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  • Big 12 baseball stock report

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    (up) Joe Baker, SS, Texas The Longhorns sophomore earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors after leading Texas on a 3-1 run last week that was punctuated by a series win at league-leading Texas Tech. Baker hit safely in all four games and produced a career day in Sunday's 17-1 romp of the Red...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Brad Underwood's recruiting focus extends far ... even to Turkey

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    With the bulk of last season’s roster returning, and four players signed to the 2016 class already, much of OSU’s recruiting has focused on the future, with several offers out for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

  • OSU baseball: Thomas Hatch stifles TCU in 9-0 Cowboys win

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    OSU right-hander Thomas Hatch threw a complete game, striking out 10 and not allowing a runner past first until the ninth inning — on an infield error — against one of the Big 12’s top hitting clubs.

  • Oklahoma State's baseball team smiling its way out of a slump

    By John Helsley and Ryan Aber Staff Writers | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    Oklahoma State senior Donnie Walton might soon strike out and smile. Walton or any of the Cowboys. Maybe even this weekend, with No. 4-ranked TCU visiting Reynolds Stadium for a critical series. And it might be a good thing. It's not that Walton or any of his pals don't care. They just...

  • College baseball: Cowboys bounce past Sooners

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    No. 25-ranked OSU won the nonconference Bedlam clash over Oklahoma, 4-3, twice taking advantage of the hard artificial surface installed at Mitchell Park for this season.

  • College baseball: Anytime, anywhere, it's always Bedlam

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Both teams are seeking a firmer foothold in their seasons. The Sooners, after making strides the previous two weeks, were swept at TCU over the weekend to fall to 18-18-1 overall and 4-8 in the Big 12. The Cowboys scored a road sweep at Baylor to move to 22-13 and 7-5, yet had dropped six of...

  • OSU football journal: Cowboys secure two commitments on spring game weekend

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Saturday wasn't all about Oklahoma State's spring football game. It was also a drawing card for an official recruiting weekend, with several visitors on hand. There was a big recruiting payoff, too – emphasis on the big – with the Cowboys getting a 2017 commitment from 6-foot-7, 230-pound...

  • College baseball: Cowboys pressed, again, to respond

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    The Cowboys are reeling, within the season and in the rankings, with only the National College Baseball Writers Association poll still including OSU — at No. 27.

  • OSU basketball: Brad Underwood scores first OSU recruit

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Brandon Averette, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Richardson, Texas, who had been committed to Stephen F. Austin, Underwood’s old school, before reopening his recruitment a few days ago, announced he will attend Oklahoma State.



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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.


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