The event honors Steven Hodson who passed away in 2008 after an eight-year battle with Multiple Cell Myeloma.
In 1983, Hodson was hired as a coach on the Cedar boys’ basketball team. From then until the end of his life, Hodson helped shape the environment and culture of basketball in Cedar City. He worked as an assistant coach at what was then Southern Utah State College, head coach for Cedar boys’ basketball, head coach for Canyon View boys’ basketball, head coach for Canyon View girls’ basketball, and head coach of SUU women’s basketball.
The tournament in his honor also acts as a fundraiser with proceeds going to help individuals and families battling with cancer.
Now, as the tournament has grown into a firm tradition, the game-play aspect of the event has also come into play.
“It's very important,” said Cedar girls’ basketball coach John Elison. “The tournament helps build up momentum that can get lost between the pre-season games and when we start to play regional games.”
Each participating team played at least three games. On the boys’ side, Canyon View first faced Grantsville. Grantsville's Josh Harrison scored 23 points to beat the Falcons 43-38. Canyon View went on to hit 45 percent of its field goals to beat Richfield 52-46 before losing to Park City 51-44.
The boys’ team from Cedar ended the tournament with three clean wins against Park City (66-54), Moapa Valley (74-40), and Virgin Valley (56-34).
On the girls' side, Canyon View just barely squeaked under Juab, losing 33-36. They then went on to win two huge victories over Lincoln County (57-30) and Virgin Valley (64-27)
The Lady Reds shared a similar result with Canyon View, beating Lincoln County (66-34) and Virgin Valley (42-32), but falling just under Juab 40-43.