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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Durango has strong finish at final day of state track

Jordan Lanning wrapped up her historic high school track and field career on Saturday and did so on her terms, and more importantly, in her style. The Bayfield High School senior won her third...

DATE: May 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 14 hours 56 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Jordan Lanning wins long jump at Day 2 of state

Jordan Lanning earned more than her second state title in as many days after she conquered the long jump on Day 2 of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s State Track and Field...

DATE: May 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango swimming wraps up at state

The Durango High School boys swimming team made sizable strides this season, and it showed at the first day of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 4A Boys State Swimming &...

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

Durango has record-breaking 4x800 relay at first day of state track and field

The faces from the members of the Durango High School boys 4x800-meter relay team said it all – they were state champions. It was one of many story lines from the first day of competition at the...

DATE: May 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango track and field going for gold at state

Durango High School senior long-distance runner Aidan Fitzgerald had to make a sacrifice when deciding his final four events to compete in, after he had qualified for six events at the Colorado...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 49 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango baseball edges Bayfield with wild finish

Durango High School sophomore Jack Benner came off of the bench in Tuesday’s regular-season finale against Bayfield at DHS knowing he had to make an impact. His team was down four runs heading into...

DATE: May 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Bayfield baseball goes undefeated in Intermountain League

The Bayfield High School baseball team had to wait a few extra days, but it was worth it, as the Wolverines finished off an undefeated Class 3A Intermountain League season after it took down Monte...

DATE: May 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College’s James Hilyer wins national championship

The ambulances at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships were running all weekend long and so many riders had crashed over a rain-soaked two-day period, that by the time Sunday’s...

DATE: May 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango baseball drops doubleheader to Grand Junction Central

The Durango High School baseball team dropped both games in Saturday’s Class 5A/4A Southwestern League doubleheader against Grand Junction Central at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction after it...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango girls tennis wraps up season at state

The Durango High School girls tennis team got a second chance to extend its season on Saturday at the final day of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 4A girls state tennis...

DATE: May 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango High School girls tennis goes 0-for-4 on first day at state

The Durango High School girls tennis team will have to work its way back into the tournament after all four first-round matchups ended in defeat for the Demons at a weather-delayed opening day of...

DATE: May 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango High School girls soccer falls in playoffs

The Durango High School girls soccer team’s defensive back four put forth its gutsiest effort of the season and held on for as long as it could in Wednesday night’s Colorado High School Activities...

DATE: May 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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