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Destinie Villebrun reaches 1,000-point mark

Third sibling in family to achieve milestone

Tom Klein
Posted 12/1/12

FIELD TOWNSHIP – It took all of five seconds for Destinie Villebrun to enter the record books as the first Grizzly girl to score 1,000 points.

Villebrun entered Tuesday’s home opener against …

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Destinie Villebrun reaches 1,000-point mark

Third sibling in family to achieve milestone

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FIELD TOWNSHIP – It took all of five seconds for Destinie Villebrun to enter the record books as the first Grizzly girl to score 1,000 points.

Villebrun entered Tuesday’s home opener against Littlefork-Big Falls just two points shy of the milestone. Her fellow players got her the ball on their opening possession and Villebrun scored on a short jumper.

Afterwards, Villebrun said that was the plan. “The goal was to get it over as soon as we can and get on with the game,” she said.

Indeed, Villebrun saved the celebration of her achievement for after the game when cheerleaders presented her with a large banner, signed by team members, and team members were treated to ice cream cake.

Villebrun ended last season believing she needed to score 25 points before reaching 1,000 points. But Grizzly Head Coach Ashlee Zupancich said a review of Villebrun’s career stats revealed some mathematical errors the moved her much closer to the 1,000-point mark.

Assistant Coach Matt Rutchasky, who has coached Villebrun since she started playing varsity in eighth grade, said her success is a testament to her strong work ethic.

“She’s a hard worker and was always in the gym,” said Rutchasky. “She’s just a special kid.”

Coach Zupancich echoed those remarks.

“To get to this milestone says a lot about the time and work that she’s put in,” said Zupancich, adding that Destinie is “a lot of fun to coach” and a “good all-around kid.”

Added Zupancich, “She loves the game of basketball and it’s in her blood.”

Literally. Destinie’s sister Jenna is Orr’s all-time scoring leader, falling just 18 points shy of 2,000. Older brother Jordan also joined the 1,000-point club last season as the first Grizzly boy to achieve the landmark, and mother Jackie was on the first girls’ basketball squad at Orr and scored the first points in their opening game. Her dad Mike also played varsity basketball.

Destinie said she is making a shelf to display her basketball and has a new objective in mind.

“It’s always been my goal to beat my sister Jenna,” she said, adding that Jenna has encouraged her in her quest.

“I think that’s every sibling’s dream — to beat their older sibling,” quipped Zupancich.

In the meantime, Villebrun is looking forward to the season ahead. Achieving the 1,000-point milestone is just “one step closer to starting the season right,” she concluded.

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