|Bluebirds Hope to Prove They're Not a One-Hit Wonder|
|PHOTO: Dale Dawn. Highlands junior guard Sam Vinson (20) goes up for a shot against Newport last year. Vinson is the lone starter returning from last year's 20-12 squad.|
The Bluebirds recorded a 20-12 mark reaching that win total for the first time since that season and made it to the 9th Region Tournament for the first time since 2014. Highlands also snapped a number of long losing streaks to a number of region opponents in Newport Central Catholic, Covington Holmes, Dixie Heights, Covington Catholic and Covington Holy Cross.
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Highlands graduated nine seniors from that team including four starters. Power forward Ben Sisson took his talents to Kentucky Wesleyan University. The other eight are guards Ryan Leigh, Jack Hegge, forwards Austin King, Grady Cramer, wings Tristan Thompson, Alex Starkey, Nate Roberts and power forward Will Salmon. The Bluebirds graduated more than 82 percent of the scoring off that team.
Seventh-year Highlands Head Coach Kevin Listerman admitted the Bluebirds should take steps back on paper. But he's glad the team has the lone returning starter from last year in junior guard Sam Vinson and senior guards Jacob Brass and Hunter Ahlfeld to rely on early in the season as the most experience returning from last year. Vinson averaged just under 10 points per game last year.