Duncanville to Induct 2017 Class into Hall of Honor

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Duncanville ISD will induct its class of 2017 into the athletic Hall of Honor in January.

Inductees were nominated by community members and chosen through a selection committee. The 2017 Hall of Honor class includes Pantherettes Head Coach Cathy Self-Morgan, along with Duncanville High School graduates Sam Lowe, Tiffany Jackson, Shelley Finger, and Lori Sutherland Roditi.

The 2017 Hall of Honor ceremony will be held Monday, January 8, 2017, at the Duncanville High School Performance Hall at 7:00 p.m.  Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

The Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor was established to celebrate excellence and salute the contributions of individuals whose advancement of athletics in Duncanville ISD and beyond has made a profound difference in the lives of our young people. Nominees can be coaches, teachers, administrators, athletes, fans, or booster club members who have contributed significantly to Duncanville ISD’s athletics programs.

Inductee Bios:

Cathy Self-Morgan is in her 18th season at the helm of the Duncanville Pantherettes. In her 39 years of coaching, she has compiled winning records few ever achieve and has earned national recognition for her successes. Self-Morgan’s teams boast an 83 percent winning average and have won more than 1,100 games. Coach Self-Morgan has led her teams to eight State Championships including three titles while coaching at Austin Westlake and five with the Duncanville Pantherettes.

Sam Lowe was born and raised in Duncanville, TX.  He attended Fairmeadows Elementary, Byrd Junior High and graduated from Duncanville High School in 1991.  Sam was a member of Coach Phil McNeely’s first State Championship team in 1991 that finished the season with a 37-2 record.  Sam graduated from Duncanville High School ranked 14th in his class of 672 and attended the University of Texas where he received his degree in Business Finance from the McCombs School of Business. Upon graduation, he began his career at Great American Sports.  In his 22 years at the company, Sam has helped Great American Sports become the leading youth basketball tournament provider in Texas and one of the top providers in the country.

Tiffany Jackson was a member of the 2004 Duncanville Girls Basketball State Championship team. She played for the University of Texas women’s basketball team from 2003-2007 with 103 starts. Tiffany was selected in the first round of the 2007 WNBA draft by the New York Liberty. She played there until 2010 when she was acquired by the Tulsa Shock. This is Tiffany’s 9th year in the WNBA, and she currently plays for the Los Angeles Sparks.

Shelley Finger graduated from Duncanville High School in 1991. During her career at DHS, she was a three-year starter on the varsity soccer team as goalkeeper. With a record goals against average, Shelley helped the Panthers to three district and bi-district titles, one regional runner-up title, and the 1990 UIL State Soccer Championship. After graduating from DHS, Shelley played for the University of North Carolina where she was a four-year NCAA Division 1 National Champion, an All-American, Academic All-American, Final Four All-Tournament Team member and three time all-ACC team member, losing only one game during her collegiate career. Shelley graduated cum laude from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. Shelley is a practicing veterinarian and the medical director of a large veterinary hospital. She continues to give back to the community by coaching goalkeepers and mentoring local youth in the field of veterinary medicine.

Lori Sutherland Roditi graduated from Duncanville High School in 1998 as its most decorated female golfer. At DHS she was four-time district champion, winning a total of eight high school tournaments, four of them coming from her senior season.  Because of her high school and amateur success on the course, Lori earned a golf scholarship to Texas Christian University. After graduating from TCU Lori competed on the LPGA Futures Tour and the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour. During her stint as a professional golfer, Lori won the 2003 Texas Women’s Open. In 2007 Lori returned to TCU to become the assistant women’s golf coach.  During her time there, TCU qualified for NCAA post season play from 2007-2014. While coaching at TCU Lori met her future husband David Roditi, the TCU Men’s tennis coach.  They are the proud and tired parents of toddler boys.