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  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land first wide receiver recruit of 2015 class: Jalen McCleskey of St. Paul's High School (Covington, La.)

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State continued its recruiting success in the southeast Thursday night. The Cowboys got their first wide receiver commit of the 2015 class when Jalen McCleskey,  of St. Paul’s High School in Covington, La., announced via Twitter his intention to play for OSU.

  • Oklahoma State football: Fountain outside Edmon Low Library dyed Missouri State maroon

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    STILLWATER — Missouri State didn’t need to give Oklahoma State any further motivation coming into Saturday’s home opener. But it looks like an MSU fan out there did just that. The iconic fountain in front of Edmon Low Library was dyed maroon sometime last night.

  • Send us your questions for OU and OSU Media Days

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    On Saturday, The Oklahoman will be at media days in Norman and Stillwater for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football. We’ll be asking plenty of questions, and we’re asking for you to give us your best. How do we get your questions? Submit them below in the comments section, via our Facebook page,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Witness testifies against running back Devon Thomas for alleged robbery, burglary and shooting

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    TULSA — The victim of an alleged robbery, burglary and shooting testified against former Oklahoma State running back Devon Thomas on Wednesday in a Tulsa County courtroom. Mason Cade Willison, 18, said a drug deal organized by Thomas on May 27 is what sparked the alleged crimes to take place,...

  • OSU Football: City Making Traffic Changes

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Attending OSU’s home opener against Missouri State? Or any of the Cowboys’ home games? Your departure could go much smoother. At least that’s the hope of the City of Stillwater, which is implementing a new traffic management plan for OSU home football games. The plan hopes to reduce travel times...

  • College wrestling: OSU sixth, OU 21st in preseason rankings

    Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Oklahoma State wrestling is projected to be among the top teams in the country once again in the 2014-15 season. Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine’s preseason Tournament Power Index was released on Tuesday with the Cowboys ranked sixth. Minnesota is ranked No. 1, Cornell and Iowa are tied for...

  • OSU wrestling: Former All-American Skyler Holman battling cancer

    Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State wrestling All-American Skyler Holman has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in his lungs and bones. The news has been announced on the Holman Family Fund page at giveforward.com. According to the page, Holman’s illness has left him unable to work. He...

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill talks educational goals: "I’ll be the first one to graduate in my family"

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    So much has been discussed and analyzed when it comes to Tyreek Hill; the football player. Tuesday, we learned a bit more about Tyreek Hill; the student.

  • Big 12 rankings: OSU, West Virginia move up

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    I’ll rank the Big 12 football teams each week, usually on Sunday, but since the fightin’ Baylor Bears played Sunday night, this is a Labor Day special. I try to rank them based on this: how will the teams finish in the conference race? That’s not exactly the same as ranking them in terms of […]

  • Big 12 battered by injuries in Week 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams. The biggest news came out of Austin, where coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first...

  • OSU student apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay banner

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    On Saturday morning, a photo circulated on Twitter of an offensive banner from ESPN’s College GameDay created by Oklahoma State students that referenced the Trail of Tears. Oklahoma State University condemned the banner as “insensitive.” On Saturday night, a personal statement was released from...

  • OSU-FSU: Five Things To Watch

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Welcome, finally, to the 2014 football season. As August comes to a close, Oklahoma State’s schedule features an intriguing menu, with No. 1 Florida State more than an appetizer. More than a main course. Maybe much more. This made-for-TV event has been hotly discussed and debated for more than a...


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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.