Highlands wins state honors from Louisville Courier-Journal

Sam Vinson hugs Coach Listerman as the Highlands Bluebirds stake claim to the KHSAA state boys basketball title at the 2021 KHSAA State Boys Basketball Championship, April 3, 2021.

A month after winning its first state championship in basketball, the Highlands boys basketball team continues to rack up honors.

Highlands swept the individual honors in the Louisville Courier-Journal all-state basketball team that the newspaper published May 8. The Courier-Journal, a sister publication to the Enquirer, named its all-state team based on balloting from head coaches around the state.

Highlands head coach Kevin Listerman was named the Coach of the Year in the poll. Senior Sam Vinson was named first-team all-state and earned the most votes among all players.

Listerman received 60 votes from the 92 coaches from around the state who returned ballots.

“The coaches know how much goes into any season, whether you’re successful or unsuccessful,” Listerman said in an article announcing his honor. “To be recognized by the peers around the state … is very humbling. I know how fortunate we were to get the draws and play the way we did. It makes me very proud, and it’s also a testament to my staff. As head coaches, we don’t do it by ourselves.”

Also in the article, Listerman said the past month since winning the state title has been “awesome,” especially hearing stories from long-time Highlands fans and sharing the championship with the Fort Thomas community.

Sam Vinson of Highlands  cuts down his part of the net at the 2021 KHSAA State Boys Basketball Championship, April 3, 2021.

He said his favorite moments came when the team visited the elementary schools in the area, showing off the Sweet 16 trophy.

“To see those little kids light up like there were superheroes walking through the hallway, that was so cool for me to see,” he said. “That has been the best.”

Vinson finished first in the players ranking ahead of Ben Johnson of Lexington Catholic, who was named Mr. Basketball in April. The NKU signee averaged 22.3 points and 9.4 rebounds and was a stat-sheet stuffer in the Sweet 16.

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