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 notebook: Maryland focuses on Le'Bryan Nash, Phil Forte

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    Nash led the Cowboys with 17 points, but managed just six in the second half when he went 2-of-6 shooting from the floor. Forte connected on three 3-pointers among 13 points, yet finished 4-of-11 shooting.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys fall to No. 17 Maryland

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    No. 17 Maryland used an early second-half surge to build a big lead on its way to a 73-64 win over the Cowboys before an estimated 10,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Maryland offers Cowboys a measuring stick

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    The Cowboys are 9-1, yet there’s still no great feel for how good this team is or how good it can be, due to a soft nonconference schedule that has yet to present a ranked opponent.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: A look at the rugged seven-game stretch coming up for OSU

    By John Helsley | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s early season schedule has offered few challenges. That’s all about to change, beginning with No. 17 Maryland’s visit to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Sunday.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Scouting Maryland

    John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    There’s a big game coming to Gallagher-Iba Arena Sunday. Finally. And not just a big game, but a big boy program with big-time tradition: Maryland. After nearly two months of treading through the likes of Southeastern Louisiana, Prairie View A&M, Northwestern Oklahoma State and Middle Tennessee State in Stillwater, a marquee matchup inside GIA is […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys dominate in the paint in win over Middle Tennessee

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Dec 16, 2014

    Oklahoma State outscored Middle Tennessee — whose tallest starter stood 6-foot-7 — 32-8 in the paint, contributing to a 68-44 romp before an estimated 2,000 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Lob Stilly dormant, not dead

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    “It’s just a little bit in hiding right now,” said OSU post man Michael Cobbins. “It’s still alive, though.”

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys worked hard in practice before Memphis game

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    A hectic early season schedule hadn’t allowed for much practice time, and Ford said he felt like fundamentals suffered.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Michael Cobbins continues to make progress in comeback

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Saturday at Memphis, Cobbins gave reason, again, for renewed hope that he’s getting close to being all the way back, two days after predicting so in a meeting with the media.

  • OSU 73, Memphis 55: Five Thoughts

    John Helsley | Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    The Cowboys led most of the way and led big throughout the second half, grabbing an important 73-55 road win Saturday at Memphis. OSU, moving to 8-1, led by as much as 22 in the second half and just missed becoming the first team since Cincinnati in 1999 to drop a 20-point home loss on […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Anthony Hickey hears Travis Ford's call to lead

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    The LSU transfer may be providing better point guard play than any Cowboy since Byron Eaton. That doesn’t mean he’s a better player at the point than, say, Marcus Smart. But Hickey’s play at the point appears more impactful, in terms of running and facilitating a more complete offense.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: How Cowboys 7-footer Anthony Allen posted up in soccer

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    ANTHONY ALLEN Q&A — Oklahoma State’s junior college transfer has made many transitions in recent years: From the Carribean to Connecticut and then Stillwater. And from soccer to basketball.

  • VIDEO: (Mason) Rudolph brings holiday cheer to music class project

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    OK, the reference – especially this time of year – was too easy. Mason Rudolph… the famous reindeer. Too easy to resist. And a lot of folks took their shots at putting Rudolph, the player, to rhymes and song, after he helped lead the Cowboys to a 38-35 overtime Bedlam win. And hey, he did guide […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    On the field, Oklahoma State is going bowling. On the court, the Cowboys are looking to rebound from its first loss of the season. OSU writer John Helsley jumps on the Power Lunch chat to talk about what's happening in Stillwater. Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy sees lessons in Bedlam

    By John Helsley | Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Through injuries and lopsided losses, the Cowboys re-emerged to a rewarding final game that earned them a spot in the Cactus Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.

  • Oklahoma State football: After the weird week that was, credit to Mike Gundy

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    Seems Gundy was just being Gundy, tweaking the media – as he’s wont to do – pulling off a sleight-of-hand trick all the while, distracting us all in this era of constant instant analysis to look over here… while the real story was going on over there, with the Cowboys gearing up to steal a Bedlam win.

  • Oklahoma State football: Ben Grogan's game-winning kick was his first field-goal attempt since October

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    OSU NOTEBOOK — It was a tad longer than extra-point length, but Ben Grogan’s 21-yard field goal decided Bedlam

  • OSU football: Tyreek Hill 'smiling and crying and whatnot' during game-tying 92-yard punt return

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    NORMAN — Tyreek Hill broke into the clear, in full stride, off to the races on the biggest play of Bedlam 2014 – OSU’s biggest single Bedlam play since Rashaun Woods in the 16-13 game of 2001. And with a glance over his right shoulder, he knew. “There was a D-lineman chasing me from behind,” Hill said of the lumbering Sooner Chuka Ndulue, letting a giggle slip. “I saw that and I just started smiling and crying and whatnot. I’m just thankful it happened, man.” Tears of joy flowed from Cowboys fans everywhere, with Twitter providing confirmation. Hill’s 92-yard punt return for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining was the jolt-from-the-blue play that pulled OSU even in an eventual 38-35 win. Never

  • Bedlam Live: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    It's Bedlam time again. Can Oklahoma State score the upset and get bowl eligible? Can the Sooners extend their streak over the Cowboys? Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team from pregame to postgame.

  • OSU basketball: Pieces coming together for often short-handed Cowboys

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    STILLWATER — Minus a suspended Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State struck for 87 points in Wednesday’s win over North Texas - a season-high total against Division I foes. “For us to be able to get 87 without our leading scorer, we’ll take this,” Cowboys coach Travis Ford said afterward. OSU was also without an injured Leyton Hammonds, who has started at times, as well as reserve post man Marek Soucek, also nursing an injury. Missing pieces has become a theme of sorts for the Cowboys this season, with starting center Michael Cobbins sitting the first three games to appease NCAA regulations and reserve center Anthony Allen missing one game after collecting a Flagrant 2 foul.




John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:59:57 PM CST Cowboys fall 73-64, can't overcome Terps surge to open the second half.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:44:05 PM CST Cowboys trail 64-51 with 3:40 left. Need something special against a Maryland team with many weapons, even without leading scorer.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:16:16 PM CST Not many whistles in the first half. Here they come.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:09:02 PM CST Terps firing daggers. Three 3s this half fuel 13-3 run to 45-30 lead. Ford already two timeouts this hald
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:05:32 PM CST RT @mark_cooperjr: #OKState defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer and his wife, Jeannine Edwards, make a kiss cam appearance.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 02:05:18 PM CST Sloppy start to the second half, two OSU turnovers, lead to Maryland 3 and a layup. Terps up 37-27.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:46:23 PM CST Cobbins jam and Forte 3 pull Cowboys within 5 at the half, down 32-27. Nash with 11 to lead the Pokes.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:43:58 PM CST Cobbins misses two FT, when the Cowboys needed the points.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:42:32 PM CST Maryland with a spurt, while the Cowboys cold. 15-4 run puts the Terps up 29-22, 1:58 left in the half.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:36:23 PM CST RT @pistolsguy: Cobbins with a monster block. https://t.co/EwJkOEH2kU
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:36:11 PM CST Jeffrey Carroll's shot just a bit off in recent games. Good looks and fires, but a lot of in and outs.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:33:11 PM CST Ford talked the other day about his faith and trust in Sager. Seeing it today, with Sager getting a lot of play.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:32:08 PM CST RT @pistolsguy: That 3 from Le'Bryan was his first made 3 since the 2013 NCAA Tournament against Oregon. Wow!
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:28:58 PM CST Nash with a 3 and the Cowboys have their first lead, 16-13. Nash with 9 pts, playing well on both ends.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:26:47 PM CST RT @mark_cooperjr: Don't think we've seen Nash play with this much intensity (offensively and defensively) this season. He's focused.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:26:25 PM CST Good defensive matchup. With few whistles, too.
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:26:04 PM CST RT @OSUMBB: Nash with another basket and this game is tied, 13-13! #okstate
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:24:41 PM CST Nash was all alone near the basket, waving... fans were screaming. Finally, Forte finds him for a layup and fouled. Missed the FT. 13-11 Md
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:18:08 PM CST Not a good offensive lineup on the floor right now. Strictly a give-em-a-blow group.,
John Helsley Sun, Dec. 21 2014 01:16:16 PM CST Ford goes to the bench, Hammonds, Newberry and Allen in. See how they score....