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  • OSU Baseball: Cowboys Headed To Clemson For Regional

    john helsley | Updated: 10 hr ago

    STILLWATER – As the NCAA Selection Show unfolded Monday, no Cowboys were huddled around computers or watching on TV. They were on the field at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. Practicing. Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday took a business approach to the revealing of the NCAA Tournament bracket,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Quarterback Mason Rudolph hits jet ski rider with perfect deep ball

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 14 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph is once again probably having more fun than you are this summer. One year after his religious retreat to Israel that included a run-in with members of the Backstreet Boys, the Oklahoma State quarterback once again sent social media on fire with another eye-opening...

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean discuss next wave of Cowboy pass rushers

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean are gone next fall and take with them a combined 42 career sacks. Next up? Four redshirt sophomores — Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and Cole Walterscheid — poised for potentially breakout seasons in 2016....

  • Baylor scandal a black eye on the Big 12?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The commissioner for Big 12 just happened to be down the street when news of Baylor firing football coach Art Briles came Friday morning. Bob Bowlsby has been posted up at the Big 12 baseball tournament this week, so our man Ryan Aber talked to him about Briles' firing (as well as...

  • Report: Former Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah signs four-year deal with Cleveland Browns

    Report: Former Oklahoma State defensive end... Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Former Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is officially a member of the Cleveland Browns. Ogbah, the No. 32 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, reportedly signed a four-year contract worth $6.6 million that includes a $3 million signing bonus, according to Ohio.com and OverTheCap.com....

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

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    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...



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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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