Community notebook: Wait-Molyneux picked by USA Jrs.

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Colby Wait-Molyneux of Vancouver has been selected to the USA Cycling junior team for world championship races this month in Denmark.

The 17-year-old will compete in both the road race and in the time trial during the 2011 UCI Road World Championships, which take place Sept. 19-25 in Copenhagen.

Wait-Molyneux qualified for the time trial at the junior world championships with his victory in July at one of the top races on the junior world circuit, the Tour de l’Abitibi at Quebec, Canada. Wait-Molyneux was selected by USA Cycling to also represent the United States in the junior road race.

The time trial is on Sept. 20. The road race is on Sept. 24.

A senior at Skyview High School, Wait-Molyneux is currently training and competing in Europe in advance of the world championships.

His best results in Europe so far this summer include a sixth-place finish on Saturday in a time-trial stage during the GP Ruebliland stage race in Switzerland. A total of 122 riders competed. On Aug. 13, Wait-Molyneux took fifth place among 116 racers in the time trial at Trofeo Karlsberg stage race in Germany. On Aug. 24 in Belgium, he placed sixth at the Erpe-Mere Kermesse.

CCYF food drive is a winner

The Clark County Youth Football and Titans Youth Foundation Food Drive collected donations equal to about 34,000 pounds of food for the Clark County Food Bank. The third-annual event was held on Aug. 27 during the Clark County Youth Football kickoff jamboree at Battle Ground High School.

The sixth-grade Titans team brought in nearly 10,000 pounds of food to lead the way. The Titans were one of three teams that won a pizza party at Pied Piper Pizza as a result of collecting the most donations.

Food drive organizer Nolan Henry, a freshman at Union High School, said that the goal for the 2011 food drive was to collect 20,000 pounds of food. A total of 14,336 pounds of food was donated on Aug. 27. Adding in the cash donations, the drive collected the equivalent of 33,131 pounds of food at the CCYF jamboree. Henry said that with donations continuing, the final total might pass 34,000 pounds.

Henry said more than 100 volunteers from CCYF and the Titans Youth Foundation helped make the food drive a success.

Scores from the first week of Clark County Youth Football play are in the Community Sports Scoreboard.

Special day at Safeco Field

Twelve athletes from Clark County Special Olympics played a game at Safeco Field on Aug. 14 prior to the Seattle Mariners game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Clark County Special Olympics Braves played a friendly game against the Special Olympics Metros.

Playing at Safeco Field for the Clark County Braves were: Daniel Baragary, Adam Barr, Jason Baumgartner, Tom Brunner, Michael Cook, Tim Cook, Dennis Dole Jr., Jason Downey, Becky Johnson, Sam McIntyre, Andrew Stekhuizen, and Bryanna Zychowicz. The coaches for the game at Safeco Field were Cathy Barr, Bryan Cook, Rick Cook, and Audrey Stekhuizen.

Special Olympics provides training and competition in various sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

For more information about its programs, contact Clark County Special Olympics sports coordinator, Rick Cook at CCSOWA@live.com.

Boxing tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for an Oct. 8 boxing event at the Clark County Event Center that will include an appearance by former professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

The pro-am show will feature Vancouver’s Virgil Green fighting for a Washington state title belt. Green began boxing as an amateur with the Vancouver Police Activities League. This show is a major fundraising event for the Vancouver PAL program.

Tickets are available through Tickets Oregon at www.ticketsoregon.com. They cost $28.50 for preferred seating, $18.50 for general admission.

To learn more about the event, visit the Vancouver Police Department website at http://www.cityofvancouver.us/police.asp.

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