By John Helsley Staff Writer email@example.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...
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...
By John Helsley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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...
By John Helsley Staff Writer email@example.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...
By John Helsley Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
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.