John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer
  • Oklahoma State baseball: Conor Costello's blast lifts Cowboys to 10-4 win over Texas in Big 12 Tournament opener

    Oklahoma State baseball: Conor Costello\'s blast... By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    With one big swing Wednesday night, Costello flipped the script for his Cowboys and himself, sending OSU past Texas 10-4 in a Big 12 Tournament opener at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

  • ALL-TIME, ALL-BIG 12 TOURNAMENT TEAM

    ALL-TIME, ALL-BIG 12 TOURNAMENT TEAM By John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Who are the best to play in the Big 12 Tournament? Here's a team of players who went on to be the best: C — Cameron Rupp, Texas 1B — Brandon Belt, Texas 2B — Ian Kinsler, Missouri 3B — Alex Gordon, Nebraska SS — Jordy Mercer, Oklahoma State OF — Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M OF —...

  • Big 12 baseball capsules: What you need to know about each team in the tournament

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    TEXAS TECH No. 1 seed, 40-14 overall, 19-5 Big 12 Coach: Tim Tadlock (fourth season) Ranking: No. 6 Scouting report: Texas Tech won the Big 12 regular-season title for the first time since 1997 — the league's first season. The Red Raiders were picked fifth in this preseason but rolled...

  • BIG 12 TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    A look at who's won the tournament championship through the years: Kansas: 1 – 2006 Missouri: 1 – 2012 Nebraska: 4 – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 Oklahoma: 2 – 1997, 2013 Oklahoma State: 1 – 2004 Texas: 5 – 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015 Texas A&M: 3 – 2007, 2010, 2011 Texas Tech: 1...

  • HOME AGAIN: At 20, Big 12 Tournament returns to OKC

    HOME AGAIN: At 20, Big 12 Tournament returns to... By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    For all the supposed suitors interested in stealing the tournament away, as well as the experiments spent exploring the Ballpark in Arlington and Tulsa’s ONEOK Field last year, there’s a sense that the tournament is home in Oklahoma City.

  • Did you know this about the Big 12 Tournament?

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    DID YOU KNOW? Some facts and figures as the Big 12 Tournament gets underway for the 20th time: *Bricktown Ballpark has hosted 16 of the 20 Big 12 Tournaments, including this season's event. The only other parks to host are All-Sports Stadium in Oklahoma City (1997), the Ballpark in...

  • Big 12 baseball: Half of TCU's Baker still plenty

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    TCU's Luken Baker reluctantly ditched a significant part of his season on a Friday night in Stillwater. The other part, the part where Baker does damage with his bat, remains relevant. The big Horned Frog keeps impacting TCU wins, even after leaving his role as staff ace, an exit from the...

  • Big 12 baseball: OSU pitcher Thomas Hatch bounces back in a big way

    Big 12 baseball: OSU pitcher Thomas Hatch... By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    STILLWATER – Thomas Hatch bounced off the mound back on Feb. 20, feeling frisky for the first time in nearly two years. The Cowboys ace retired Stephen F. Austin in order, all on groundouts – which would become a story to his season – calming fears following 15 months of rehab and recovery...

  • Big 12 baseball: Tadlock quietly building a force at Texas Tech

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    The Oklahoman’s Big 12 Coach of the Year, Tadlock has quickly reestablished the Red Raiders as a national contender, already directing one Tech team to the College World Series in his second season and putting this year’s team in play as the Big 12 champion and the nation’s No. 5-ranked squad.



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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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