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 baseball: Gage Green's blast boosts Cowboys

    By John Helsley | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoma State leadoff man mashed the second pitch he saw in the first inning, driving it for a home run and some early juice for the No. 10-ranked Cowboys. By the time the day was over, OSU clubbed three home runs among 14 hits in a 7-1 romp at Reynolds Stadium that delivered a series win and returned the Cowboys to a first-place tie with Oklahoma atop the Big 12 standings.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game

    By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.) both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season

  • Oklahoma State football: Zac Veatch embracing another new role

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Saturday in the Orange-White Game, the junior-to-be stamped himself as more than a glorified blocker, hauling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Mason Rudolph. Even Veatch didn’t see that coming late last fall.

  • College baseball: Cowboys, Sooners setting Big 12 pace

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The Cowboys and Sooners have been good at times during the Big 12 era, yet rarely conference-contender good in the same season. Yet as the two teams chug toward their Bedlam Series clash in two weeks, there’s a solid possibility of a high-stakes showdown when they collide in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

  • OSU football notebook: Rain or shine, spring game is on

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The weather forecast for OSU’s spring game offers little hope for sunshine, with rain likely and storms possible throughout the day and including the planned 1 p.m. event. Still, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said there is no Plan B. “We can't fit everybody in the indoor, so we will go with it,” Gundy said. “There’s so many other things around them (the Remember the 10 Run, softball and baseball games), you’ve got to go with it. You can't change it. “If there's not a threat of lightning, we'll go play, and these guys understand that. It may not be fan friendly, but there’s not anything that we can do to control that. For the game, for the fans and for the team we’re going to play a game.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys again look to be loaded at receiver

    By John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The Cowboys appear loaded at wide receiver – again. And unlike a year ago, when such a scenario never fully played out, the 2015 climate projects as premium for the pass catchers.

  • OSU Baseball: Cowboys Surging, Right On Time

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Back before the season started, Josh Holliday talked optimistically about who and what the Cowboys could be on the heels of a Big 12 championship season. Yet, he offered one caution: wait for it. OSU was opening with a three-game series at Arizona State and also playing more quality teams in the Big 12/Pac 12 […]

  • Bedlam baseball: Cowboys set Bedlam record in rout of Sooners

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Oklahoma State, ranked as high as No. 9 nationally, batted around twice, totaled 20 hits, four extra-base hits and nine walks, all pleasing to a big crowd of 3,111 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

  • Bedlam baseball: Cowboys, Sooners streak into Bedlam

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Both teams are streaking, with OU coming off its own sweep of Kansas, featuring two walk-off, 10-inning wins. OSU is coming off a three-game sweep at Texas.

  • OU vs. OSU baseball: Who has the edge in Bedlam?

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    BEDLAM BASEBALL -- It's the first edition of OU vs. OSU baseball this season. Who has the edge on Tuesday night? Jenni Carlson and John Helsley break down Bedlam and the Big 12 baseball outlook.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Cowboys stay late, go deep to take down Texas

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Cowboy catcher Bryan Case smoked a two-out pitch for a two-run home run in the fourth inning, the difference in No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State’s 3-1 win at Reynolds Stadium.

  • OSU Baseball: Early Morning Drama

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    In case you missed it, and surely almost everyone did, the Cowboys won Game 1 of a showdown series with Texas… At 1:51 a.m., Saturday. Game 2 is also Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., at least allowing both teams some time to recover and reload. And they’ll need it, after 18 innings, nearly seven hours, a […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: How the 1995 Final Four run made Gallagher-Iba Arena possible

    By John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    REMEMBER WHEN — On the 20th anniversary of Eddie Sutton’s Oklahoma State Cowboys’ run to the 1995 Final Four, here’s a look at that team’s accomplishments and legacy.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: With Donnie Walton back, Cowboys seek surge

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Walton is back, again leading the No. 11-ranked Cowboys, who enter a weekend series with No. 18 Texas, pitting the teams atop the Big 12 standings.

  • Oklahoma State athletics: Q&A with OSU athletic director Mike Holder

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The main topic was basketball coach Travis Ford, although Holder wouldn’t address whether replacing Ford was a consideration. Still, he was relaxed, talkative and open.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford focusing on the positives

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    “You can look at it as the glass is half empty or the glass is half full. I choose to look at it as the glass is half full,” Ford said Wednesday during a meeting with a select group of media members, just one day after Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder found it necessary to confirm Ford’s status as basketball coach, amid growing speculation that a change could be coming.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: AD Mike Holder says Travis Ford 'is our head coach now, will be our head coach moving forward'

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    In the wake of The Oklahoman’s report that the Oklahoma State is considering buying out the contract of men’s basketball coach Travis Ford, OSU athletic director Mike Holder issued a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Given the overwhelming amount of unfounded rumors surrounding the future of our head basketball coach Travis Ford, I am departing from my […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Sources say OSU considering buyout of men's basketball coach Travis Ford

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The cost of firing Ford: at least $9.6 million – the full remainder owed from a 10-year contract extension given to the coach in September of 2009.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Kansas State slows Cowboys' fast start in Big 12

    By John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Kansas State dumped No. 12-ranked Oklahoma State 4-2, pulling its record back to .500 and interrupting the Cowboys’ strong start in the conference.

  • OSU Sports: Catching Up With Larry Reece

    John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A happy Friday began with a text message from Larry Reece. And the day quickly got happier. Reece, in Houston battling cancer at M.D. Anderson Hospital, checked in to provide an update to his bout with the Big C — you can read my previous story about his journey here. And the report from the […]




John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 06:02:08 PM CST Baylor gets a run, but the Cowboys get the win, and the series and their spot atop the Big 12 back (tied with OU). 7-1 final. @okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 05:57:04 PM CST Pitching change at Allie P. Nurdin leaves to a standing O, leading 7-0 with one out in the 9th. Bases full. Trey Cobb now in. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 05:45:19 PM CST To the 9th, Cowboys lead 7-0. Nurdin trying to finish what he started. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 05:44:39 PM CST @sbeam2011 Not much at the moment. Focus right now is on the health of asst. Tommy Wade and his battle back from a heart attack.
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 05:09:20 PM CST RT @OSUBaseball: Stretch time at Allie P. with #okstate up 7-0
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 05:00:37 PM CST Sir, I'll have another? Ryan Sluder goes deep for #okstate's second HR of the inning. 7-0. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 04:58:08 PM CST That's a bomb -- and the bomb song -- for Corey Hassel, who drives a solo shot out to RF. Cowboys lead 6-0 b6. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 04:46:53 PM CST Pokes pick up another, push lead to 5-0 through 5 innings. Have stranded 11 runners, or else this would be out of hand. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 04:32:05 PM CST RT @OSUBaseball: Bears go in order in t5 as #okstate maintains 4-0 lead
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 04:26:10 PM CST Cowboys tack on one run in the fourth, but should have had more, after loading the bases with nobody out. Still, 4-0 #okstate.
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 03:54:23 PM CST Cowboys get 2 in the third, RBIs from Dustin Williams and David Petrino. 3-0. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 03:29:26 PM CST Through 2 at Allie P,, it's 1-0 #okstate. Pokes left bases loaded in the 2nd and ran into an out at home.
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 02:57:22 PM CST Cowboys waste no time getting on the board in Game 3. Leadoff Gage Green rips second pitch he sees for a HR off the scoreboard in rt. 1-0.
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 02:51:36 PM CST RT @OSUBaseball: We're underway in series finale vs. Baylor as #okstate tries to claim another series win and remain atop Big 12 standings
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 02:42:18 PM CST LHP Tyler Nurdin gets the call to start Game 3. He's 1-2, but has a strong 2.67 ERA. Sounds like he could use some runs, too. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 02:41:13 PM CST Cowboys scored in the 1st inning of Game 2 vs. Baylor yesterday, slightly after 1 p.m. A long time in between runs. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Apr. 20 2015 02:17:36 PM CST Cowboys fall in resumed Game 2 of Baylor series, 2-1. Rubber game coming up at 2:50. Great day at the park. #okstate
John Helsley Sun, Apr. 19 2015 07:52:07 PM CST Must read. https://t.co/RbnzsT9GLp
John Helsley Sun, Apr. 19 2015 05:21:03 PM CST @jjhelsley Should have noted that resumption at 1 p.m.
John Helsley Sun, Apr. 19 2015 05:20:33 PM CST #OkState baseball weathered out, with Game 2 resuming Monday, followed by Game 3 immediately after. Cowboys trail 2-1, bottom 6.

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