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My introduction to Victoria came on a rainy night two years ago at a pool interviewing young swimmers. The first day on the job was already stressful enough, and the assignment was to talk with kids about going to a state-wide competition. It was also to take pictures and get identifications of what seemed like 100 kids. With a now-retired Advocate photographer, I made the most of the situation and came away with the story.

This week brings back those thoughts because it's once again time for the Games of Texas. This year's event is in San Antonio and runs from July 23-26. The past two years have been in the Round Rock-Georgetown area, but shifts to San Antonio this year. I know our area will be well represented by swimmers and boxers from both gyms in town, but I don't know about other athletes traveling down the road to compete.

If you're aware of athletes heading to San Antonio this week, shoot me an e-mail at wbloomquist@vicad.com or give me a call at 361-580-6509.