Clark, Mason County step up to help victims: Montgomery County raised more than $1,000 for the American Red Cross Kentucky Cares program to help victims of last week’s tornado outbreak that claimed 22 lives. During the final night, fans from Clark County raised $464 and Mason County contributed $105. The 10th region can now donate more than $1,000 to the Red Cross. Received this note from Charlotte Jones: “Thanks for your help getting the word out. After my last announcement a kind gentleman from Clark County gave $40 to put us over (the $1,000 mark).”
— As George Rogers Clark proved, preseason rankings mean little in March. As a result, the Cardinals will be playing in the Sweet Sixteen for the second year in a row.
— Ann Stenzel made a point during the postgame. Her oldest son Robbie ended his prep career at Rupp Arena. Her youngest son Bopper will be doing the same thing next week.
— Montgomery County High School did a excellent job as tournament host and did an even better job during the postgame celebration after Clark defeated Mason County for the title.
— Each Clark player I spoke with afterward never doubted the Cardinals would return to Rupp Arena this year. When asked when everything started clicking, they each agreed it started following last year’s loss to Louisville Eastern in the state quarterfinals.