Athletic Hall of Honor Inductees 2013
Michael Bacsik graduated from Duncanville High School in 1996. He was a three-year letterman in baseball and lettered one year in basketball. He received many honors in baseball in high school. In 1994 he was named Dallas Morning News Sophomore of the Year, and in 1996, he was named Dallas Morning News Player of the Year. He was selected to the All-State team for three years and was the District 9 5A Player of the year in 1996 and first team all-district teams in 1995 and 1994. He compiled a 32-3 record as a pitcher, ranking second all-time at DHS, with a 27-0 record in non-playoff games. His sophomore year in 1994, he pitched a regional semi-final no-hitter versus Temple High School. He signed to play ball at Texas Tech in the fall of 1995, going into his senior year.
Before enrolling at Texas Tech, Bacsik was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 18th round (543rd overall) in the 1996 MLB draft. He was in his sixth minor league season with the Indians organization before making his major league debut on August 5, 2001. He was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and received the 2001 Cleveland Indians Bob Feller Award. Mike went on to play 13 years (1996-2008) of professional baseball for six different organizations, including the Indians, Mets, Rangers, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Nationals. He was the first son of a Texas Ranger to play for the Texas Rangers in 2004.
In 2006, Mike Bacsik played on the USA Olympic qualifying team in Cuba. He was a teammate of former DHS standout Chad Allen on this team.
On August 7, 2007 Bacsik sealed his name to baseball history as he gave up career home run number 756 to Barry Bonds, who broke a 33-year-old record previously held by Hank Aaron. During the post-home run celebration, Bacsik tipped his cap to Bonds in a gesture of respect. Bacsik visited the Giants clubhouse to personally congratulate Bonds on his achievement, and Bonds gave Bacsik an autographed bat that read: "To Mike, God Bless. Barry Bonds." In major and minor leagues combined, Mike collected over 100 professional wins and over 1,000 professional strikeouts. Mike Bacsik graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from UTA in May 2012.
Leroy Fisher started his Duncanville career as an athlete at Duncanville High School. He was a three-year letterman (1965, 1966, and 1967) in football and also played baseball and track. He was tri-captain in football in 1967-68 and this same year was named defensive guard to the first All-District Team. During his senior year he was heavily recruited by the universities of Houston and Oklahoma. He accepted a full scholarship to the University of Houston, where he was red shirted and played for five years. He finished his playing career as the starting center for the University of Houston.
After his graduation from the University of Houston in 1972, Leroy was recruited by Coach Bill Savage to become a Duncanville football coach. Leroy was the first former Duncanville ISD football player to be asked to come back to his home school district to specifically coach football. Leroy saw this as a great honor and poured his heart into the Duncanville High School athletic program. As well as being a football coach, he coached baseball and golf and taught health and outdoor education. In 1973-1974 he coached freshman football, golf, and became involved in Duncanville’s baseball program becoming the assistant varsity high school baseball coach and head JV baseball coach. In 1974-1975 as the head ninth-grade football coach, he took the team to a 10-0 undefeated season. As the assistant varsity baseball coach, he had the privilege of being a member of the coaching staff that brought home the first state championship in baseball.
As a testament to the impact that Leroy has had on young lives, the players asked him to hold the trophy when it was presented on the field. The team had great respect for him as a former Duncanville baseball player. They saw his passion, for not only the game but also for Duncanville High School and its students. Having the opportunity to play a part in the special time of Duncanville sports’ history was the highlight of his coaching career. He continued as a high school assistant varsity football coach from 1975-1979. Leroy was a teacher and a coach for Duncanville ISD for eight years. After that he became a high school administrator and continued to serve for 21 years.
Being an assistant principal at the high school allowed him to assist in all the sports. Players knew that he supported them and often sought his advice when being recruited to universities and colleges. Leroy took an active part in the lives of all athletes.
Cinietra Henderson Mason graduated from Duncanville in 1989. She lettered in girls basketball all four years of high school. Cinietra led the Pantherettes to two back-to-back state championships in 1987-88 and in 1988-89. She averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds her senior year. After her senior year she was named a National High School Girls Basketball All-American. She was also awarded MVP of the UIL State tournament and Dallas All Sports Association High School Female Athlete of the Year. She was a unanimous all-district selection for three years in high school and was selected MVP of the district her junior and senior year.
Cinietra received a full scholarship to the University of Texas where she played under legendary Coach Jody Conradt. She earned a starting position her freshman year during the second game of the season. In four years at UT, she started in 91 out of 93 games. She led the team in five categories, including scoring, rebounding, and blocking shots. Her rebounding average of 10.6 boards ranks third best in UT history and her scoring average of 19.5 is ranked fifth. She was named to the Southwest Conference All-Tournament team in 1992. Cinietra was also named Dallas Morning News Player of the Week an unprecedented eight times.
In 1991, Cinietra played for the South Team that won the bronze medal at the 1991 USA Olympic Festival. The following year Cinietra was invited to play in the 1992 Olympic trials. She was a finalist for the U.S.A Jones Cup team and attended the 1992 USA Basketball Premier Post Program. After college, Cinietra was drafted by Team Sporting Athens in Greece. She played overseas for two years.
Currently, Cinietra works for American Airlines doing technical support for home-based agents. She currently lives in Duncanville and is raising two children - her son Joseph Mason and her daughter Coy Mason. She loves being a mother and spending as much time as she can with her family.
Jeremy Hurd participated in both Football and Track/Field at Duncanville High School from 1995-1999. In 1998, serving as team captain, he helped lead the Duncanville football team to the school’s first ever State Championship. He received the Dale Hansen Scholar Athlete of the Week Award his senior year. In 1997, Jeremy received the MVP award for leading the football team to a semi-final State Championship finish. In track, Jeremy was the regional champion and state qualifier in the 400 meter dash his senior year, and was a four-time letterman in track and field. Jeremy has always taken the time to give back and would regularly mentor elementary students while in high school. He graduated from Duncanville High School in 1999 in the top 10% of his class, and received a full scholarship to Rice University.
While at Rice, Jeremy continued to give back to Duncanville by mentoring youth during summer breaks as well as providing strength and conditioning training. At Rice, he participated in a program for at-risk youths and had the opportunity to chaperone them on an all-day trip to Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. He graduated with a BA in Economics.
Jeremy continues to periodically speak with students and high school football players in Duncanville and Cedar Hill. He helped put together the Chism Trail Football camp for underprivileged youth in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he had the opportunity to coach a little league football team. He is currently the ministry coordinator for the Adult Drama ministry at his church, and he is an annual participant in the church-wide Easter Resurrection productions at his church.
Jeremy has been a residential appraiser for the Harris County Appraisal District, an Electronic Loan Interface (E.L.I.) specialist with EMC Mortgage Corp., a data analyst for Financial Computer Software, and is currently a Military Programs Pricing Analyst for American Eurocopter.
He is married to his best friend from high school and the love of his life, Christina. Together they are raising two God-fearing children (a daughter and a son) as he and his family continue to walk the walk of a Christian life.
Julie Lake was a four-year varsity basketball player at Duncanville High School. Her team was a two-time state-finalist in 1992 and 1995. Julie was named 12-5A sophomore of the year. As a junior, she was MVP of 12-5A, Dallas Morning News All-Metro team, MVP at the Arlington Classic, and most valuable player at the 43rd annual SWAAU tournament. Julie's senior year she was USA Today's top 20 players of 1994. WBCA Kodak All-American in 1995. Parade All-American, Dallas Morning News Player of the Year, TABC Player of Year and Class 5A All-tournament team, Class 5A Player of the Year, unanimously selected First Team All-State by Texas Girls Coaching Association, Gatorade Texas Player of Year, Gatorade Southwest Region Player of the Year, TABC All-Star and TABC "Ms. Basketball of Texas." Julie was also a four-time AAU All-American and selected to be the torch bearer for the 1995 National AAU basketball tournament.
From Duncanville, Julie went to play at Texas Tech University. Julie was named SWC Freshman of the year in 1996. She set a freshman assist record for a single game in a season. She was selected to the Big 12 All-Tournament team in 1999. Julie scored over 1,000 points in her collegiate career. She is second in minutes played in the Texas Tech history, fourth on the All-time free throw percentage in tech history at (.829) percent, and fifth on the All-time assist record at Tech. Her team was SWC Champs her first two years and Big 12 Champions her last two years. The Lady Raiders were ranked in the top 20 in the nation all four years Julie was there.
Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science at Texas Tech. She has been personal training for the past 13 years. Julie trained at 24 Hour Fitness for 12 years and is currently independently training in Grand Prairie. Training is truly her passion - she loves changing people’s lives and leading her clients to a healthy lifestyle. Julie's drive daily is to get each one of the clients to their ultimate personal goals.
Julie's biggest blessing in life is her son. Jalen is a very smart young man and loves basketball! He started playing basketball at the age of four, and truly has the determination, love for the game, and hard work ethic day in and out. Julie is extremely proud of him and his love for God is evident in his everyday life.