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  • OSU Plane Crash: Has it really been 15 years?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Every once in a while on my Facebook timeline, I get a reminder of how long it's been since the Oklahoma State plane crash. It comes in the form of a picture of Andie Hancock. Hancock's dad, you'll remember, was Will. He was one of the 10 men killed when a plane carrying members of the...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys to wear tribute jerseys on 'Remember the 10 night'

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    To honor the memories of those lost 15 years ago, the Oklahoma State basketball team will wear special tribute jerseys when they face Baylor in Wednesday’s Remember The Ten night. Wednesday's game, which tips off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU, will be played 15 years to the date of the tragedy. The...

  • OSU Hoops: Evans Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Again

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Last Tuesday, Kansas coach Bill Self sang the praises of Cowboys freshman Jawun Evans. Monday, the Big 12 recognized the OSU point guard -- again -- with Evans earning the league's Newcomer of the Week honor for the second straight week and the third time this season. Evans becomes the...

  • Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboy receiver Dick Graham, 65, passes away

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    STILLWATER — Former Oklahoma State receiver Dick Graham, 65, has passed away. Graham, a three-year letterman from 1969 to 1971, tallied 122 receptions for 997 yards and six touchdowns in his career. He led the Cowboys in receiving his senior season with 41 catches for 631 yards. Graham also...

  • OSU-Kansas: The best sports seat in the state

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The best sports seat in the state is not the Nicholson seats at Thunder games. Not a luxury box looking down at Owen Field. Not lining the 18th green at Southern Hills when the PGA Championship comes through Tulsa. The best sports seat in Oklahoma is the bottom row of the upper deck, just...

  • Oklahoma State football: Former Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key tweets he's joining Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    STILLWATER — Former standout Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key intends to transfer from Colorado State to play football and baseball at Oklahoma State, according to his twitter post late Thursday. It's finally official, Oklahoma State is my new home and I'll be playing both football and...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys reached out to OU quarterback commit Austin Kendall after Kyler Murray transfer

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State was among the first football programs that reached out to Oklahoma quarterback commit Austin Kendall after the Sooners added Texas A&M quarterback transfer Kyler Murray last month, a source told The Oklahoman. Kendall — a 6-foot-2, 210-pound, pro-style passer...

  • Doug Gottlieb makes impassioned plea for Eddie Sutton in the Hall of Fame

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Doug Gottlieb, one of CBS’ lead basketball analysts and a former Eddie Sutton point guard, posted on cbssports.com an open letter to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. Gottlieb’s mission: get Sutton inducted into the Springfield, Mass., institution. We’ve written about Sutton’s...

  • OSU Hoops: Celebrate Kansas... Briefly

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Cowboys coach Travis Ford encouraged his squad to enjoy Tuesday night's 19-point win over No. 3 Kansas. For a little while, at least. "I told our team we need to be humble about this, but be very proud of it," Ford said after the game. "Tonight we should smile. Tomorrow… we’re off...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford's 10 biggest wins at OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Oklahoma State pulled off another upset Tuesday night, its latest in a growing catalog under coach Travis Ford. This one again came against Kansas, marking the third straight season that the Cowboys have stunned the Jayhawks inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU is now the only team in the country to...

  • WATCH: Travis Ford addresses his team after OSU's upset of Kansas

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    OSU coach Travis Ford got emotional immediately following his team's 86-67 upset victory over No. 3-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night. And rightfully so. The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, a skid in which they lost by a combined 41 points (including 17-point blowouts at Baylor and...

  • OSU Hoops: Bill Self Says Cowboys Worth Watching

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Bill Self played at OSU and served as a Cowboys assistant under Leonard Hamilton and Eddie Sutton, so he knows the power of a packed Gallagher-Iba Arena. Self's time as a Cowboy was spent in the pre-expansion days of GIA, before the arena doubled in size. Still, he's experienced the full...


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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.