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.”
HORNETS STAR ALEXANDER PICKS ARKANSAS
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.
HARDING, SCOTT SELECTED TO NATIONAL TEAM
Edmond Santa Fe defensive back Khari Harding and Sequoyah-Tahlequah quarterback Brayden Scott were among the 45 players from around the country named to USA Football's Under-19 team for the upcoming International Federation of American Football World Championship in Austin, Texas.
Oklahoma State offensive line commit Jack Kurzu is also on the roster.
The eight-team tournament runs from June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium.
Other participating national teams include American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama and Sweden. The U.S. won the inaugural championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio, and is the No. 1 seed this year.
The Americans open against American Samoa at 8 p.m. June 30. The gold medal game will be played at 8 p.m. July 7.
WOODARD GETTING STARTED AT TULSA
Edmond Memorial product James Woodard is just getting started in his career on the Tulsa University basketball team, having moved onto campus last week. But he's excited for the opportunity he's walking into.
With a new coach coming in, the whole program is taking the first steps of its new start under Danny Manning, and it feels like perfect timing for Woodard.
“I'm really excited about what they've got planned for me,” Woodard said. “I think it will be good, with the team getting a fresh start. We want to change the face of TU basketball. It will be exciting to see it progress toward what we want to do.”
Woodard, a 6-foot-3 guard, finished his senior season averaging 16.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in leading the Bulldogs through a two-loss season.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber