John Helsley
Sports 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.

  • OSU football: What's in a name?

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Since the Cowboys first started using J.W. Walsh in certain situations two years ago, fans and the media have tried applying tags to the package. We're consumed with naming things. Anyway, some have been good. Some have been clever. Some… not so much. A sampling: Power Walsh. The current favorite, it plays to Walsh's running skills. When Walsh enters on third down, it often involves a power running look, either with a Cowboy back in play or even the diamond backfield. The Walsh-ing Machine. This name played prominently in 2013, when Walsh did his thing to complement Clint Chelf. 4 Wheeler. Look out, because this new entry has a chance. Walsh wears No. 4 and is typically on the move. Dub

  • OSU football: By any description, Cowboys backup QB a touchdown maker

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In posting a 5-0 start, Oklahoma State has scored 22 offensive touchdowns. J.W. Walsh has thrown or run for six, despite limited exposure.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Report says Wickline suit to be settled

    By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers   | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The settlement is expected to be roughly $300,000 and be completed by the end of the month, according to the report.

  • Oklahoma State football: Gamble pays off for linebacker Chad Whitener

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Whitener’s jump to Oklahoma State came with no promises or guarantees of playing time or assistance, just an opportunity to walk-on with the Cowboys, all fees attached, although the hope of a more prosperous future clearly was evident.

  • Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboys confident heading to West Virginia

    By John Helsley and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    OSU is 2-0 in road games this season, winning at Central Michigan and Texas. But this figures to be the stiffest test yet. The Cowboys haven’t won in two previous visits to Morgantown

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy Press Conference

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Follow along at noon for up-to-the-minute updates from OSU coach Mike Gundy weekly news conference from our football coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma State football: Allfords give Nick Lozanovski a trip to remember | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    “Nick just caught our hearts when we read the story,” said John Allford, an OSU alum and Stillwater resident. “We both just looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to get that young man to Stillwater.’”

  • OSU football notebook: Quarterback change doesn't hamper Kansas State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Kody Cook had done this before, shifting from wide receiver to quarterback to produce an inspiring performance. Back at community college. Three years ago. Now a fifth-year, former walk-on receiver for Kansas State, Cook moved back behind center Saturday when starter Joe Hubener was knocked out on the opening possession in Oklahoma State's eventual 36-34 victory. And he looked right at home, even though he hadn't thrown a pass in a game since the Salt City Bowl in 2012. It was similar back then, too, though, as Cook threw for five touchdowns and ran for another after moving over from receiver for Hutchinson Community College. It didn't go quite as well Saturday, with the Oklahoma State defense eventually

  • OSU football: Cowboys defense goes from imposters in 1st half to imposing its will in 2nd half vs. K-State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's defense went from looking like imposters in the first half Saturday, to imposing its will in the second half. The difference? Simple. Really. So the Cowboys said, after a rallying 36-34 win over Kansas State that saw the OSU defense mostly dominate the final two quarters, after surrendering 28 points to a Wildcats' offense down to its fifth-string quarterback. “We came out, made our corrections and got the win,” said Cowboys safety Jordan Sterns. Yeah, but what corrections? What adjustments? What chalkboard magic? “It wasn't major,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “It was just, ‘You've got to execute.' “Every week it's about matchups.

  • Live Coverage: OSU vs. Kansas State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Will the Cowboys offense regain its rhythm against the wounded Wildcats?

  • Oklahoma State football: Hubener latest in mold of K-State quarterbacks

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Mirroring the Wildcats’ methodical attack, he’s not at all flashy. Just efficient. And effective.

  • OSU football notebook: OSU pondering in-stadium beer sales  

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    OSU officials are monitoring the circumstances in Austin and other venues where beer is sold in-stadium, and plan to discuss the possibility of beer sales at Boone Pickens Stadium following this season.

  • OSU football notebook: For K-State, OSU up first in rugged stretch

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    The No. 20 Cowboys represent a different kind of challenge. And it’s only the start, before Kansas State hosts No. 4 TCU and No. 15 Oklahoma the following two weeks. Like OSU, the Horned Frogs and Sooners are unbeaten.

  • OSU Football: Cowboys bring variety to their sack attacks     

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    STILLWATER — Emmanuel Ogbah drifted inside, drawing two Texas blockers with him and leaving the right half of the Longhorns line all but abandoned for the blitzing Ryan Simmons and Miketavius Jones. Jones, racing hard off the corner, overwhelmed Jerrod Heard, tossing the fleeing Texas quarterback to the turf for a 22-yard loss. That took the Horns out of field goal range in a game ultimately decided by three points. Another big play by the Cowboys defense. Another sack. Oklahoma State leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally, averaging four sacks a game. Those 16 total sacks are a key stat and a major storyline for a defense that's now dictating games.

  • OSU football notebook: Mason Rudolph shrugs off hand numbness

    By John Helsley and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Cowboys quarterback said numbness had nothing to do with mistakes

  • OSU football notebook: Longhorns left to regret penalties

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Of OSU’s 27 first downs in the game, six came via penalty. And three came on the Cowboys “drive” to a tying field goal, including a controversial defensive holding call on an OSU run play, which led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Texas coach Charlie Strong.

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy Press Conference

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Follow along at 1 p.m. as Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy speaks with the media in his weekly press conference.

  • OSU football notebook: Cowboys experience technical difficulties during game vs. Texas

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    The headsets connecting coaches on the sideline to coaches in the press box were unreliable Saturday, forcing all Oklahoma State personnel to the field. The Cowboys marched to touchdowns on their first two drives of the game, before game officials announced that there was a problem with the headsets during Texas' next drive. “The defense were never (on) and the offense was on and off the entire first half,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “So we just quit using them. “We didn't have any communication from the defense from up top the entire first half. And then, offensively, it was so spotty that it wasn't really worth it. I told the guys to come down in the second half, because we didn't have any communications.

  • OSU football: Cowboys juggle quarterbacks after Mason Rudolph struggles; offense sputters under both QBs

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas — Mike Gundy kept issuing warnings about his young quarterback, reminding that Mason Rudolph remains in the infancy of his career. Saturday offered a glimpse into why. Rudolph experienced his first real rough stretch as a Cowboy, surrendering a fumble that was returned for one score and tossing two interceptions, one of which went the other way for six, too. So Rudolph handed Texas 14 points, while producing just one touchdown of his own in OSU's unlikely 30-27 win. “It happens,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “Happens to the best of them.” That's why the Cowboys gave J.W. Walsh a shot in the second half. Sort of.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Texas

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State opens its Big 12 schedule against Texas at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Follow live coverage from pregame to postgame with The Oklahoman.

John Helsley Fri, Oct. 09 2015 08:11:37 PM CST RT @vivaelbirdos: We are Phamily.
John Helsley Fri, Oct. 09 2015 01:47:42 PM CST @BOOMERMACU The original, of course
John Helsley Thu, Oct. 08 2015 03:26:56 PM CST @BOOMERMACU Peanut
John Helsley Thu, Oct. 08 2015 10:48:06 AM CST #OkState fans, @john_walsh4 has been fantastic in QB package. "Power Walsh" a great name for it. What else you got?
John Helsley Thu, Oct. 08 2015 10:34:29 AM CST She's headed for Morgantown, #okstate fans. Ask away...
John Helsley Thu, Oct. 08 2015 10:33:36 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: As promised, the story behind this photo:
John Helsley Thu, Oct. 08 2015 10:33:26 AM CST RT @kylefredrickson: JW Walsh and David Glidden told me some classic stories about being recruited by this guy http:
John Helsley Wed, Oct. 07 2015 09:07:39 PM CST RT @BrettAnderson35: Great time for TBS to give a live look-in at all the Cubs fans giving the bird.
John Helsley Wed, Oct. 07 2015 10:46:43 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Ready to talk #okstate football? Submit your questions/comments now to @kylefredrickson for today's 11 a.m. chat - http:/
John Helsley Wed, Oct. 07 2015 09:30:35 AM CST #OkState Football: Why @RS_52 was so valuable to the Cowboys...
John Helsley Wed, Oct. 07 2015 09:29:29 AM CST #OkState football: @RS_52 says this guy, @MountChad, is his ready and able replacement...
John Helsley Wed, Oct. 07 2015 09:26:21 AM CST RT @RS_52: He's more than ready to take the reigns. @MountChad
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 09:55:14 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: .@jjhelsley introduces us to Ryan Simmons' replacement at MLB -- Cal-transfer Chad Whitener htt
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 09:29:21 PM CST RT @OSUPaddlePeople: Fresh batch of paddles...maybe with a twist? Guess you'll have to wait and see 😏🏈🔫🔶 #paddlelife #okstate…
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 09:28:32 PM CST A really good guy. Get well.
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 11:01:42 AM CST Get in now!
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 11:00:35 AM CST @BOOMERMACU Unsweet, but with Splenda, if that makes sense.
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 10:23:24 AM CST #OkState football: Cowboys confident heading to Morgantown.
John Helsley Tue, Oct. 06 2015 10:22:32 AM CST #OkState football: Rudolph is a two-minute man.
John Helsley Mon, Oct. 05 2015 07:05:46 PM CST @BOOMERMACU Baseball.