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  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah announces he will return next season

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

      Oklahoma State sophomore defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah emerged as one of the country’s premiere pass rushers this past season. Ogbah’s 11 sacks were tied for No. 12 nationally and were second most in the Big 12. His 17 tackles for loss ranked No. 18, tied for second in the conference....

  • Oklahoma State football: Five questions with cornerback Ramon Richards

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Oklahoma State freshman cornerback Ramon Richards began the 2014-15 football season as an unknown. One-year removed from playing high school quarterback in Texas, he was thrown into a defensive  backfield that returned two clear starters on the edge and a handful of underclassmen fighting...

  • OSU Offers Hoops, Wrestling Ticket Deals

    John Helsley | Published: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Oklahoma State’s athletic department is offering discounts to deliver big crowds at Gallagher-Iba Arena this weekend. In men’s basketball, the Cowboys take on No. 10 Texas Saturday at 4 p.m., while the OSU wrestling team hosts No. 2 Iowa Sunday at 2. There are ticket deals for both events. For...

  • 5 Thoughts On OSU's Loss At Iowa State

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    The Cowboys nearly stole a road win at Hilton Coliseum, among the toughest places to play in the country, yet fell 63-61 to No. 17 Iowa State. Starting a rugged four-game swing, it could have been a major breakthrough for OSU. And it nearly was, as the Cowboys had two shots in the final seconds […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Projecting the 2015 Cowboy defense

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The first time I talked to Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer this season, it was July in the Karsten Creek clubhouse. New on the beat, I introduced myself. “Oh, I know you,” he said. Spencer went on to tell me something I wrote had been turned into bulletin-board material....

  • Former Oklahoma A&M star, Thomas football coach Kenneth Roof dies

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Former Oklahoma A&M star running back and Thomas coach Kenneth Roof died Saturday. He was 90. Roof was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in track for Oklahoma A&M — now known as Oklahoma State — before becoming the most successful coach in Thomas’ history. As an...

  • Forte earns Big 12 Player of the Week nod

    John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    OSU won two games last week, beating Missouri and Kansas State. And Phil Forte was a major cog in both, leading to him being named Big 12 Player of the Week, announced Monday by the conference. Forte averaged 20.5 points in the two wins, going for 21 while playing sick in a 74-72 overtime win […]

  • Big 12 football: OSU's Cactus Bowl victory helps a little

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The major bowl standings are in, and OSU’s 30-22 Cactus Bowl victory over Washington let the Big 12 skate by from a couple of dubious distinctions. The victory was the Big 12’s second in seven bowl games. An OSU loss would have left the Big 12 with a 1-6 post-season record — One True Bowl […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Josh Furman, Larry Stephens focused on dream to play football professionally

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. — There’s a small crop of Oklahoma State seniors who were starters playing their final game as Cowboys on Friday night. Eight, to be exact. And in the postgame locker room following OSU’s 30-22 victory against Washington in the Cactus Bowl, two of those players spoke on the new task...

  • Oklahoma State football by the numbers: Cowboys' all-time bowl record reaches elite status

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 30-22 win against Washington by the numbers: .640: Bowl winning percentage all-time for Oklahoma State, which moved to 16-9 with its Cactus Bowl victory against Washington. That’s second only to Southern Cal, which has a .660 winning percentage....

  • Oklahoma State football: What they’re saying about the Cowboys’ 30-22 victory against Washington

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Oklahoma State finished the season 7-6 after Friday’s 30-22 win against Washington in the Cactus Bowl. Here’s a look at what players and coaches had to say after the game. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy on the team’s preparation for the game: “It was a great bowl week for our...

  • Oklahoma State football Q&A: Mike Yurcich on the Cowboys' Cactus Bowl victory

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Mike Yurcich closed a roller coaster of a second season as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator on a high note Friday night in the Cowboys’ 30-22 Cactus Bowl victory against Washington. OSU’s 473 yards of total offense was the most since Sept. 25 against Texas Tech. Running back...


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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.