High School Years
Helling attended Lakota High School in Lakota, North Dakota for three years, before graduating from Shanley High School in Shanley, North Dakota. He was a letterman in football, basketball and baseball. In football, he was a three-time All-Conference honoree.
On June 20, 2006, Helling struck out three batters on nine pitches — Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez — in the first inning of a 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Helling became the 28th National League pitcher and the 37th pitcher in Major League history to accomplish the nine-strike/three-strikeout half-inning.
On February 5, 2007 he announced his retirement to spend more time with his family.