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: Bayfield’s big two have top-3 finish at Mel Smith Invite

Heading into the seeding meeting of the 2019 Mel Smith Husky Invitational at Florence High School on Friday morning, Bayfield High School head coach Todd McMenimen got a clear sense of just how...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2019 | UPDATED: 14 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: Sports

Prep Roundup: Ignacio steals road win at Telluride

By all accounts, the Ignacio High School boys basketball team stole a road victory Saturday evening with a 57-53 win over Telluride at Telluride High School. The Bobcats (6-7, 4-2 2A/1A San Juan...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Montrose uses late run to get past Durango

The Durango High School boys basketball team was down just one point with just under four minutes remaining against Montrose in Saturday afternoon’s contest at DHS, when a slew of turnovers turned...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango girls basketball can’t pull off upset bid against No. 8 Montrose

The Durango High School girls basketball team had Montrose, the No. 8 team in the latest Colorado High School Activities Association Class 4A poll, on the ropes Saturday afternoon at DHS. The...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Ignacio picks up road win in Ridgway

The Ignacio High School boys basketball team returned to winning ways behind four 3-pointers from Bryce Finn and scored 16 points as Ignacio held on 57-46 against a stingy Ridgway team Friday night...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango girls commit 42 turnovers in loss to Grand Junction Central

With 44 seconds remaining in a four-point game Friday night at Durango High School, Grand Junction Central’s Myra Murdock drove to the lane, took a Euro-step, scooped above the out-reached DHS...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango cruises in wire-to-wire win against Grand Junction Central

The Durango High School boys basketball team knows the magic number its needs to reach if its going to pull out a win: 40 points. Head coach Alan Batiste said it during the three-game losing...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 13 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango alum Trujillo commits to Fort Lewis College

Durango’s own Terrence Trujillo is ready to come home to play college football. Trujillo, a 2015 graduate of Durango High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to play at FLC after he spent...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 19 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Spotlight: Bayfield’s Tymbree Florian has passion restored under Kitchen

Bayfield High School girls basketball senior point guard Tymbree Florian almost lost her way during her first season and a half of varsity basketball. After a coaching change and a new outlook,...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield wrestling learns lessons in loss to Cortez

The Bayfield High School wrestling team had a win within reach against Montezuma-Cortez in a Tuesday night dual meet at BHS. But the Wolverines were unable to get wins in the lower weight divisions...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield finishes fifth at Rocky Mountain Wrestling Tournament

The Bayfield High School wrestling team proved it belongs with the top wrestling teams in the Four Corners Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Wrestling Tournament at Pagosa Springs High School. The...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Ignacio girls, boys hoops cruise past Norwood

The Ignacio girls basketball team remained undefeated in the 2A/1A San Juan Basin League on Saturday afternoon with a dominant 62-8 win against Norwood at IHS. The Bobcats (5-4, 4-0 2A/1A San Juan...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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