Position: Sports reporter

Email: bploen@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4544

About: Brendan Ploen is a native of Park Ridge, Illinois, located near Chicago. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a degree in journalism in May, 2018. Before moving to Durango, he spent two years at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where he worked as an agate clerk in the sports department. In addition, at Marquette, he was the assistant sports editor for the Marquette Wire, the student media publication, where he covered basketball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field and cross country. He has won the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award as well as the Milwaukee Press Club's college-level awards for best sports story and online sports story.
In his free time, he likes to go for hikes, travel and watch Marquette basketball and the Chicago Cubs.
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Mountain Archery Festival hits bullseye

Austin Whitt called Saturday’s Train to Hunt sprint race as part of the Mountain Archery Festival “borderline brutal.” With a 50-pound pack on and needing the focus required to hit a target from...

DATE: July 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Fort Lewis College 2005 championship team named to RMAC Hall of Fame

Fort Lewis College 6, Lynn University 4. Despite being 14 years removed from that famous 10-point goal-fest of a scoreline in the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship semifinal, it was the...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Millie O’Ketter to represent US at international volleyball tournament

Millie O’Kettter is ready to wear the Stars and Stripes for the first time in her volleyball career, and she’ll be doing so from somewhere she has never been before. O’Ketter was selected to...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Henry Anderson looks to become Durango’s next pool shark

When eighth grader Henry Anderson makes an appearance at Pongas in downtown Durango, it’s for two things: games of pool and cokes with his dad, Mark. Anderson, 12, not only has been running the...

DATE: July 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Durango little leaguers win district championship

The Durango Gray little league baseball team clobbered its way to the Durango Youth Softball and Baseball District Tournament title on Saturday, as they defeated the Pagosa Springs Pirates 16-1 in...

DATE: June 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball add two more players

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team added two more incoming freshmen for the much-anticipated 2019 season, as Kamryn Lopez of Albuquerque and Haley Fonceca of Boise, Idaho, added their names to...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Sean Claussen out as Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse coach

The Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse coach will be looking for its fifth coach in the last 10 seasons after Sean Claussen was fired last month. Claussen led the Skyhawks for two seasons and was...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango runners wrap up season at New Balance Nationals

Durango High School’s ‘Fab Four’ competed together one final time last weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina, and while they narrowly missed out on bringing...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango BMXers pay tribute to founders

Jack Turner looked out at the course setup just before races began on Friday night at the BMX track at Cundiff Park and soaked it all in. It was a sight that he, and any longtime volunteer of the...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Mitchell Story hopeful for Junior Rodeo Nationals

Mitchell Story is feeling a lot more confident heading into his second National Junior High Finals Rodeo. This time, he will head into South Dakota as a state champion. Story, a 15-year-old from...

DATE: June 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Bayfield’s Farmer, McGhehey named all-state honorable mention

Two Bayfield High School baseball stars garnered the attention of the rest of the state with their play in 2019. That landed them honorable mention status on the Colorado High School Activities...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango football to change leagues yet again

It’s become almost a running joke for Durango High School head football coach David Vogt that as soon as he becomes familiar with a school and its style of play, he knows conference realignment...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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