His climb up the bleachers wasn't as graceful as the other students who filed inside Severna Park High School's gymnasium last week for the regional basketball playoffs, but like any other task, 17-year-oldWally Truelove managed just fine.
Truelove, a senior at Glen Burnie High School, was born with Tarrs Syndrome, a genetic disorder thatcauses a shortening or contraction of the limbs. His hands are attached to his shoulders, and one leg is longer than the other. But as Glen Burnie Principal Midgie Sledge says, "Wally is not a handicapped teen-ager, he's a teen-ager who happens to have a handicap."
He's been involved with the Glen Burnie sports program since the ninth grade, first as a manager for the wrestling team and later withthe baseball and boys basketball teams. Anyone looking to copy the Gophers' starting lineup, or seeking additional information about the team, is told to go see Wally.