Langley boxer Russell Lavery is on a roll.
The product of the Port Kells boxing club won a four-round majority decision over Scott Woodward from Abbotsford's Four Corners in the main event of a show in Vancouver last Monday, Jan. 28.
The night had plenty of star power. Dale Walters, who boxed to a bronze medal for Canada at the 1984 Olympics, refereed the bout. Former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield presented Lavery with a trophy after the final bell.
"It felt surreal shaking hands with such a recognized and motivaional boxing icon," Lavery said. "It was a moment I won't forget and putting on an entertaining fight in front of Evander made it that much sweeter."
Following his keynote address for the Amanda Todd anti-bullying fundraiser at Fraserview Hall, Holyfield lent his celebrity status to the boxing competition.
Prior to last week's event, Lavery won his five-round bout by majority decision over Brennan Patterson of Mission's Blue Corner boxing club at the most recent Clash at the Cascades show, held Jan. 18 at the Coast Hotel.
Lavery will now begin training for the provincials that are being held next month.
The Langley Figure Skating Club elementary synchro team was in sync at MSA Arena Jan. 26-27.
The local synchro team had two very clean skates in placing second at the Skate Canada Mountain Regional Synchro Championships.
LFSC coach Julie Kivinen said she was very happy with the skaters' efforts.
The synchro team's next performance will be at the LFSC's ice show, Dancing the Night Away being held Saturday, March 2. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. at the George Preston Recreation Centre. Tickets are available at the GPRC and Langley Sportsplex.
Interested in playing what's known as "the fastest game on two feet?"
Then sign up with the Langley Minor Lacrosse Association, which is hosting a registration day on Sunday, Feb.
24 in front of the Sport Chek inside Willowbrook Shopping Centre. Sign-ups run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members of the defending Western Lacrosse Association champion and Mann Cup finalist Langley Thunder are scheduled to attend.
Age groups for boys range from 2008-born mini-tykes to 1997-born midgets. Age groups for girls range from 2004born novices to 1994-born juniors.
LUSA REGISTRATION ONLINE
Registration for Langley United Soccer Association's spring leagues for boys and girls between the ages of four and 17 has recently opened and already, numbers are approaching 300 players.
The program runs from April into June and new players are welcome.
For more information and to register their son or daughter, parents can go online at www.luysa.com.
LGF GYMNASTS JOIN B.C.
Langley Gymnastics Foundation sent a pair of National athletes to Edmonton Jan. 25-27 as part of the Team BC contingent that competed at the National Stream Cup. Their results:
Alannah McPherson - 28th all around, tied for fifth on vault; and
Stephanie Bedry: 32nd all around On Feb. 7-10, LGF National gymnast Julian Geisler is off to Edmonton to compete in Elite Canada.