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  • One great tale of Warren Spahn spawns even more

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    For many years, I’ve known the basic outline of why Warren Spahn made his home in Oklahoma — essentially, his wife was from here. That topic pops up every January with the arrival of the Spahn Award Gala, which was Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Our man Mike Baldwin was...

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill's attorney says, "my client is innocent, there is no question about that"

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    About one month after Tyreek Hill was dismissed from the Oklahoma State football and track teams following a felony charge of domestic abuse, he entered a Payne County courtroom Tuesday wearing a black polo with an OSU logo on the chest. Hill was joined by Stillwater-based criminal defense...

  • OSU football: T. Boone Pickens says he pulls for Mike Gundy during Twitter Q&A

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Oklahoma State mega booster T. Boone Pickens took to Twitter to answer some questions Tuesday via #AskBoone. Pickens talked about everything from basketball to staying healthy, but his best came when asked about OSU football coach Mike Gundy. .@BellaPoke I pull for Gundy every time our team takes...

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoma 25-to-1, Oklahoma State 50-to-1 to win 2015 College Football Playoff

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Despite its ugly finish to the 2014 season, Oklahoma is still one of the Vegas favorites to win the 2015 College Football Playoff. According to Bovada.lv’s football futures, OU is a 25-to-1 favorite to win the championship. Ohio State is the super-early odds leader at 5-to-1, followed by TCU...

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill scheduled to appear Tuesday in Payne County Court

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    STILLWATER — Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Payne County District Court on  a felony domestic violence charge. Hill is expected to enter a plea, but as of  Monday afternoon, online court records do not identify an attorney who will...

  • OSU basketball: Things looking up for ranked Cowboys

    John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    The Big 12 continues to stand strong nationally, with the No. 1 conference RPI, including seven teams in the top 31. The Associated Press Top 25 also features seven Big 12 schools. That power play involves Oklahoma State, which enters the AP poll at No. 24 this week, with an RPI of No. 27. OSU, […]

  • OSU wrestling: Iowa whips OSU, Nolan Boyd gets big win

    Trent Shadid | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma State wrestling team had a chance to establish itself as one of the nation’s top teams during Sunday’s dual against top-ranked Iowa at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Instead, the eighth-ranked Cowboys were thumped by the Hawkeyes 30-7 – suffering their worst defeat since a 28-point loss to...

  • OSU Hoops: Random Pre-Texas Thoughts

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

      The Cowboys host No. 10 Texas today at 4 and it’s a big — and “bigs” — game, as I wrote here for The Oklahoman. * Texas is huge, unusually huge for a college basketball team, considering how few quality big men there are on the recruiting trail. And considering how little time the […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboy quarterback Bobby Reid joins SMU as graduate assistant

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    About seven years after Bobby Reid transferred from Oklahoma State, the Cowboy quarterback turned staff member is on the move from Stillwater once again. Reid, who has served in quality control for the football program since February 2013, has been hired by SMU’s coaching staff, according to...

  • OSU Hoops: Cowboys Face Tall Task In Texas

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    The Cowboys face a big test Saturday against Texas. Or more aptly, a “bigs” test. Texas visits Gallagher-Iba Arena bringing one of the better frontcourts in college basketball, with three starters 6-8 or taller and more big bodies helping off the bench. The Longhorns plus-13.1 rebounding margin...

  • OSU Hoops: Cowboys a landing spot for Arizona transfer?

    John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Oklahoma State could be in the mix for some semi-experienced — and much needed — frontcourt help for next season. Craig Victor, a top-50 prospect coming out of high school a year ago, has left Arizona midway through his freshman season in search of a new school and more playing time. OSU appears...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys announce hiring of two assistant coaches, departure of one receivers coach

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced two additions to his coaching staff and the departure of one current assistant late Thursday. Dan Hammerschmidt, who coached running backs at Houston last season, will join OSU’s staff as a defensive coach. Eric Wolford, who was head coach at Youngstown...


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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.