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  • Oklahoma State basketball: Scouting Maryland

    John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    There’s a big game coming to Gallagher-Iba Arena Sunday. Finally. And not just a big game, but a big boy program with big-time tradition: Maryland. After nearly two months of treading through the likes of Southeastern Louisiana, Prairie View A&M, Northwestern Oklahoma State and Middle...

  • HS football: A little something to restore your faith in humanity

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of writing about Team Roberts. It was the story of Crossings Christian linebacker Christian Osterhout and how he became part of coach Chris Roberts’ family after both of his parents died within a couple years of each other. Their story was so inspiring that the...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboy running back commit Ronald Jones reopens his recruitment

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    VIDEO The top-rated commit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 class announced on Twitter late Sunday that he’s re-opening his recruitment. Ronald Jones — a 5-foot-10, 182-pound running back from McKinney North High School (Texas) — verbally pledged to the Cowboys in April. His older sister is a junior at...

  • OSU 73, Memphis 55: Five Thoughts

    John Helsley | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The Cowboys led most of the way and led big throughout the second half, grabbing an important 73-55 road win Saturday at Memphis. OSU, moving to 8-1, led by as much as 22 in the second half and just missed becoming the first team since Cincinnati in 1999 to drop a 20-point home loss on […]

  • Oklahoma State football: What to make of the Tyreek Hill saga and Mike Gundy’s decision

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    When Tyreek Hill crossed the goal line late in the fourth quarter last Saturday in Norman, he all but sealed his fate as a Bedlam legend. Screen printed t-shirts with his punt return path were in the works. Mason Rudolph and Dave Hunziker called him, “The Cheetah.” A reader from Texas emailed...

  • Oklahoma State football: Call for reader reaction on Tyreek Hill's rise, fall and dismissal

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    . Saturday night, Tyreek Hill was a Bedlam hero. Friday morning, an arrest report and probable cause affidavit painted a much different and heinous portrait of the Oklahoma State football star. And by Friday night, Hill’s Oklahoma State athletic career was over, as he was dismissed from Cowboy...

  • Report: Oklahoma State gets commitment from UAB transfer Victor Salako

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Oklahoma State may have picked up the offensive line help it needed in former Alabama-Birmingham offensive tackle Victor Salako. Salako (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) will reportedly transfer to OSU for the 2015 season. UAB announced last week that it was shutting down its football program, leaving the...

  • Tyreek Hill: Tolerance for domestic violence is vanishing in sports

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    In October 2013, Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault in a domestic incident. Neither the league nor the Avs suspended Varlamov. A year later, in October 2014, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested on...

  • Media report: Oklahoma State assistant strength coach Trumain Carroll to join Van Malone at SMU

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    . Trumain Carroll, an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Oklahoma State since 2013, will join former Cowboy cornerbacks coach Van Malone at SMU, according to coachingsearch.com. Carroll will be the head of strength and conditioning for the Mustangs, the report states. Carroll was...

  • Oklahoma State football: An oral history of The Return

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The fog rolled into Norman before kickoff Saturday much like the ominous cloud that hung over Oklahoma State’s football program. Five-straight losses by a score of 201-68. A freshman quarterback in his second college start on the road at OU. Questions surrounding a 10th-year coach for his press...

  • VIDEO: (Mason) Rudolph brings holiday cheer to music class project

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    OK, the reference – especially this time of year – was too easy. Mason Rudolph… the famous reindeer. Too easy to resist. And a lot of folks took their shots at putting Rudolph, the player, to rhymes and song, after he helped lead the Cowboys to a 38-35 overtime Bedlam win. And hey, he did...

  • Oklahoma State football: Kansas State safety commit Bryce Balous flips, picks the Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Bryce Balous — a 5-foot-11, 180-pound safety from McKinney North High School (Texas) — has committed to Oklahoma State’s 2015 class after a previous verbal commitment to Kansas State. Balous’ change in status was first reported by Alex King of footballbraniacs.com: LINK Balous (a Rivals-rated...



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John Helsley


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John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was deep-rooted at an early age.

Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.

John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.



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