It was a December to remember at the Langley Events Centre.
The Willoughby facility hosted more than 9,000 people (accounting for ticketed events only), welcoming some of the best in professional and amateur sports.
The hectic schedule started on the first of the month when the LEC opened its doors for the Holiday Festival on Ice and 2012 Tsumura Basketball Invitational (TBI).
The Holiday Festival on Ice featuring Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, and Joannie Rochette, to name a few, drew 3,102 people to the LEC arena bowl.
Not to be outdone, 1,322 hoops fans watched the Findlay Prep Pilots, the second-ranked team in U.S. high school basketball showcase their athleticism in a 118-55 victory over B.C.'s No. 3-ranked team, the Walnut Grove Gators.
Since that game, Findlay has vaulted to the top of the rankings by USA Today.
The Findlay and Walnut Grove game was actually the second game of the TBI as Sir Winston Churchill defeated Terry Fox 8855 in the event's opener.
Just as both events were ending, Langley Gymnastics' annual fundraiser, Operation Red Nose, kicked off in the LEC parking lot.
The fun continued Dec. 2 as the Canadian Cancer Society welcomed 312 people to the LEC for its annual Relay for Life Skate with Santa. Guests were treated to a special surprise as they arrived when, in addition to Santa Claus' presence, Sinead Kerr, John Kerr and Kimmie Meissner (skaters from the Holiday Festival on Ice) were at the LEC practising, enjoying a pancake breakfast, and signing autographs.
The TBI continued on Sunday as well, with four of the top ranked girls' teams in the province squaring off, Findlay playing White Rock Christian Academy and Walnut Grove taking on W.J. Mouat.
Oak Bay (ranked No. 2) defeated Riverside (ranked No. 6) in a nailbiter by the score of 51-49.
In the second girls' game, local school Brookswood (No. 2ranked) knocked off the top ranked team from South Kamloops by a score of 71-58.
In the day's feature game, Findlay Prep continued its high flying ways and defeated White Rock Christian (ranked No. 4 in B.C.) by a score of 108-40 as the visitors from Las Vegas were too much to handle.
The last game of the TBI gave the local Gators a chance to show why they were ranked No. 1 in the province at the time, as they cruised, on the heels of a 44-point performance by Jaden Cohee, to an 82-58 win over W.J. Mouat.
It wasn't long after the Findlay Prep Pilots boarded their plane for Las Vegas that National Lacrosse League teams from Calgary and Colorado landed in Vancouver on their way to the LEC to take part in the second annual NLL at the LEC.
Professional lacrosse's second game at the venue was another success, with 4,112 fans showing up to watch the Calgary Roughnecks rough up the Colorado Mammoth by a 20-11 score.
In addition to the game, the weekend once again saw youth camps happening throughout the weekend as players ages six through 16 were able to receive instruction from the professional players and coaches as well as instructors from the BC Lacrosse Association.
December also featured a new addition to the LEC event calendar as Wrestling BC's War on the Floor came to the facility from Dec. 19 to 21.
The event featured some of the best in B.C. amateur wrestling.
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