys.
The Italy Coliseum – The JV Gladiators are chased out of the dome by a nest of Yellow Jackets after the Ferris JV unleashed a relentless assault on Italy to win 66-46.
The Italy Coliseum – A swarm of Ferris Yellow Jackets converged on the dome, mistaking it for their hive apparently, as the Jackets stung the Italy Gladiators 80 times to win 80-37.
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.
Navarro College – Italy defeats Mildred 63-55 and advances to the Championship game in the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament.
Navarro College – The Italy Varsity squads squared-off with the Wortham Varsity squads in the 1st round of the 2008 Kiwanis Classic Basketball Tournament. Hosted on the campus of Navarro College (a branch of Texas A&M at Commerce), the Gladiators’ planned to teach the Bulldogs some lessons.
The Coliseum – After trailing at halftime 32-20, a confident Italy Gladiator squad rallied in the 2nd half to defeat the visiting Milford Bulldogs 63-53.
Italy’s 4th Annual Basketball Tournament was successfully held December 4-6, 2008.
The 1A Italy Gladiators competed against the 5A Trinity Christian Cedar Hill (TCCH) Tigers this past Saturday to decide the winner of the Italy Invitational Tournament. The game featured fast paced offenses, dramatic lead changes and a the winner wasn’t determined until the last seconds.
In the 2nd round of the Italy Invitational Tournament, the Italy Gladiators prove their worthy by defeating an athletic All Saints squad. This victory propells Italy into the Championship game, but the win didn’t come easy.
The Italy Gladiator’s Varsity Boys would have to beat the Mildred Eagles in overtime to advance to the 2nd round of the Italy Invitational Tournament. However, a well coached Mildred squad was determined to pull off the upset.
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!
The Coliseum – Italy’s 7th grade boys make strong showing against a talented Hampton squad featuring one of the top Junior High prospects in the state. Also, Italy’s 8th grade boys show improvement as they leave it all on the court against the Hampton Phoenix.
How about some basketball? If you are interested in some high school action, Italy High School is the place for you to be December 4-6 at the dome. Play begins at 9:00 am on Thursday.
ITALY – The Italy Varsity Boys left the Meridian Yellow Jackets in their dust all night long as the Gladiators were simply driving through the lane in a different gear.
A hustling Italy J.V. Boys squad launched a relentless assault on Meridian and buzzed by the Yellow Jackets in the first game of the season. Italy dominated both defensively and offensively outscoring the Jackets by 20-points.
The Italy 7th grade basketball squads jump started their 2008-’09 seasons against Red Oak Life Monday evening at the Italy High School Coliseum. Both games went down to the wire leaving Gladiator fans hopeful about the season.
The Italy 8th grade basketball squads got the ball bouncing on their 2008-’09 seasons against Red Oak Life Monday evening at the Italy High School Coliseum. The games showcased many bright young stars from both Italy and Red Oak.