Former Dundee-Crown athletic director Al Zinke could not have been more correct many years ago when the Chargers needed a public address announcer in a pinch.
D-C teacher Chuck Feldmann and the late Dan Cavanaugh, who then was Hampshire’s football coach, figured they would just take in a Chargers’ game. When they arrived at the gym, the usual PA man was not there.
“Al Zinke said, ‘You’re the perfect guy,’ ” Feldmann said.
Feldmann slid right in and found a home doing boys and girls basketball games. His voice booms out “Welcome to Charrrrger Country!” before each game. He also has some fun with the officials, announcing that they are from places out of state, usually cities with interesting names.
Feldmann, a physical education teacher and former head football coach at D-C, will be inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 2 at Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena as a friend of basketball.
“It’s all about the kids,” Feldmann said. “I want them to have fun in their own arena. It’s been fun.”
“Charger Chuck,” as he’s known around the school, says he studies other PA announcers when he goes to Bulls’ games or college games at places like Loyola and Northwestern, always searching for ideas.
One of his own schticks has become the officials’ announcements right before tipoff. Feldmann has been known to belt out such gems as “Your IHSA officials are Scott Massie from Roswell, New Mexico, Steve Massie from Venice Beach, California and Rich Parsons from Poughkeepsie, New York.”
A long time back, Feldmann and his late wife Stacey would actually look through the atlas for great town names. The officials are onto him and always grin just before the game starts.
Feldmann has a personal favorite when it comes to officials’ residences. He once said that brothers Dave and Mike Zierk, along with their partner, “are on work release from Joliet Correctional Facility.”
Sroka hits milestone: Huntley forward Ryan Sroka passed 1,000 points for his three-year varsity career Monday at the Wheaton-Warrenville South Martin Luther King Tournament.
Sroka is the third boys player to pass 1,000 this season, joining Cary-Grove’s Beau Frericks and Huntley teammate Uchenna Egekeze.
Two more area boys players are likely to reach 1,000 points – C-G’s Frank Jakubicek (962) and Hampshire’s Collin Woods (905).
Good adjustments: C-G has seen all kinds of special defenses designed to slow down Frericks, the area’s scoring leader at 21.2 points a game. Glenbrook South threw a look at C-G in Monday’s Lake Zurich Martin Luther King Tournament championship game that Trojans coach Adam McCloud said they had not seen.
“They confused us,” McCloud said. “They ran three guys on the baseline, one guy in the middle and and one guy chasing Beau. That’s not a set we’ve seen before and practiced against. What that tells me is our guys are learning and playing together and not just running stuff. They’re playing together and finding ways to win. I’m just proud of our guys.”
WHAT TO WATCH
Jacobs at Crystal Lake Central, 7 p.m. Friday: The Golden Eagles won the first matchup at home, 64-40, but Central has improved a lot since early in the season.
Cary-Grove at Huntley, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The Red Raiders are one of the teams with the best shot at the undefeated FVC-leading Trojans. C-G won the first matchup, 63-53.
Crystal Lake South at Hampshire, 7 p.m. Tuesday: The Gators have scored more than 41 points only once in their last five games and Hampshire’s size, with every starter 6-3 or taller, makes it a strong defensive team.