Player with autism shines during Oswego High School game
For some they find it on a wide open beach, for others in a small room of a quiet library, but Oswego sophomore Logan Pepper finds true happiness out on a basketball court.
His mother watches him do what he loves.
"To see him happy is the ultimate happiness," says Patti Torbitt. "Mean just to see his smile makes our whole family- we cried forever."
Logan has only been playing basketball for about month. His dad wanted him to play from a young age, but at two-and-a-half Logan was diagnosed with autism.
"He always wanted him to be some kind of sports star, and I was always, 'no, no, no. He's going to get bullied.' You know what I guess I should have believed him and now I really believe him," says Patti Torbitt.
Her mindset changed in 60 seconds at the tail end of a freshman basketball game between Bishop Ludden and Oswego, Tuesday night.
With Bishop Ludden up big, Logan enters the game. Bishop Ludden says what happened next was unplanned and spontaneous. Both teams started working together to help Logan make a basket. No matter who gets the rebound it goes back to him.
On his seventh shot Logan hits the buzzer beater.
"I was overwhelmed, totally proud momma," says Patti Torbitt.
Logan couldn't talk until he was four, so even while making a last second shot, perhaps his greatest achievement is simply being able to step out onto the court.
"He's gone from being afraid of a hair cut to being able to go in front of crowds at a basketball game," said Patti Torbitt. "It's just been- I never thought he would make it this far to be honest with you."
Since he made the shot, Logan has been more excited about things; more into life.
"The expression on his face is just different. I don't exactly know, but it's different," said Patti Torbitt.
Maybe it's because he now calls himself, "the Famous Logan Pepper."