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The Shot of the Year

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Big Sky Senior Dustin Tulberg is the student manager for the Eagles.  And it's something he's extremely passionate about.

"For him, it just makes him feel good about himself, and then being able to coach the team on, he looks at that as his job, and he's very serious about it," said Dustin's Parents.
 
"He's super intense.  Really intense.  He's super energetic and enthusiastic, he's a real big extravert," said Big Sky JV Coach Tyler Hobbs.
 
A developmental disability may have changed Dustin's role on the team, but it hasn't kept him away from the squad he loves.

"I get them fired up, I talk to them and hound them if they aren't doing good, and say lets go, lets get a win!  And the boys like that," said Tulberg.
 
"He just loves the team so much, He's always really positive with us, and there to keep us going when things get tough,"
 
After three years of wearing practice jerseys, Dustin hoped he could wear a game jersey on senior night.
 
"He came to us, and said I want to play basketball, and I looked at coach Ferriter and said what do you think and he said lets suit him up," said Hobbs.
 
Just wearing a game jersey would have been enough for Dustin, he certainly didn't expect what would happen next.
 
"There was about a minute left, I looked down the bench, we made eye contact and I knew he was chomping at the bit, he wanted to get in there so bad, and I just said Dustin lets go," said Hobbs
 
So for the first time in his high school career, Dustin got a chance to play.
 
"I was so happy that coach Hobbs let me play basketball, because I didn't expect that coach Hobbs would put me in," said Tulberg.
 
In the final minute, his teammates did everything they could to get Dustin a basket. But after three chances, things didn't look good, but just before the buzzer went off, Dustin heaved up one more shot.
 
"To see your son achieve his dream, I just couldn't stop crying because I knew how happy he was," said Dustin's Parents.

After his big game, Dustin has been receiving a little extra attention
 
"He loves it, he thinks he's a rock star, which he is, he is a rock star," said Hobbs.
 
But despite his newfound celebrity, Dustin is just thankful he had the opportunity.
 
"It was the greatest moment of my life, that I never expected this was going to happen," said Tulberg.

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