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  • Oklahoma State basketball: OSU gets late recruit

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma State carried a roster hole into the summer, with a scholarship still dangling unclaimed.   Wednesday, the Cowboys plugged the void in a big way, getting a commitment from four-star wing Davon Dillard, who had been pledged to Cal, and will be eligible for the upcoming...

  • Oklahoma State softball: Kenny Gajewski's To-Do List

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Kenny Gajewski has been on the job as OSU’s new softball coach since Saturday, after the Cowgirls went without a coach for more than a month. So there’s work to do – playing catch-up and planning ahead – in efforts to return the program to respectability: Reach Out. “My first thing was...

  • Oklahoma State softball: Gajewski embracing Bedlam's other side

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    STILLWATER -- As Kenny Gajewski contacted each of his Cowgirls upon his hiring as Oklahoma State’s new softball coach, one question kept coming up. “They asked me if I’m going to be able to hate OU as much as them,” said Gajewski, a former Sooner baseball player who found his way to softball...

  • MLB Draft: Michael Freeman's story carries into MLB Draft

    By John Helsley | Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    Michael Freeman didn’t even register on the radar of professional scouts in March. He barely registered on the radar of the Oklahoma State pitching staff.

  • MLB Draft primer

    John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    What and who you need to know about the draft

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboy seniors left their mark on program

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    OSU’s season ended in disappointment, halted by two losses in three games at their Stillwater Regional. Still, the mark of those players on a three-year run that can only be summed up as a success extends beyond the wins and losses and three regional appearances.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Eighth-inning bug bites Cowboys again as St. John's eliminates OSU

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    Baseball and its long season tends to lend itself to sudden finishes. And it ended suddenly, and harshly, for the No. 11-ranked Cowboys on Sunday, with St. John’s rallying in the eighth inning – yeah, another anguishing eighth inning – winning 2-1 and ousting OSU from its own Stillwater Regional...

  • Oklahoma State's season ends against St. John's in Stillwater Regional

    John Helsley | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    OSU BASEBALL -- Red Storm plates two runs in eighth to knock Cowboys out of NCAA Tournament

  • Oklahoma State baseball regional notebook: Holliday Recalls '99 For Inspiration

    By John Helsley and Nathan Ruiz | Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    After Saturday night’s 7-5 loss to Arkansas, the Cowboys face elimination and the task of winning three games in two days to advance out of their regional.



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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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