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High schools: Superintendents place friendly wager on NBA Finals

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Karl Springer looking forward to Florida youngsters learning about Oklahoma.
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: June 19, 2012

Oklahoma City Public Schools superintendent Karl Springer and Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho are putting their city support in action.

The two have agreed on a friendly wager on the NBA Finals series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat.

The Heat led the best-of-7 series 2-1 heading into Game 4 Tuesday night in Miami.

If the Heat win the series, Springer will wear a Heat jersey and teach a class on Florida history at an OKCPS school when classes resume Aug. 1. If the Thunder wins, Carvalho will wear a Thunder jersey and teach a lesson on Oklahoma history to Miami-Dade County students in August.

“I am looking forward to seeing the pictures from Miami when Mr. Carvalho wears the OKC Thunder blue,” Springer said. “I have full confidence in our team, and this is a great chance for Floridians to learn more about Oklahoma City and our state.”


Dominique Alexander will spend a lot of time playing defensive end and outside linebacker for Tulsa Washington in the fall, but his college football future is much different.

Alexander verbally committed to Arkansas on Tuesday, where he is being recruited as a safety, according to new Hornets coach Marvin Dantzler.

“Different schools were looking at him at different positions,” Dantzler said. “He has played everywhere for us, but this year, he'll primarily be our weakside end and outside linebacker, and wide receiver on offense.”

Dantzler coached the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Alexander in track, where he ran on the Hornets' 400-meter relay team. Alexander is the younger brother of Derrick Alexander, who was an All-State player as a linebacker for Tulsa Washington in 2010. Derrick is now playing for Tulsa University.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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