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  • Oklahoma State wrestling: Nine Cowboys make NCAA field, Dieringer gets top seed

    Trent Shadid | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Nine Oklahoma State wrestlers were awarded bids to the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday with six receiving a top-16 seed. Junior Alex Dieringer is the No. 1-seed at 165 pounds. Dieringer is 29-0 on the season. He won a national title at 157 pounds last season. OSU’s Eddie Klimara (No. 7 at 125...

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says former starting quarterback Daxx Garman will transfer

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman will transfer from the Cowboy football program, announced by coach Mike Gundy at a press conference Monday. “I know he’s going to transfer, I just don’t know where,” Gundy said. “He wanted an opportunity to go somewhere … give himself a chance...

  • OSU wrestling: Cowboys win Big 12 tournament behind seven champions

    Trent Shadid | Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    Oklahoma State claimed its 49th wrestling conference championship title and third consecutive Big 12 title on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The Cowboys had seven individual champions as they went undefeated in the championship finals. Iowa State finished second, Oklahoma third and West Virginia fourth....

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Five thoughts on the Cowboys' loss to West Virginia

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    So much for momentum. The Cowboys couldn’t maintain it Saturday, continually rallying and falling behind in an 81-72 loss at West Virginia.

  • OSU Hoops: Forte -- Phew!

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Nearly 15 minutes into Wednesday night’s win over TCU, Phil Forte was still scoreless. Scoreless for the game and scoreless for a span of 55:28 spanning three games. An eternity for Forte, Oklahoma State’s second-leading scorer. Finally, with 5:20 remaining in the first half against the Horned...

  • Media report: Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy says quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide future with team

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has until Monday to decide whether or not he will return to the Cowboy football program next season, coach Mike Gundy told FOX Sports Southwest on Friday. The Cowboys also begin spring practice on Monday. “He’s got some decisions to make,” said...

  • OSU Hoops: Nash Never Thought He'd Get Here

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Le’Bryan Nash is a senior. Let that thought hang a minute, thinking back to Nash’s arrival at Oklahoma State and the almost foregone conclusion that he’d be a one-and-done. Even Nash experiences some disbelief in the notion that he’s still around, readying to go through Senior Night festivities...

  • Will college football's Big Bowl go cold weather?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Arlington, Texas; Glendale, Ariz.; and Tampa were handed the first three Big Bowls, the college football national championship game. The maiden game at JerryWorld was such a success, more cities want in on the action. Seven cities have decided to bid, and seven more are considering bidding, on...

  • Looking at the Big 12 basketball scenarios

    Ryan Aber | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    There’s still one mid-week game lest to play in the Big 12 as Oklahoma State hosts TCU on Wednesday night. But it’s not too early to look ahead to this weekend’s games and how the conference standings could shake out after Saturday’s finales (Friday for Texas Tech at Baylor), especially since the...

  • OSU basketball: Longhorn alert

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State doesn’t play until Wednesday night, and already, the week got a bit stickier for the Cowboys. Texas won Monday night in a wild overtime affair against Baylor that featured seven ejections and a Longhorns rally from 10 down with 6:38 left. And just like that, the Horns are back in...

  • Oklahoma State football: Seven things we learned from Mike Gundy's interview on Triple Play Sports Radio

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been allowed little rest since the Cowboys capped the 2014 season with a Cactus Bowl victory against Washington. He can thank another offseason marked by an assistant coaching carousel for that.  A quick refresher for how it all went down. —...

  • Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboy assistant coaches Bill Clay and Darrell Wyatt return with new roles

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — When news dropped late Thursday that the Oklahoma State football team added five new staff members, two names certainly caught the attention of longtime followers of the program. Bill Clay and Darrell Wyatt. Both former Cowboy assistant coaches are back. Clay — OSU’s defensive...



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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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