RIPLEY - Rod Hudson is remembered for many things. He was a football and basketball official for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission for 20 years. His untimely death in 2010 at 55 left the community mourning the loss of one of their own.

Hudson is remembered as a man who cared about his community and the youth of Jackson County.

Growing up in Ripley, Hudson played nearly every sport offered. He was a three-sport athlete at Ripley High School from 1969 to 1973 playing football, basketball and baseball. Following high school, Hudson played a year of college basketball at West Virginia Tech and then moved on the next year to Glenville State College to compete on the gridiron for the Pioneers.

He later returned to Ripley and married Beverly Pitts Hudson, became a proud father of daughter, Trindi (Hudson) Doughty, and son, Erick Hudson, and a grandfather to two grandchildren, Kaylee and D.J. Doughty.

The Rod Hudson Memorial fund was established earlier this year. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from a Jackson County high school that is pursuing an undergraduate degree at a four-year college or university.
Ripley High School's girls hoops squad pays their own annual tribute to Hudson by hosting the Rod Hudson Memorial Tournament at Ripley Health Center.

The Lady Vikings are looking to defend their crown as tourney champions.
Ripley defeated Ravenswood in the Championship game in 2011, 49-35.
Riverside High and Sissonville will also be participating.
Ravenswood (2-3) will face Sissonville and Ripley (0-6) will face Riverside this evening on opening night. Tip off time is TBA.