Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) seniors Ali Diamond, Sophie Kolkka and Victoria Betterly were honored at the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association Awards Banquet on June 4.
Diamond, who received a scholarship to play lacrosse at Georgetown University next year, was named an All-American and an Academic All-American. She was also the Eastern Pennsylvania recipient of the prestigious Jackie Pitts Award presented by United States Lacrosse. Diamond scored 48 goals and assisted on 48 others this season for the Colonials. For her career, she had 208 goals and 123 assists.
The Pitts award recognizes a graduating senior in each U.S. Lacrosse Chapter who truly honors the game, is invested in the development of the game in her community, is an exceptional player who continually strives to improve her game and is an exemplary team member. She exemplifies the spirit of the game on and off the field. Academically, she is an outstanding student and a valued role model in her school
Ms. Pitts was a member of the U.S. Women's Team and U.S. Reserve Team from 1964-74. She served as the head coach of the U.S. women's squad from 1979-87, winning the first World Cup in 1982. She is a past president and vice president of the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA). She was inducted to both the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and is an honorary member of the USWLA, the former IFWLA and the Philadelphia Women's Lacrosse Association.
Kolkka was named to the All-Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (PASLA) Team and was the PASLA Suburban One League American Conference Player of the Year. Kolkka was also named an Academic All-American. She scored 34 goals and assisted on 29 this season. She had 109 goals and 48 assists for her career, despite missing her junior season with a knee injury. Kolkka received a scholarship to play lacrosse at St. Joseph's University next season.
Betterly was also named an Academic All-American. She scored 45 goals and assisted on 23 this season, and had 122 goals and 57 assists for her career. Betterly plans to play lacrosse at Christopher Newport University next year.
Additionally, PWHS senior Meghan Ely and junior Kennedy Reardon received PASLA Academic Awards.