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Position: Sports Writer

Email: jmentzer@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4540

About: Jon Mentzer joined The Durango Herald Sports Desk in 2015. He spent the past year in Ketchum, Idaho (near Sun Valley) working as the Sports Editor for the Wood River Journal and as a freelance writer and photographer. Jon is an avid skier, camper and overall outdoorsman. In his off time, he enjoys photography, creative writing, fly-fishing and a little bit of mountain biking.
Jon originally came from Lacey, Washington, and studied Journalism and Creative Writing at Central Washington University in Ellensburg. What got Jon into journalism was a talent for writing and a passion for sports. He also has a background of playing sports and even bigger background of being fan. And within the sports realm, Jon also enjoys sports trivia and the history of sports. As a sports writer, Jon has had the opportunity to live and breathe in beautiful places. He looks at Durango as another adventure in another beautiful place.
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Bayfield’s Tracy Hines helping change adaptive sports game

With the Summer Olympics all wrapped up, athletes from across the nation are already training for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, Japan. Tracy Hines, of Bayfield and Mt. Holly, North Carolina, is no...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Christian Gering is quickest to finish line in Thirsty 13

Before rain came, it was a perfect day of beer drinking and running for the third annual Thirsty 13 Half Marathon, as Christian Gering pulled away from the rest of the pack to win the event....

DATE: Aug. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Bayfield football loses to San Juan, first loss since 2014

Coming back to reality was hard for the Bayfield High School football team Friday night,as the Wolverines had more than a slow start to the 2016 season. Hoping the sloppy first-half play would...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bobcats bring new attitude against Thunderhawks

It’s a new season with a chance to erase history. The Ignacio Bobcats football team will try to buck a losing trend in 2016. Head coach Alfonso “Ponch” Garcia and his team will begin the season on...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield, San Juan football square off in battle of champions

When the Bayfield Wolverines’ team bus pulls into Blanding, Utah, on Friday night, the defending Colorado High School Activities Association Class 2A football champions will get a chance to prove...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio football looks to turn page, focuses on competition

Last season’s woes are in the past, and head coach Alfonso “Ponch” Garcia expects a full turnaround for his Ignacio Bobcats football team in 2016. A full year removed from an 0-9 season in the 1A...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Defending champion Bayfield enters football season with target on back

The nostalgia is wearing off and the parade has ended. It’s time to go back to work. Coming off an impressive championship run last year, the Bayfield Wolverines enter 2016 focused, reloaded and...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Homeless athlete Joe Herrera creates his own path through music

When Joe Herrera stepped up to the plate during his senior year of high school, he was used to curveballs. If the captain of the Ignacio High School baseball team wasn’t fighting them off from...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Howard Grotts gets another win at USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships

Howard Grotts continues to prove he is the best mountain biker in the United States. The Durango native backed up his cross country national championship win Friday with a come-from-behind victory...

DATE: July 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Durango’s Howard Grotts alone at finish with USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship

Howard Grotts is once again the USA Mountain Bike Cross-Country champion. Grotts was all alone as he cruised passed the finish line at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship at Mammoth...

DATE: July 15, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Wyatt Killinen shines in Texas

Bayfield High School offensive guard, Wyatt Killinen, recently took multiple trips to test his football mettle, and came back more knowledgeable and ready for the new football season to begin....

DATE: July 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Emily Jordan takes first at Ridge to 38 Criterium

After being upgraded to the Senior Women Pro 1-2 category, Durango native Emily Jordan strapped on her first official win in that category with a victory at the Ridge at 38 Criterium Colorado...

DATE: June 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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