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  • Oklahoma State football: Share your story of watching Tyreek Hill's Bedlam punt return touchdown

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Where were you when Tyreek Hill made The Return? Watching the FOX Sports 1 broadcast? Listening to Dave Hunziker’s radio call? Sitting in the stands? The Oklahoman wants to know. Following one of the most memorable plays in Bedlam history, we’re collecting the best fan stories of watching Hill’s...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys to receive watches and backpacks as Cactus Bowl gifts

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Oklahoma State notched a Bedlam victory and was rewarded with a berth in the Cactus Bowl against Washington. But wait, there’s more. The rewards keep coming. The Cowboys are set to receive Fossil watches, Ogio Rogue backpacks and more freebies from a gift suite, according to a report from...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys to face Washington in Cactus Bowl, Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz.

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Oklahoma State will play the University of Washington on Jan. 2 in the Cactus Bowl, it was announced Sunday. The Cowboys (6-6, 4-5 Big 12) will face the Huskies (8-5, 4-5 Pac-12) at Sun Devil Stadium (home of Arizona State) in Tempe, Ariz. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MST. After opening the...

  • Postgame roundup: Oklahoma State 38, Oklahoma 35 (OT)

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    NORMAN — The above photo of Josh Fields in 2001 looks a whole lot like the one of Mason Rudolph in 2014. Their performances in upset wins have linked the pair forever in Oklahoma State lore. “(Fields) was a great quarterback and there are posters of him all around the facility,” Rudolph said. “So...

  • Pregame primer: Nine must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces OU

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    NORMAN — Bedlam has arrived, but my goodness, things sure were different back in October. Oklahoma State was ranked as high as No. 15 and Mike Gundy regularly answered questions from reporters as to how his program has sustained so much success over the years. Oklahoma reached No. 4 in the polls...

  • Media report: Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young to join SMU coaching staff

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young will join SMU’s coaching staff, according to a report from footballscoop.com. Young, at OSU from 2009 to 2012, was the head coach at Yukon High School this past season. Young finished the year 4-6. While it has yet to be formally announced,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys sound off on Bedlam rivalry

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    STILLWATER — Teddy Johnson is a senior Oklahoma State fullback. But this week, he’s having flashbacks to his high school days. Because in a state with no professional football, Bedlam is most comparable to the Friday night lights. “To be battling for the state title, it’s a big deal,” Johnson...

  • OSU basketball: Nash leading, yet not without help

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Le’Bryan Nash is leading like he needs to so far this season. He’s averaging 18.3 points per game in just 28.2 minutes of action. That’s major production, ranking second in the Big 12. He’ll have to keep producing to lead a young Cowboys team. And Nash is revealing new tricks, too, like a...

  • Oklahoma State football: The coaching change that turned Kevin Peterson from Sooner to Cowboy

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    STILLWATER — In December 2011, Kevin Peterson gushed to reporters about the University of Oklahoma. That’s right. The now junior Oklahoma State cornerback was a Sooners commit out of Wagoner High School in northeast Oklahoma. And he told ESPN.com why he chose to play football in Norman. “Their...

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy gives an ... interesting (?) press conference

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    There might still be one (very important, pride-filled) game left in the season, but it sure seems like Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy (understandably) wants this season to end. Or maybe he’s just messing with us. In his Tuesday press conference, Gundy declined to answer a ton of questions,...

  • Media report: Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach Van Malone candidate to become next defensive coordinator at SMU

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Oklahoma State cornerbacks coach Van Malone is a candidate to become the next defensive coordinator at SMU, according to a Sunday report from coachingsearch.com. Malone — a third-year OSU assistant who has coached Cowboy safeties and cornerbacks — has ties to Chad Morris, the offensive...

  • In his own words: Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph on his state championship run last season

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    Mason Rudolph is off limits to reporters, per team policy. That meant The Oklahoman’s coverage of his debut at Baylor last Saturday lacks any quotes from the Oklahoma State quarterback whose redshirt was burned in game 11. So, if you’re looking for Rudolph’s analysis and opinions, you’ll have to...


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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.