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.


  • Stillwater Regional notebook: Cowboys turn to Jon Perrin in opener

    By John Helsley | Updated: 12 hr ago

    One of the bigger questions surrounding Oklahoma State entering regional play: how would the Cowboys coaches align their pitching.

  • OSU baseball: Trey Cobb critical to OSU's regional hopes

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Now, coming up on three years since Josh Holliday’s hiring and his flip to OSU, Trey Cobb may be the most valuable piece in the Cowboys’ weekend pitching equation in the Stillwater Regional.

  • Oklahoma State pitcher Michael Freeman nabs major honor

    John Helsley | Yesterday

    The feel-good story that is Michael Freeman’s senior season gained another layer Thursday. The Cowboys left-hander is an All-American. Barely a piece of OSU’s pitching plan a year ago and not a piece of the weekend rotation when this season began, Freeman has been named to the 2015 Louisville Slugger All-America Second Team by Collegiate […]

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Marty Lees a big part of the coaching powerhouse at Oklahoma State

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    An elite recruiter and defensive teacher, he was the coach in waiting at baseball big-timer Oregon State. Then Lees left that behind to join Holliday at Oklahoma State; a leap of faith to grow his experience and knowledge.

  • Home at last: Oklahoma State could play two rounds at Reynolds Stadium

    By John Helsley | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    OSU learned Sunday that it would be hosting a Stillwater Regional for the second straight year. Monday brought the completion of the bracket, as well as a potential bonus – the promise of a Super Regional in Stillwater, if the Cowboys can navigate through the weekend.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: A glance at the Stillwater Regional

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    No. 1 Oklahoma State (37-18) The No. 11-ranked Cowboys received an at-large bid to host a Regional for the second straight season, making its 41st NCAA Tournament appearance and a third straight under Josh Holliday. No. 2 Arkansas (35-22) The No. 20 Razorbacks received an at-large bid after finishing third in the SEC West, going 17-12 in the conference. Arkansas won 20 of its last 27 games is making its 14th straight NCAA appearance and 28th overall. No. 3 Oral Roberts (41-14) The Golden Eagles claimed the automatic bid from the Summit League, winning the regular season and conference tournament. This is ORU’s first NCAA appearance since 2012 and its 25th overall. No. 4 St.

  • Oklahoma State baseball notebook: Cowboys vow to bounce back

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    OSU is looking ahead with intent, with plenty of opportunity awaiting in the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Cowboys bounced back strong, winning the Stillwater Regional.

  • Oklahoma baseball notebook: Bedlam at the Big 12 Tournament — finally

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Either the Cowboys or Sooners will be in Sunday’s championship game, determined Saturday when the teams square off as the last two teams standing in their bracket. OSU is one win away from a title-game berth, while OU must beat the Cowboys twice to advance. Game 1 is set for 12:30 p.m., with an if-necessary game at 7:30.

  • Oklahoma State baseball notebook: For Trey Cobb, Donnie Walton, it's home sweet home

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The Big 12 Baseball Tournament’s move to Tulsa offered a hometown advantage for some of the Cowboys. Two of them came through big Wednesday night. Trey Cobb pitched five perfect innings in relief, and Donnie Walton drove in two runs with a single and a home run, leading Oklahoma State past West Virginia 3-0. Cobb, a Broken Arrow product, never allowed the Mountaineers to pose a threat. Walton, who played at Bishop Kelley High School, started and ended OSU’s scoring. “It’s really cool pitching in Tulsa, where I grew up, and went to games as a kid,” Cobb said. WILDCATS PLAYING WITH PURPOSE Kansas State is one of six teams looking to a Big 12 Tournament run as entry into the NCAA

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys blank West Virginia in Big 12 Tournament opener

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    OSU throws a curveball — starts part-time pitcher Conor Costello on the mound against Mountaineers.

  • OSU baseball: Ryan Sluder's hitting surge came at opportune time for Cowboys

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Lately, Sluder’s been rising up the charts, climbing to the top of the Big 12’s batting leaders for conference-only games, hitting .403 inside the league and bashing five of his six home runs over the past 12 games.

  • Big 12 baseball notebook: K-State starter has dominated Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Kansas State head coach Brad Hill had an easy decision on who to throw in Wednesday’s 4 p.m. Big 12 Tournament opener against Oklahoma. Redshirt sophomore Nate Griep has been dominant against the Sooners in two starts over his career. Griep has thrown a pair of complete game shutouts against OU. On May 8, he struck out three and walked two in a 5-0 win in Manhattan. On March 23, 2014, Griep struck out two and walked one in another 5-0 win in Norman. “The key to playing Kansas State, and they played us well in their park, is to get through their starting pitching and try to get to that bullpen early,” Sooners coach Pete Hughes said. “That’s what we look to do. “We’ve just got to get by their

  • Big 12 baseball: Michael Freeman's delivery adjustment changes everything

    By John Helsley | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Struggling to find traction in the game, and on the Oklahoma State pitching staff, as an unaccomplished college senior, Freeman emerged as the Cowboys ace and the Big 12’s most consistently reliable pitcher.

  • Big 12 Baseball: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State could meet in another Bedlam matchup

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Cowboys enter tourament in Tulsa as the second-place team. Sooners are third place.

  • Big 12 baseball: Big 12 title not an option, but Cowboys push ahead

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    The No. 13-ranked Cowboys can’t claim the title, even if league-leading TCU is swept at Oklahoma, eliminated by West Virginia and weather last weekend.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    The Big 12 baseball season in it its final days, OSU is getting hype in the offseason football talk, and the Cowboys are having a recruiting whirlwind on the hardcourt. Talk about it all with John Helsley on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OSU Hoops: Recruiting Twisting, Turning

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Remember when it looked like the Cowboys had secured another big man for next season, Washington 6-10 transfer Jernard Jarreau? Apparently, that didn’t last long, as Jarreau seems to have flipped again, to Tulane, and says so in this report. Anybody for a forward instead? Providence transfer Tyler Harris is in Stillwater now, making a […]

  • OSU basketball: Travis and Heather Ford see Darrell Williams graduate from Oklahoma State

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Travis and Heather Ford vowed never to forget Williams, the former Cowboy who was convicted and later exonerated of sexual battery charges stemming from an alleged incident in Stillwater. And they wouldn’t forget, extending their support through an emotional and trying process, through devastating lows and redeeming highs, and through the joy of Saturday, when Williams walked as a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

  • OSU Chat Recap: John Helsley talks Emmanuel Ogbah's potential, Mike Gundy's mood and how Big 12 football could effect the rest of the league

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    The Oklahoman's John Helsley answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat Friday, ranging from who fills in the OSU frontcourt to Josh Holliday's future in Stillwater. Here's the recap.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys finally envisioning new baseball stadium

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    A new baseball stadium remains in OSU’s Athletic Village plan, one of two final pieces along with a new soccer facility. There’s no firm start date. There’s no money to make it happen – yet.




John Helsley Today at 11:45 AM Good get for #okstate hoops: Eastern Illinois transfer forward Chris Olivier commits. Avg 13 ppg, 5.3 reb. Eligible immediately.
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 10:11:06 PM CST @OKSt8Fan @ryaber Tulsa was only able to bid on one year of the four, didn't help. And actually, the crowds weren't impressive in Tulsa.
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 09:48:39 PM CST RT @ryaber: Big 12 sports: OKC will host Big 12 baseball women's hoops in coming years LINK
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 05:49:24 PM CST RT @Big12Conference: #Big12BSB is headed to Bricktown Ballpark in OKC through 2020 as well. Congrats! @okcAllSports @okcredhawks LINK
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 05:49:12 PM CST RT @DillonJames94: Bowlsby says Big 12 wanted to keep baseball in one place for four years, Tulsa was only able to bid for 2018.
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 05:48:10 PM CST RT @jacobunruh: Former #OKState, Putnam City pitcher Andrew Heaney is taking the mound right now against the OKC Dodgers. #OKPreps LINK
John Helsley Thu, May. 28 2015 09:58:51 AM CST #OkState Baseball: Freeman nabs major honor: LINK
John Helsley Wed, May. 27 2015 02:02:25 PM CST RT @DickieV: From a star sportswriter in Oklahoma to a mystery writer - Mike Baldwin 's latest novel SMASHED TATER #AwesomeBaby LINK
John Helsley Tue, May. 26 2015 09:22:53 PM CST RT @kylefredrickson: Get caught up on #OKstate QB Mason Rudolph's trip to Israel (LINK) His dad told me this in January: …
John Helsley Tue, May. 26 2015 11:13:47 AM CST Scouting ahead. https://t.co/ygO4wydRg7
John Helsley Tue, May. 26 2015 11:06:53 AM CST #OkState baseball hopes to get comfy at home: LINK
John Helsley Tue, May. 26 2015 10:43:54 AM CST #Is OkState baseball looking Super? LINK
John Helsley Tue, May. 26 2015 10:37:02 AM CST RT @OSUBaseball: Tickets for Stillwater Regional are going fast! Get yours now - https://t.co/Bqqhigt4Fx or 877-255-4678. #okstate #RoadToO…
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 10:16:54 PM CST RT @Fielder29: #OkState QB commit Nick Starkel reports an offer from the Aggies. https://t.co/ftKAOZq6W4
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:26:59 AM CST Should be Ark-ORU at noon, OSU-St. John's at 6. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:22:37 AM CST RT @KKlintworth: Stillwater regional just became a tough ticket. I wouldn't wait to purchase.
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:21:47 AM CST RT @Eman_OSU38: #WTIB #PASSRUSHU LINK
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:20:58 AM CST @_GeraldTracyIII If advance, yes. If reports are true
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:16:37 AM CST There are reports that Missouri State won't host a Super, due to conflict with Springfield Cardinals, with whom they share a ballpark.
John Helsley Mon, May. 25 2015 11:11:44 AM CST RT @cowboybaseball: 1) Oklahoma State 4) St. John's 2) Arkansas 3) Oral Roberts The Stillwater Regional is paired with the... LINK

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