Position: Sports Writer

Email: rowens@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4531

About: Ryan has been a sports reporter at the Durango Herald since January 2010, covering mostly Durango High School and Fort Lewis College athletics. Before joining the Herald, he spent two years working for the Columbia Missourian in Columbia, Mo., where he worked as a sports reporter, copy editor and section designer as part of his collegiate curriculum. He was a sports intern for the State Journal-Register in his hometown of Springfield, Ill., in 2008, covering mainly high school and college athletics. Ryan graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2009 with a degree in journalism, is an avid fan of Chicago sports teams and enjoys playing the drums in his spare time. Read More

FLC men’s basketball eyes a return to the top

It’s basketball time again in Durango, and Fort Lewis College men’s basketball is gearing up for another run. The Skyhawks will be looking to make another run at the top of the Rocky Mountain...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Skyhawks hope to soar to some familiar heights

It took a bit to click – a new head coach, players working into new roles. But the Fort Lewis College women’s basketball team ended the regular season by winning 10 of its last 11 games to land in...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

The most wonderful time of year

Home or away, it’s the start of the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays? Hardly. It’s time for high school playoff football. And Durango High School is back at the party after taking a...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2013 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Hometown hero

An injury opened up a starting spot for the hometown product, and she quickly became Wednesday’s hometown hero. Brooke Milliet scored in the 18th minute, and the third-seeded Fort Lewis College...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Skyhawks have goals on the line

Flip the switch. It’s playoff time. The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team is after a deep postseason run once the NCAA Tournament rolls around, and the Skyhawks can set themselves up for...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

FLC roller-coaster ride rolls into Denver

Move on from the regular season; there’s postseason hardware to be won. That’s the mantra for the Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team. A 10-7-1 regular season earned the Skyhawks the No. 5 seed in...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Victory proves just out of reach

Colorado Mines hasn’t trailed often this year, and Fort Lewis College women’s soccer had the Orediggers on the ropes. But Mines didn’t compile an unbeaten record without learning how to avoid a...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

There’s plenty on the line for FLC-Mines

The two stingiest defenses in the league. The top two goal scorers in the league. Both unbeaten since their last meeting. The No. 2 Colorado School of Mines women’s soccer team and its 21st-ranked...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Ready. Aim. Fire!

Click, click. Pop. Click, click. Pop. Click, click. Pop. The sounds of victory. In a wild finish befitting a pair of rivals, Fort Lewis College earned the right to fire the musket after Kipp...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

This one’s called the Musket Game

The Keg of Nails. The Golden Boot. The Governor’s Trophy. The Paul Bunyan Trophy. The Beehive Boot. And now, the Musket. Head coach John L. Smith has coached for all of them in his stops at...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: College Sports

The Demons’ big block vs. the Spartans’ big kill

Strength vs. strength typically makes for a compelling matchup. So when No. 21 Durango and No. 4 Thomas Jefferson get together at the Class 4A Region 4 tournament this weekend in Denver, expect a...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2013 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Undefeated on home turf

As far as bounceback years go, a team could do a lot worse than 8-2, state ranked, undefeated at home and a trip back to the playoffs. The No. 7 Durango High School football team did just that in...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2013 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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