BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Published: Tue, Dec 3, 2013
STILLWATER — Back in the heat of summer workouts, the Cowboys labored and sweated and prepared in anticipation of a season that would find them as the preseason pick to win the Big 12.
Yet something wasn't quite right.
“We knew we were not where we needed to be at that point,” said...
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND GINA MIZELL | Published: Sun, Dec 1, 2013
The Cowboys got key contributions from a pair of freshmen against Baylor, as Jhajuan Seales tallied three catches for 74 yards and a late touchdown and Marcell Ateman came up with a leaping 51-yard grab.
No. 5-ranked Oklahoma State begins a three-game run at the Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., with a game against Purdue Thursday on the Disney World campus.
OSU enters as the tournament favorite, with Memphis — a team the Cowboys routed 101-80 last week — the only other ranked team in...
The Cowboys have headliners in Marcus Smart, Brown and Le'Bryan Nash. They have specialists in Michael Cobbins and Phil Forte. And they have Brian Williams, who offers a little — and sometimes a lot — of everything as a glue guy.
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.