Joe Fries

Position: Herald Sports Writer

Email: jfries@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4544

About: Joe is a University of Denver journalism school graduate. He is a member of the Denver Press Club and a Damon Runyon Scholar. Before joining The Durango Herald, ... Joe was a guest blogger for The Denver Post’s politics blog and a sportswriter for The Herald Palladium in St. Joseph, Michigan. He also freelanced for The Epoch Times where he covered the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and the PGA Tour. Before starting a career in journalism, he was a PGA Professional in Miami Beach, Florida, and Naperville, Illinois. Joe and his wife are from Chicago. They have a daughter, a Labrador retriever named Phoebe and a cat appropriately named Shredder. Joe likes live music, playing golf and exploring the great state of Colorado.

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Fort Lewis College names Barney Hinkle as new athletic director

Fort Lewis College hired one of its own as the new director of athletics. Former FLC men’s basketball standout Barney Hinkle will replace Gary Hunter as the leader of the Skyhawks athletics...

DATE: July 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: College Sports

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Durango Roller Girls home opener a smashing success

Roller derby made its 2017 Durango debut Saturday night at Chapman Hill Ice Rink. The Durango Roller Girls welcomed a tough crew of visitors from Flagstaff who are known as one of the top teams in...

DATE: July 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports

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Seamus Millett wins his 5th USA Youth Modern Pentathlon National Championship

Durango’s Seamus Millett is a United States National Champion once again. Millett won his fifth consecutive USA Modern Pentathlon National Championship in the Youth A group at last week’s USA Youth...

DATE: July 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports

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High school sports participation booming

Colorado high school sports participation has reached record levels. The Colorado High School Activities Association released data last week confirming the 2016-17 school year had the highest...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango Swim Club improves in Grand Junction

The Durango Swim Club took its youth swimmers to Wednesday’s talent-loaded Grand Junction Invite and showed improvement from last year’s impressive effort. The Durango squad matched up with more...

DATE: June 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

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Durango’s Teagan Kehm headed to elite softball tournament

Durango’s 13-year-old Teagan Kehm is about to have the softball experience of her life. After a grueling March tryout session in Glendale, Arizona, Kehm was chosen to play for the 12-and-under Far...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

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5th annual Alpine Bank Durango Pickleball Tournament draws record numbers

One of the fastest growing sports in the nation and its die-hard participants took center court at the Durango Community Recreation Center over the weekend. The fifth annual Alpine Bank Durango...

DATE: June 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports

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Jere Pelletier wins the 56th Navajo Trail Open

Three rounds of golf weren’t enough to decide the 56th Navajo Trail Open at Durango’s Hillcrest Golf Club. After an incredible par save on the 18th hole, Jere Pelletier worked his way into a...

DATE: June 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Navajo Trail Open golf tournament is open for the taking

The best putter is usually the best finisher at the Navajo Trail Open - and Caston Roberts has the right formula through two rounds. Roberts, from Gilbert, Arizona, was described by spectators as...

DATE: June 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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First timer leads after Day 1 at Navajo Trail Open

So much for local knowledge being the key to conquering Hillcrest Golf Club. The winds threw a curveball at most players on a tough opening day for scoring at the 56th Navajo Trail Open, and the...

DATE: June 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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The 56th Navajo Trail Open starts Friday in Durango

Golfers have arrived in Durango for the 56th Navajo Trail Open, but it’ll be hard for this year’s storyline to match last year. Two friends – mentor and pupil – cruised down the 18th fairway in a...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Hillcrest Golf Club hole-by-hole for the Navajo Trail Open

Wil Collins, the 2016 Navajo Trail Open champion, had the perfect game to conquer the short but tricky Hillcrest Golf Club. His masterful wedge work and clutch putting led to a one-shot victory. ...

DATE: June 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Sports