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Living with epilepsy, HS player sets scoring record

Updated: Friday, January 10 2014, 05:47 AM CST

Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- A small high school basketball star is setting scoring records while living with epilepsy.

Connor Shroyer, a senior at Harrisburg Christian, recentlly scored 29 points in a game on January 7 to set his school's all-time scoring mark.

He's pretty special.

One-of-a-kind at his school, which has about 30 students in its graduating class.

He's also one of 26; the ratio of Americans who will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

"Oh, I just say I have a few things wrong upstairs," said Shroyer, when asked what he tells people about what goes on his brain. "And I just go on with my life like anybody else would."

Epilepsy is a medical condition with more questions than answers (the cause is unknown for 6 of out every 10 people with epilepsy). That's why its easier being Shroyer's head coach than his father, says Dave Shroyer.

"I don't know if he thinks about it, but as a parent you're always worrying about it," said Dave Shroyer.

Part of living with epilepsy is learning to control epilepsy and Connor Shroyer's been able to do that with medication -- though he was kept off the court for a brief time in seventh grade while he was being diagnosed.

He's fortunate he's had only three seizures since middle school.  "He is still hopeful that this is something he can outgrow," said his mother, Kim Shroyer.

He'll never lose that sweet stroke, though, which made him the school's all-time leading scorer with 1557 points and counting. The old record had been in place since 1993. Last year, he lead his school in scoring, rebounds, and blocked shots and was named a National Christian School Athletic Association first team All-America.

Once embarrassed by having epilepsy, he's embraced it.

"I became a scoring champion with epilepsy; so you can pretty much overcome anything if you put your mind to it," said Shroyer.

One-of-a-kind at his school.

But also just like everyone else.

Shroyer, who was 23 points shy of the mark set in 1993, made the record-setting bucket in the third quarter. The 6'4" senior now has 1557 points for his career.

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