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  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls add three high school standouts on signing day

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team locked in three commits to its 2015 class Wednesday as part of National Signing Day. Here’s a closer look at each future Cowgirl.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys sign Jawun Evans, Igor Ibaka

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    As an old point guard, Travis Ford may covet quality at the point above all positions. So Wednesday was a good day for Ford and the Cowboys, who officially scored one of the nation’s premier point guard prospects with the signing of Dallas standout Jawun Evans. A five-star rated recruit by...

  • Oklahoma State football: Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford opens up about being fired at OSU

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    Vance Bedford spent two years as Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator, but was let go following the 2006 season. It wasn’t necessarily on the best of terms, either.

  • OSU Football: Texas Grinding Out Wins

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    With young quarterback Tyrone Swoopes proving inconsistent, Texas is leaning more and more on its running game. And to strong results. The Longhorns have averaged 181.2 yards in the run game over their past six games, with Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray each providing production. The...

  • Big 12 football: KU’s Bowen OK with goal post teardown

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Kansas fans stormed the field and tore down a goal post following the Jayhawks’ 34-14 win over Iowa State – KU’s first Big 12 victory in seven games. Iowa State dropped to 2-7, which suggests that the Jayhawks had no reason to celebrate so wildly. KU interim coach Clint Bowen was OK with the...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys spend open Saturday scouting Texas

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    STILLWATER — Emmanuel Ogbah admitted Oklahoma State’s off-week came at a good time. It was the first free Saturday OSU had since September. Players, including the Cowboy defensive end,  were banged up. “It felt good, but you miss it,” Ogbah said. “Because you watch a lot of games Saturday.”...

  • OSU Hoops: Tracking Marcus Smart

    John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    Marcus Smart’s two seasons at Oklahoma State delivered highs and lows. Good times and some not-so-good times. Always, however, Smart commanded all eyes. Smart, for the record, was always enjoyable for the media. Shared his story, which is filled with trials and triumphs. Answered the toughest of...

  • Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong play

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

    The prize recruit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones....

  • Oklahoma State football: The story behind Mike Gundy and Joe Wickline's Mexican dinner in Tyler, Texas

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Mike Holder and Joe Wickline are in a tug of war over $593,487. It all comes down to some fine print on a contract and a job description. But the relationship between Wickline and the Oklahoma State football program wasn’t always so sour. Specifically, there was a time Wickline and coach Mike...

  • Oklahoma State football: Linebacker Seth Jacobs has played through injuries this season

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    STILLWATER — Mike Gundy keeps his players’ injury reports mostly private and won’t give reporters many specifics about diagnosis, severity or duration. But during the Oklahoma State coach’s weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on Monday, Gundy said this: “People need to realize, just like every...

  • OSU's impressive bowl streak in peril

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    OSU’s bowl prospects are precarious. If the Cowboys don’t beat Texas on Nov. 15, OSU likely will finish 5-7 and out of the postseason for the first time since 2005. Not a disaster, perhaps. But a massive disappointment. Time was, a bowl game was something special for OSU. The Cowboys played in...

  • OSU basketball: Phil Forte revealing new layers?

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Nov 4, 2014

    Phil Forte may not have his pal Marcus Smart as a running partner anymore. But that hardly means Forte doesn’t still have game. In a private scrimmage against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Forte led all scorers with a huge offensive afternoon, leading Oklahoma State to a comfortable win. Game...



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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.



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