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.


  • Oklahoma State basketball journal: Jawun Evans' status grows ever doubtful

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Evans, OSU’s leading scorer in conference play, was listed as “day-to-day” heading into Saturday.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys fade late in loss to Cylcones

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    The Oklahoma State University Cowboys were without injured point guard Jawun Evans, while the Cyclones didn’t have big man Jameel McKay.

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys could be without Jawun Evans

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Concern remains, with the Cowboys point guard labeled as “day to day” by coach Travis Ford with No. 13 Iowa State due in Gallagher-Iba Arena for a 1 p.m. tip Saturday.

  • OSU baseball: Josh Holliday, Cowboys enter season with high expectations

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    STILLWATER — Entering his fourth season as head coach, Josh Holliday returns a veteran Oklahoma State team that is ranked in the top 10 of all the major polls and picked second in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll, just two points behind defending champion TCU. The Cowboys, who have made the postseason all three years under Holliday, open this season Feb. 19 at Texas-Arlington, beginning a challenging schedule that features a series at North Carolina, a series in Stillwater against Michigan, home-and-home series with Arkansas and Oral Roberts and more, along with the Big 12 round robin. Holliday met with the media Friday, offering his take on several topics: Q: Is there a high excitement level with this

  • Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings

    Berry Tramel, Jenni Carlson, John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Oklahomans who have won Super Bowl rings share their stories with The Oklahoman.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OSU writer John Helsley to talk Cowboys football and basketball in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma State football: Calvin Bundage stamps Cowboys' late, strong surge

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Before a large and lively crowd in the Santa Fe gym, Bundage picked the OSU hat from a group that also included Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Oklahoma, setting off an eruption in the stands and relief an hour to the north in Stillwater.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Leyton Hammonds, Jeffrey Carroll finally find a fit

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Hammonds and Carroll are developing together as starters and emerging assets for a Cowboys squad immersed in transition.

  • Big 12 basketball journal: Conference coaches were not happy to be playing SEC teams in the middle of the league season. But that changed as the day progressed.

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    “A lot of coaches weren’t excited about it,” said Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford, whose squad took a 74-63 road win at Auburn. “I wasn’t overly excited about it in April, June, July and leading up to it."

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys seek turnaround in unlikely place — the road

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    OSU heads to Auburn on Saturday for its matchup in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. There’s opportunity, with the Tigers similarly scuffling through their schedule, sitting at 9-10, 3-5 in league play. But along with the opponent, there’s a trend of poor play and slow starts that have plagued the Cowboys in enemy arenas.

  • OSU Hoops: Keiton Page, aka "Pawnee Pistol," Honored Back Home

    john helsley | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    They called him the "Pawnee Pistol" back in high school. Still do, presumably. They call him a legend, too, making it so fitting Thursday night when Keiton Page had his No. 23 retired at Pawnee High School. The former Cowboys star, who still works at OSU under head coach Travis Ford, earned the nickname during an incredible career at Pawnee High. He led his teams to two state championships and set an Oklahoma's prep record for points in a season with 1,287 in 2007-08, when he averaged 44.4 points. He also led the state with 213 assists and 172 steals in that senior season, earning The Oklahoman's Player of the Year honor. And he did it at 5-foot-9, making his Pistol tag all the more applicable.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    Join OSU writer John Helsley to talk Cowboys basketball and football in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • OSU basketball journal: Second-half collapse dooms Cowboys in loss to Baylor

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    OSU led 32-27 at the half against Baylor, but was slow to start in the second half, scoring just eight points with seven turnovers through the first 10 minutes. While the Cowboys eventually engaged, the beginning of the second half flipped momentum and fueled the Bears to a 69-65 win. “We've just got to be mentally focused for 40 minutes,” said Cowboys junior Leyton Hammonds. “We had times where we had mental collapses. And that resulted in fouls, resulted in turnovers, resulted in easy buckets for them. “So we're just going to have to be mentally strong for 40 minutes, instead of 10 in the first half, and then 30 minutes like we don't know how to play basketball anymore.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Baylor's defense too much for Cowboys

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Baylor turned up its defense in the second half, then turned it on against Oklahoma State, rallying to a 69-65 win at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • OSU basketball: Remember The Ten game schedule of events

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    For the second straight season, Baylor visits Gallagher-Iba Arena for Oklahoma State’s annual Remember The Ten game.

  • OSU basketball: Current Cowboys remember the 10

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    It’s been 15 years now — Jan. 27, 2001 — when 10 members of the Cowboys basketball traveling party died in a plane crash returning from a game in snowy Colorado.

  • OSU Hoops: Evans Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, Again

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Last Tuesday, Kansas coach Bill Self sang the praises of Cowboys freshman Jawun Evans. Monday, the Big 12 recognized the OSU point guard -- again -- with Evans earning the league's Newcomer of the Week honor for the second straight week and the third time this season. Evans becomes the first three-time winner of the league’s Newcomer of the Week award this season, and is the first OSU player to earn the honor at least three times since Marcus Smart in 2012-13. Should Evans win one more time this season he would join a list of 14 players to bring home the four times or more since the league’s inception.

  • OSU basketball journal: Cowboys falter on defense in loss to K-State

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Kansas State shot 57.7 percent from the floor, better than any Cowboys opponent this season, and finished with 38 points in the paint on a variety of layups, point-blank shots and tip-ins.

  • OSU basketball: Jawun Evans' emergence may just be getting started

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    The true freshman from Dallas continues to transform the Cowboys, growing on the go and thriving in an enhanced role that is accentuating his talents while also all those around him to look and play better.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's OSU writer John Helsley to talk Cowboys football and basketball at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.




John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 05:26:22 PM CST I've got a high school athlete, and yes, it's brutal. https://t.co/NTBzURp3hy
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 02:41:40 PM CST Cowboys got what they wanted, a foul and a trip to the line. But Solomon misses the first and the Cyclones still lead 60-59. :50 left.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 02:15:31 PM CST Cowboys are 3 of 15 on 3-pointers. And still firing.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 02:10:41 PM CST Baby steps https://t.co/KzgZWTHCRC
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 02:07:33 PM CST I'm a kind person. Mother taught me well. https://t.co/MtnjsCKPTE
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 02:00:20 PM CST The point was in reference to OSU looking like confused. A specific point. And it's because of the PG. https://t.co/YbzCiLofip
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:46:26 PM CST PG makes a difference. A huge difference. https://t.co/ONLXo9F2Eq
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:45:17 PM CST Cowboys lead 24-22 at the end of one. Half. Not quarter.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:44:39 PM CST I do not. https://t.co/yHqyv2XW6q
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:41:59 PM CST I was at practice yesterday, everything was designed to slice through the paint and attack ISU inside. Not doing it. https://t.co/E6CcAKXjEy
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:33:31 PM CST The wisdom of children. https://t.co/tTsZKl53Re
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:25:53 PM CST Leyton Hammonds has taken five shots. All from 3. And the Clones without much size.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:24:07 PM CST The Cowboys have five turnovers, three on poor passes trying to feed the post.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:19:55 PM CST Things not going well for the Clones. Now Niang picks up his second foul at the 11:15 mark.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:17:00 PM CST Iowa State already had a short bench. Now down a man in McKay. Something to watch later.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:16:08 PM CST Took the Clones almost six minutes to score. Pokes lead 10-3
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:10:16 PM CST Cyclones 0 for 4 with four turnovers to start the game.
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:08:09 PM CST Truth. And a full game. https://t.co/BR285Rkj2e
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 01:05:49 PM CST Cowboys. Cyclones. GIA. Now. Here we go... #okstate @SarahCurlyHaira
John Helsley Sat, Feb. 06 2016 12:58:06 PM CST Without Evans, Griffin starts at the point, with Newberry, Hammonds, Carroll and Solomon. #okstate

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