Five standout Duncanville High School athletes who left their mark on this community and the sporting world will be inducted into the Duncanville ISD Athletic Hall of Honor. The 2019 class of honorees include - Brigetta Barrett (Track & Field), Nick Junior (Football and Baseball), Brandon Kent (Baseball), Cathy Nixon (Basketball) and Adam Wooten (Football and Track & Field).
The Hall of Honor event will take place Saturday, September 14 at the Duncanville High School Shine Performance Hall starting at 3 p.m.
Brigetta Barrett was one of the top high jumpers in the nation during her high school career at Duncanville High School. She set a record mark with a jump of 6’1”. Brigetta won the Texas State Meet in 2008 and 2009 and was also the Texas Relays High Jump Champion in 2008.
Brigetta attended the University of Arizona and is the highest jumping female athlete in NCAA history at 6’8”, the NCAA Outdoor Collegiate record holder at 6’6.25”, and the most decorated high jumper in NCAA history with six consecutive individual Indoor/Outdoor National Championship titles. She was the Pac-12 Woman of the Year in 2013, the World Championship Finalist (2011), World University Games Champion (2011), Olympic Trials Silver Medalist (2012), IAAF Outdoor World Championship Silver Medalist (2013), and the Olympic Games Silver Medalist in (2012).
Brigetta is currently pursuing a career in film, radio, and television and has made vocal appearances at the Fiesta Bowl BCS Game, NCAA Track and Field Championships, Millrose Games, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Nick Junior was a two sport athlete while at Duncanville. He played football under Jackie Edwards where in his junior year he was 1st Team All District defensive back and his senior year he was 1st Team All District Defensive Back and 2nd Team All District Quarterback. He also received All Metro Honors at Defensive Back.
In baseball, Nick played for Jay Miller. Nick was the catcher for the 1976 State Championship team, the 1977 State-Finalist Team, and the 1978 State Semi-Finalist Team. During his baseball career, Nick was All State and All State Tournament in 1976 and All Metro in 1978. Nick is tied for 2nd in stolen bases with 22 in 1978.
After high school, Nick attended Trinity Valley Junior College on a football scholarship. At Trinity, Nick received All Conference Defensive Back and All American Defensive Back Honors in 1979. After Trinity Valley, Nick transferred to East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. At East Central, Nick received all OIC Conference Honors and All District NAIA Honors in 1980 and 1981 as Defensive Back.
After college, Nick started his coaching career and coached high school sports in Texas for 37 years, retiring in 2015. His influence on young men during that time period, he says, is his greatest accomplishment. During his coaching career in football, his teams were Bi-District finalist six times, Area Finalist seven times, Regional Quarter Finalist three times, and Regional Semi-Finalist one year.
Of Nick’s years in coaching, he was head baseball coach for twelve years. In those 12 years, his teams were Bi-District Finalist three times, Area Finalist three times, Regional Quarter Finalist three times, and Regional Finalist twice. Nick was named District Coach of the Year in 1996, 2006, 2007 and Centex Baseball Coach of the Year in 1994.
Brandon Kent was a vital part of a very successful baseball program during the 1991, 1992, and 1993 seasons. Among the All-Time Duncanville High School pitching records, Brandon currently has the following rankings: winning percentage for a season # 1 13-0 in 1993, average strikeouts per game #2 11.40 in 1991, average strikeouts per game #3 10.66 in 1992, average hits/games allowed #1 3.02 in 1993, career wins #4 28-3 from 1991-1993.
Brandon was drafted by the Detroit Tigers but instead played at Blinn Jr. College for two years to improve his skills. He had arm surgery in 1995 and sat out a season in 1996 to complete his degree. He played baseball at the University of Oklahoma from 1996-1998 under Coach Larry Cochell. He was a member of the Inaugural Big XII Tournament Champions in 1997.
Brandon received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 and was a member of the OU baseball coaching staff from 1999-2000 under Larry Cochell as a graduate and volunteer assistant.
Cathy Nixon played as a freshman on Sandra Meadows’ first team in 1980 – 1981 and in her four years, she led the Pantherettes to the State Championship finals twice. She made All-State all four years and High School All American her junior and senior year.
She attended Brigham Young University and was a four-year starter. She is the fifth highest scorer and the 6th all-time leader in blocked shots at BYU. She was enshrined into the BYU Athletics Hall of Fame 12 years ago.
She served as an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for 4 years, then an Assistant Coach at Utah Valley State College the next four years. She was named Head Women’s Coach at UVSC-UVU in 1995 and was named Senior Associate Athletic Director at UVU in May 2019.
Nixon is distinguished as the only women’s basketball coach in the history of the NCAA to transition a program from the NJCAA (junior college) directly into NCAA Division I levels. During her career, she guided players to tremendous success in the classroom with teams landing on the WBCA Division I Academic Top 25 honor roll nine times and twice claimed the top national spot on the honor roll.
Nixon also pioneered a mentor program to link student-athletes to accomplished community professionals and connected student-athletes to the community through consistent meaningful service opportunities at various organizations.
Adam Wooten participated in both football and track and field at Duncanville High School from 1997-2000. He is one of only two Duncanville athletes to be part of a state championship team in two different sports.
Adam participated in football and track all four years of his high school career. In 1998, Adam was a member of the first Duncanville High School football state championship team.
In track, Adam is the school record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. He was a member of the first track and field state championship team in 2000. He was an individual state champion in the 200 meters and second in the 100 meters state finals.
Adam was also a key member of the State Champion 4 x 100 meter relay with the fastest time in the nation of 40.23. Adam was a two-time High School All American in track and field. He was the 2000 Dallas Morning News Male Athlete of The Year recipient and a member of the Dallas Morning News Track Team of The Year.
Adam received a full scholarship to Texas A&M University in track and field. While at Texas A&M, Adam was a part of the Texas A&M Big XII Championship Team and was an individual champion in 2001. He was also named 2001 Big XII Track and Field Athlete of The Year and was a three time all Big XII Champion in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4 x 100 relay.
Adam moved onto become a member of the Sam Houston State University track and field team from 2002-2005 and became the Sam Houston Track and Field MVP in 2005. He was the school record holder in several events. He was a three time All Southland conference Selection in 2002 - 2005, the Southland conference record holder in the 100 meter, a member of the two-time Southland Conference Championship team, and inducted into the Sam Houston State Hall of Fame in track and field in 2017.