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  • Henry Iba didn't like the Sooners

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    I wrote about Henry Iba for the Monday Oklahoman. Wrote about Gene Johnson’s book, Living My Dreams. Johnson was a center on Iba’s 1965 Big Eight basketball championship team. You can read that column here. I liked Johnson’s insights into Iba, the legendary figure who coached OSU (or Oklahoma...

  • Oklahoma State football: Whatever happened to 2015 offensive line commit Deya Mhiesen?

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Back in early September, Oklahoma State landed a verbal commitment from a junior college offensive lineman for its 2015 signing class: Deya Mhiesen from Pierce College in Los Angeles. Mhiesen — a six-foot-8, 305-pound offensive tackle — was ranked No. 9 on ESPN’s list of top JUCO transfers at his...

  • Oklahoma State football: Indiana transfer cornerback Michael Hunter excited for future with Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Michael Hunter started 24-consecutive games at cornerback for Indiana over the past two seasons. But with one year of football eligibility left after he receives his diploma this spring, Hunter opted to transfer for a few distinct reasons. To be closer to home. A chance to win some games. And...

  • OSU Hoops: Like Coach, Like Team...

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Cowboys continue to talk about the chip on their shoulder; that added element players and teams can cultivate for motivation at times. That’s this team. That’s also Travis Ford. “That’s kind of my personality,” OSU’s coach said after his team’s 74-65 road win at Baylor Monday night. “And they...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys receive first verbal commitment of 2016 class, RB Justice Hill

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    LINK . Less than a week after Oklahoma State finalized its 2015 signing class, the Cowboys scored another major win on the recruiting trail. Justice Hill — a 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback from Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School — announced via Twitter on Monday that he plans on...

  • Big 12 basketball: Sooners, Cowboys looking good

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Big 12 basketball’s RPI ratings are in great shape. And that’s including the Bedlam rivals. OU is ranked 15th and OSU is 28th. That’s the equivalent of a No. 4 seed for the Sooners in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 7 seed for the Cowboys. RPI ratings and NCAA seedings aren’t absolute correlations,...

  • Oklahoma State football: A closer look at Jalen McCleskey and why he's the only receiver in the 2015 signing class

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    LINK . Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy compared one member of his 2015 signing class to a former Cowboy whose career pass receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions rank inside the top-10 in program history. Jalen McCleskey to Josh Stewart. “We’re hoping that (McCleskey) has the same...

  • OSU Football: Hoosiers CB Joining Cowboys

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The Cowboys will continue a recent trend: the super senior. In a pre-signing day bit of news, Indiana cornerback Michael Hunter has announced he will be joining OSU following his graduation in May. GoPokes.com first reported the move. The Cowboys have benefitted from two such transfers the past...

  • OSU Hoops: Cobbins Nominated For Senior CLASS Award

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    OSU’s Michael Cobbins has been named one of 30 men’s basketball players being considered for the Senior CLASS Award. Cobbins is a fifth-year Cowboys senior. “I could go on and on about Michael Cobbins,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “He is one of the most impressive people I have had the...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Another great seat at Gallagher-Iba Arena

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    I went to the Bedlam basketball game Saturday night in Stillwater. It was my first game at Gallagher-Iba Arena this season. And just like last season, my plan was to find a spare ticket and sit in a seat from which I could see. I wrote about it last season, how the beat writers at […]

  • Media report: Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly leaving for same position at USC

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly is leaving the Cowboys for the same position with USC, per Dan Weber of scout.com. Weber reports the hire will be announced following National Signing Day on Wednesday. Connelly just completed his first season in Stillwater — an up-and-down year...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add much-needed running back to 2015 class with Jeff Carr (Temple, Texas)

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Jeff Carr envisioned himself as a Big 12 tailback. So, the 5-foot-8, 170-pound speedster from Temple High School (Texas) brushed off scholarship offers from mid-major and I-AA schools. With just four days left until National Signing Day, Carr was still waiting for the right opportunity.


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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.