Saturday, January 10, 2015

Former Elk PA announcer going global-Jared Lewis to call Harlem Globetrotter games

Jared Lewis has seen a lot of basketball over the years.

The longtime local sports announcer has played and coached the game for most of his life. But he readily admits he will be learning on the fly with his newest hoops gig.

“We’re at training camp this past summer and the guys set up for an alley-oop,” says Lewis, 37, who on this Christmas morning travels to Baltimore to join the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters as public-address announcer for their upcoming national tour. “I started to announce one guy’s name thinking he was going to dunk it, but there was actually a second alley-oop in the air! I’d say the wrong name and the players would look at me all mad.”

Welcome to the world of Sweet Lou Dunbar, Curly Neal and Meadowlark Lemon.

After spending the past 11 years in Bend announcing high school and various other sports, Lewis is set to hit the road for at least the next four months with the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Clown Princes of Basketball.

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