Prince Edward County High School senior Colin Werth (second from left) will graduate this Saturday. Colin, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, plans to walk across the stage to receive his diploma. The Werth Family from left are mom Diane, Colin, sister Gwen and dad Alex. (Photo by Rob Chapman)
HAMPDEN-SYDNEY - A handful of graduation photos have just arrived and colorfully decorate a table in the Werths' home. In just over a week, Colin is set to walk across the stage, shake the superintendent's hand, and receive his high school diploma.
"Yeah, I'm ready," Colin says, when asked if he's excited. "I've been ready. It was a big year."
It's been about four years since we visited with Colin and his family-dad Alex, a biology professor for Hampden-Sydney College, supportive shuttle-driving mom Diane and little sister Gwen.
Colin, a polite, soft-spoken young man, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Though he spends most of his school day in a power wheelchair, he plans to walk this Saturday. Gwen will be there for a helping shoulder should he need it.
"I'm actually...very well," Colin says, when asked how he is doing physically. "...Compared to other people with my condition, it's pretty rare...to find people like me that (are) 18 that are still walking."
Barbara and Stephen Wheeler, of Buckingham, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Dr. Karen Wheeler, to Brian Pace, son of Cynthia Koehn, of York, PA, and Wayne Pace, of Orwigsburg, PA. Their marriage was performed on March 11 on the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, with a honeymoon on Bora Bora.
NOTTOWAY - The Cumberland High School soccer roster started the season with a group of 19 healthy bodies. By the second half of Wednesday night's James River District contest at Nottoway High School, the Dukes were playing with just 10.
A man down.
It showed in the second half as Nottoway, which substituted liberally and moved players into less familiar positions, was still able to generate numerous scoring opportunities.
About 200 well-wishers were on hand Wednesday afternoon to send off the Longwood University softball team as they boarded the bus to the Knoxville Regional in the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament. The Lancers will play regional host, and tournament No. 7 seed, Tennessee on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the double-elimination tournament.
BUCKINGHAM - The Buckingham County High School softball team wasted little time gaining an early lead and holding it in a 13-0 victory over Cumberland High School on Tuesday afternoon at the BCHS Softball Field.
The Knights, who are pretty much cemented into the fifth spot for next week's James River District Tournament (beginning Monday at the still to be determined No. 4 seed) scored three runs in the first and five in the second, and went on to win in five innings.