60 years ago

Silva and Anselmo buy Continentel Restaurant: In a deal which was completed this week, Joe Silva and Frank Anselmo have purchased the interests of Tony Continente in the Continentel Restaurant and Bar situated in the Hotel Brentwood. The sale is to be consummated Sept. 28, and the new owners will take full possession as of the first of the month.

Plans announced by Silva calls for the restaurant to be operated as the House of Prime Ribs, featuring steak, chicken and Italian dinners. Anselmo expected to reopen the restaurant for luncheons this week, but it will be about two weeks before planned alterations can be finished and the dinner schedule started. The restaurant has been closed for the past three weeks.

25 years ago

New Panther volleyball coach likes 'gutty' young team: Antioch High's John Whitman has coached basketball and baseball on the varsity level, but never coached volleyball. Despite that the coach has already found he has a lot in common with the athletes on the Panther girls volleyball team.

"The girls' attitude is that they hate to lose. They're extremely competitive and they're perfectionists. They're a lot like me," said Whitman. Competitive attitudes will be a start to reversing Antioch's recent volleyball misfortunes. Last year's team finished 4-10, nine games out of first place in the now defunct Diablo Valley Athletic League. But there is young talent in the program as seen by the junior varsity team's 1987 records of 11-3 in league, 18-3 overall.


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Whitman has presided over the young talent as the junior varsity coach for the last four years before accepting the varsity job this year. The girls Whitman coached as JV players already knew what to expect from the new varsity coach while the returning varsity players quickly learned.

"The girls understand my philosophy," Whitman said. "We won't spend a long period of time in practice, but when we do practice, we'll have an intense workout.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files

Things will go very quickly. Practice won't be boring at all."

And the games won't be too complex. Whitman's philosophy is to play good, fundamental volleyball, and leave the tricky strategies to others. "We're using the keep-keep-it simple principal to its fullest extent." said Whitman.

Brentwood News and Daily Ledger news files