John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer
  • Bedlam Live: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

    staff reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    OU won Round 1. Can the Cowboys even the Bedlam series tonight at Gallagher-Iba Arena? Follow our live coverage of OU vs. Oklahoma State with Ryan Aber, John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Phil Forte getting the Keiton Page treatment — and some help from Keiton Page

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Phil Forte and Keiton Page share one major identifying mark when it comes to opponents: the treatment.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: OSU remembers, still

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OSU annually honors the 10 men lost in the 2001 plane crash, trying to find a home date close to the anniversary. This year, the Baylor game fell on the exact date: January 27.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys beat No. 20 Baylor

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    While Phil Forte and Le’Bryan Nash again played well, Oklahoma State’s other guys played major roles Tuesday night in a 64-53 win over No. 20-ranked Baylor before an estimated 8,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Cowboys look to rebound in Big 12 play tonight against Baylor at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    It's a big week coming up for Oklahoma State. Baylor tonight then Bedlam in basketball. Recruiting coming down the stretch to Signing Day. Remembering the 10. Ask John Helsley your OSU questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys taking, only sometimes making 3-pointers

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in overall 3-pointers attempted in conference play, yet rank just fifth in 3-point percentage. And outside of Phil Forte, the team doesn’t have any sort of sharpshooter look or feel, which seems to go against the deep ball approach.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Cowboys still seeking road success

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    With Saturday’s 63-53 loss at Kansas State, OSU fell to 0-4 on the road in the Big 12. After close setbacks at Iowa State and Kansas, the Cowboys have gone down hard at Oklahoma and K-State, looking listless in falling behind big early. “We’ve got to be hungry for a road win,” said OSU...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Help wanted — but will anyone respond?

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Travis Ford posted the call for help back before the season ever began, dangling a significant role to anyone willing to seize it. Many have applied. None have proven capable of handling the job.



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John Helsley


OSU Reporter Sr.

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.


John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer

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