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For CB’s Dickson, silver and bronze it is

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For CB’s Dickson, silver and bronze it is

Camryn Dickson became the first Clear Brook state medalist in 13 years, bringing home a silver in the 200 and a bronze in the 100 at the 2021 UIL State Championships May 8 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The junior first raced in the 100, taking third at 11.47 seconds as San Antonio Reagan’s Jasmine Montgomery won gold with a time of 11.09, setting a Texas all-time best in the event along the way.

The silver medal and a time of 11.44 went to Schertz Clemens’ Saniya Friendly.
Roughly an hour and a half later, Montgomery was first to the line in the 200 in a time of 22.94 for her second state all-conditions record clocking.

Dickson, unbeaten at both distances during the 2021 season prior to state, took second at 23.28, with Westfield’s Anivea Gilbert third for the bronze in a time of 23.60.

Montgomery, a University of Oregon signee, also anchored Reagan’s 4x100 relay squad to a silver medal as she was responsible for 24 points in the Class 6A meet.

DeSoto won the 6A girls’ state team title with 72 points, while the Montgomery-led Reagan group finished second with 50 points.

Montgomery also set San Antonio city records in the 100 and 200. Reagan’s time of 45.00 in the 4x100 is also a city record.

Clear Brook’s last state track and field medals before now were claimed by current Lady Wolverines’ head coach Erica Alexander in 2006.

While Montgomery is headed to national power Oregon, Dickson has received scholarship offers from several big-time Division I programs ahead of her 2021-2022 senior year.

Dickson will be looking for a third trip to state next season as well.

She competed in and took eighth in the 2019 100 state final.

Homeless vet helped off streets

The Harris County Precinct 2 Homeless Outreach Team was recently successful in getting a U.S. Air Force veteran off the street and into an apartment.

Created by Precinct 2 Constable Jerry Garcia, the Homeless Outreach Team was formed to address the South Belt area’s growing homeless problem.

The team first made contact with Douglas Blanton in mid-January under the Almeda Genoa underpass along the Gulf Freeway, where he was staying in a tent.

Blanton told team members he was a veteran and that he received a monthly check from Veterans Affairs that is sent to Wells Fargo bank, but he can’t withdraw the money without proper identification.

Blanton, who also suffers from substance abuse, further told team members that he has been homeless for more than 15 years and has lost all contact with his family.

Prior to being homeless, Blanton said he lived a different life.

Blanton served in the U.S. Air Force from 1974 to 1978 and was stationed at Clark Air Force base in the Philippines toward the end of the Vietnam War. He was once married and has a son who is a U.S. Navy officer.

On Monday, Jan. 25, the Harris County Precinct 2 Homeless Outreach Team, in collaboration with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the nonprofit group H.O.P.E. Haven, were able to meet with Blanton and connect him with medical services at the Veteran Affairs Hospital to treat his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After Blanton was treated, he was connected with housing resources with the ability to obtain a new ID card.

Following his stay at the VA hospital, Blanton was admitted into detox at CENiKOR in Deer Park on Jan. 28. On Monday, Feb. 1, Blanton began the paperwork necessary to receive his own apartment, and on April 30, he was finally housed.

“It took us three months to complete his process, but this great day finally came,” said Sgt. Ray Perez of the Precinct 2 Homeless Outreach Team. “Mr. Blanton has been homeless for over 15 years, and he now has a place to call home. He will no longer have to be at risk from becoming a victim of crime. He will no longer have to survive the freezing cold weather. Mr. Blanton now has a fully furnished apartment with resources on site to help him with his needs.”

Perez is hopeful that the newly created outreach team can build on this success.

“I truly believe that with more resources to our Precinct 2 agency, we can multiply our success and continue to do God’s work and save others.”

Blanton, he said he plans to get his life straight and reconnect with his family. He additionally said he hopes to one day learn how to fly.


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