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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Wrestling Roundup: Foutz, Pickering place for Bayfield at Mel Smith Invitational

In a loaded field of sure-fire state championship contenders at the Mel Smith Husky Invitational in Florence on Saturday, Bayfield had two placers while Ignacio was shutout at the podium. Lamar...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 14 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Bayfield girls basketball drops heartbreaker in Cortez

The Bayfield High School girls basketball team had Montezuma-Cortez on the ropes in Saturday’s Class 3A Intermountain League opener at M-CHS, but the Wolverines struggled mightily at the free-throw...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango girls swimming wins End of an Era Invite

The Durango High School girls swim team likely ended its run at the Fort Lewis College Natatorium on Saturday at aptly-named End of an Era Invitational, as plans are in the works to fill in the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 3 hours 57 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio basketball uses third quarter to pull away from Dolores

When Ignacio High School guard Triston Thompson warmed up before Friday night’s game against Dolores, he admitted he missed a lot of his attempts. Once the game started, though, Thompson came to...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango musher Ryne Olson third at Copper Basin 300, looks to Yukon Quest

When Ryne Olson saw temperatures hovering around 60-below zero during parts of the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race Monday, she started to question herself as mind games danced in her head. All she...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Bayfield wrestling earns Intermountain League dual win at Cortez

John Foutz got the Bayfield High School wrestling team off to a strong start when he pinned his opponent in the 220-pound matchup in Tuesday’s Class 3A Intermountain League dual-meet at...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango High basketball teams blow past Telluride Miners

The Durango High School boys basketball team needed a wakeup call Tuesday in Telluride. Durango got into an 18-4 hole early, but defense sparked the Demons past the Miners for a 73-40 victory....

DATE: Jan. 14, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 4 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Wrestling Roundup: Bayfield takes fifth at Rocky Mountain Invitational

La Plata County had strong performances the Rocky Mountain Invitational on Saturday in Pagosa Springs, as Bayfield, Durango and Ignacio each earned placers in a loaded field. Hosts Pagosa Springs...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 5 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio girls basketball comes up short against Alamosa

The Ignacio High School girls basketball came close to pulling off a 10-point comeback on Saturday against Alamosa inside IHS gymnasium, but the Bobcats fell just short. The Mean Moose (7-1),...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Montezuma-Cortez storms back from 15 down to stun Ignacio

Basketball fans in Southwest Colorado could have expected the matchup between Ignacio and Montezuma-Cortez to be the best of the Southwest Classic. With the tournament championship on the line, the...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Jordan Woolverton leads Durango to third-place finish at Southwest Classic

When two technical fouls were issued to the Durango High School boys basketball team in the first half of Saturday’s Southwest Classic third-place game against Bayfield, Demons junior Jordan...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2020 | UPDATED: 4 days 7 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Teagan Whiteskunk leads Cortez past Durango in Southwest Classic

Montezuma-Cortez High School’s Teagan Whiteskunk knows how to put on a show. The senior guard scored 15 points against Durango in the first boys basketball matchup between the same two teams in...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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