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Tigard boys to host season-opening hoop tourney

The event is named in honor of former Tiger player Cody Hardin

TIGARD - The Tigard boys varsity basketball teams will get its season started in a big way.

The Tigers will open up their 2011-2012 season by hosting the second-annual Cody Hardin Invitational, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Tigard High.

Teams from Beaverton, David Douglas and Canby will also be competing at the tournament.

Action starts Friday with a game between Beaverton and Canby starting a 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., Tigard will face defending tournament champion David Douglas.

On Saturday, the tourney consolation game will be played at 4 p.m. with the tournament championship game to follow at 5:30 p.m.

The tournament in named in honor of Tigard High graduate Cody Hardin.

Hardin was a member of the 2002 Tigard boys basketball team that won the state championship and in 2003 he earned all-league honors.

During his freshman year of college Hardin was diagnosed with leukemia. After a grueling nine months of fighting, Hardin was cancer free and joined the Tigard coaching staff during the summer working with the JV2 program.

The cancer returned six months later and Hardin fought for another year plus before passing away in 2006.

According to Tigard boys basketball coach Shawn Alderman, Hardin had a motto of, 'Give back what was given, teach what was learned, and encourage those who need it most.'

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The Tigard High School girls basketball team will open its season Tuesday when it hosts Central Catholic in a non-league game starting at 7:15 p.m.

The Tualatin girls basketball team opens its season Friday when it plays at Jefferson in a non-league contest starting at 7:30 p.m.

The Tualatin boys basketball team will open its season Friday when it hosts West Linn in a non-league game starting at 7:15 p.m.

The Sherwood girls get their season underway Saturday when they play at Lebanon at 1 p.m. The Sherwood boys will open their season Dec. 9 with a 7:15 p.m. game at Hillsboro.

The defending Class 3A state champion Horizon Christian boys team starts its season today (Thursday) when it faces Valley Catholic in a non-league game starting at 7:30 p.m. at George Fox University in Newberg.

The Horizon Christian girls team will open its season Friday with a 4:30 p.m. home game with St. Paul.