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  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive lineman Nelson Mbanasor commits to Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 14 hr ago

    The younger brother of a current Oklahoma defensive back has committed to Oklahoma State's 2017 signing class. Nelson Mbanasor — a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive lineman from Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas) — made his decision on Twitter late Monday. His brother, P.J. Mbanasor, is...

  • OSU Basketball: Pokes, Hogs Set For Big 12/SEC Challenge

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Once upon a time, Oklahoma State and Arkansas played regularly in football. And in the decades since the series stopped, Cowboys fans have wished for more of the matchup, which only seems reasonable as a logical geographical nonconference clash. Well, it won’t be football, but the Pokes and...

  • Former OSU standout Brooks Thompson back in hospital

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Brooks Thompson's health struggles are continuing. In mid-April, the former Oklahoma State basketball player was diagnosed with double organ failure. That led to nearly a month in the hospital. Last week, he was discharged and sent home. But Wednesday morning, OSU public address announcer...

  • Report: Former Oklahoma State quarterback commit Nick Starkel explains reason he flipped to Texas A&M

    Report: Former Oklahoma State quarterback... Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Oklahoma State was left scrambling to find a scholarship quarterback for its 2016 signing class last winter when longtime Cowboy pledge Nick Starkel decommitted. Starkel — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound, quarterback from Liberty Christian High School (Argyle, Texas) — would later land at Texas A&M....

  • OSU Baseball: Walton Goes Home, One Last Time

    OSU Baseball: Walton Goes Home, One Last Time john helsley | Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Cowboys shortstop Donnie Walton grew up, literally, at ORU's J.L. Johnson Stadium, with the stadium serving as his playground, frolicking with the players and hanging around his "Pops," Rob Walton, the head coach. Donnie was always going to be a Golden Eagle, too, playing for his dad and...

  • OSU Football: Athlon Ranks Cowboys

    OSU Football: Athlon Ranks Cowboys john helsley | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    It's only mid-May, yet the college football annuals and previews are hitting newstands near you -- soon -- with long-time favorite Athlon available in stores May 24. And what fun, right? Who's No. 1? Where's your team? What are the biggest games, nationally and in the Big 12? Athlon,...

  • OSU Basketball: Tyree Griffin To Transfer

    OSU Basketball: Tyree Griffin To Transfer john helsley | Updated: Sun, May 15, 2016

    Tyree Griffin always envisioned himself as a starter. Yet with Jawun Evans returning to health, Griffin was bound for more backup duty. Except now, Griffin will seek a starter opportunity elsewhere. The junior point guard will transfer, a source within the program confirmed Sunday. Jon...

  • Former Cowboy Brooks Thompson discharged from hospital

    Former Cowboy Brooks Thompson discharged from... darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    In April, we shared with you the unfortunate news on former Oklahoma State player turned coach Brooks Thompson. Today, we're happy to pass along  some good news. Thompson's health has improved to the point he has been cleared to leave the hospital and head home. Larry Reece, Oklahoma...

  • OSU basketball lands 7-foot recruit from the Netherlands

    OSU basketball lands 7-foot recruit from the... john helsley | Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Brad Underwood's far-reaching recruiting efforts seem to be paying dividends. And in a big way -- a big-man way. The Cowboys have landed a commitment from 7-footer Lucas N’Guessan, a native of the Netherlands who plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain. N'Guessan announced his...

  • OSU Baseball: Cowboys Lead All-Big 12 Academic Team

    OSU Baseball: Cowboys Lead All-Big 12 Academic... Updated: Thu, May 12, 2016

    OSU is scoring on the field and in the classroom. The Cowboys placed a Big 12-best 14 student-athletes on the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Baseball Team and tied a program record with the number of first-team selections, it was announced by the conference office Thursday. Eight Cowboys were...

  • OSU Hoops: Gentry Completes Staff

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Brad Underwood's coaching staff now appears complete. The first-year Oklahoma State coach announced Wednesday the hiring of Stephen Gentry as director of player development. Gentry worked as an assistant coach the past three seasons under Underwood at Stephen F. Austin, where his primary...

  • Oklahoma State alum and country music legend Garth Brooks talks Big 12 expansion, hopes Cowboys stick with Sooners

    Oklahoma State alum and country music legend... Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    STILLWATER — When country music legend Garth Brooks isn't setting attendance records across the country for his revival tour, the Oklahoma State graduate has found some time to ponder other important topics. Like the future of the Big 12 Conference. Brooks made a guest appearance Wednesday...


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John Helsley

OSU Reporter Sr.

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.