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  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 17, 2015

    Questions about Cowboys basketball, baseball and football offseason? Ask OSU writer John Helsley on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OSU basketball notebook: Cowboys share the blame in loss

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The Cowboys claimed to be listless — and looked it — in a 70-55 loss to TCU, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys fall flat against TCU

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The Horned Frogs, the last-place team in the Big 12 entering the day, outscored the Cowboys 22-7 when the game mattered most, over the final eight minutes, ending OSU’s three-game winning streak at Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. TCU

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Oklahoma State looks to continue its Big 12 hot streak against TCU. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Anthony Hickey preparing to face former coach

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU coach Trent Johnson returned from a rough loss at Texas on Wednesday night and immediately went to work studying the next opponent: Oklahoma State. And in a way, Johnson felt good for the surging Cowboys; at least one Cowboy. Anthony Hickey. Johnson recruited Hickey...

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Breaking down the 2015 team

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    The Cowboys jump right into serious competition with an 11-day trip out West. They face No. 18 Arizona State — which presents three Preseason All-American pitchers — in a three-game series starting Friday.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Pokes poised for another run at Omaha

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Josh Holliday acknowledges and accepts the rising expectations surrounding his ball club. Besides, inside the program, the goals can’t climb any higher.

  • OSU chat recap: John Helsley talks Travis Ford's coaching, Joe Burton and the Cowboys' chance in the dance

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    The Cowboys conversation was heavy on basketball on Tuesday's power lunch chat. OSU writer John Helsley answered questions on everything from recruiting to Joe Burton to Travis Ford's rotation.

  • OSU men's basketball notebook: Jeff Newberry, Anthony Hickey fill key roles

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte led the Cowboys in scoring, again, Monday night with 22 and 18 points respectively, fulfilling their roles as the team’s primary offensive weapons. Still, they had help, with Jeff Newberry and Anthony Hickey helping to create openings with their own offense in...



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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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