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Cantonwine to lead volleyball program at STC

August 29, 2019
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What feels like four short years ago, Sam Holtz was getting her picture in the paper for her work as a South Tama County athlete. Now she has a new role that once again lands her in the local spotlight which is that of Volleyball varsity head coach.

Holtz is taking over the position from Amy Dolash who coached for the Trojans for four seasons. She's not the only new face to the coaching staff. STC middle school counselor, Leah Fonua, was named an assistant coach last spring. She also graduated from South Tama. Returning this season will be assistant coach Sarah Weiermann, another STC alum.

"It's good to have Sarah since I'm new, figuring out drills or working on something specific. I can bounce ideas off of her. She has a ton of drills in mind. It's good to be able to use last year's drills as a base as well. It's also great to have Leah. She is the school counselor at the middle school and she kind of serves as the school counselor for the team as well because she is very honest but says things in a nice way so a lot of girls will go to her. She works a lot with the setters and on the right side since that's what she did in high school. I think we are each finding our roles," said Holtz.

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New head coach, Sam Cantonwine, takes a walk around the gym observing the STC volleyball players in practice on Monday, August 19.
News Herald Photo/Allison Graham

The new staff has been putting the team to work with summer weight lifting workouts. They also started their first full week of practice on August 12.

"Between the three sessions we've had about 15-20 girls which is great to see because in the past we have just started the week before the camp. It's been cool because we've had all summer in the weight room working hard," said Holtz.

Holtz has five core seniors including Katie Riha, Jaydee Thiessen, Maisie Lacina, Destinie Johnson and Clarissa Rosenberger. From 9-12 grades she has around 30 girls participating.

"I'm most looking forward to seeing how they take what they did in the off season and see how that affects the regular season," said Holtz.

Holtz graduated from South Tama in 2014 and then went on to Wartburg where she was an All-American thrower on the Track and Field Team. She graduated from Wartburg in 2018 and started working for South Tama at the Elementary as the Talented and Gifted Teacher.

Taking a head coaching position isn't the only major change in her life. Holtz will be getting married on Saturday to her fiance, Dave Cantonwine. She'll have a couple of days to enjoy married life before the madness of the season sets in.

You can catch a scrimmage by the team at the annual Trojan bowl tonight (Friday, August 23) starting at 5:00 p.m. Their first competition will be in Grinnell on Thursday, August 29.



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