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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Prep Roundup: Durango lacrosse wins big on Front Range

The Durango High School boys lacrosse team scored a big win against Englewood on the Front Range on Friday afternoon, as the Demons downed the Pirates 17-7. DHS (3-1, 0-1 5A/4A Mountain League)...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 14 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Runners use latest Fort Lewis College exercise science technology

The Fort Lewis College track and field program did not envision spending its Friday night running 1-mile repeats in dropping temperatures and getting their earlobes pricked to measure lactates and...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 14 hours 29 minutes ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Bayfield baseball falls to Aztec

The Bayfield High School boys baseball team blew a four-run lead Thursday and lost 11-8 to Aztec in New Mexico. The Wolverines (4-4) led 7-3 but the Tigers (4-4) stormed back to win. Statistics...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield boys basketball gets two on CHSAA honorable mention team

The Bayfield High School boys basketball team had two players named to the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 3A All-State team, which was announced Thursday. Senior guards Hayden...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Purgatory Freestyle Ski team gets two state champions

The Purgatory Freestyle Ski Team had a stellar final week of its season, as two members claimed state titles at the Rocky Mountain Freestyle State Mogul Championships held last weekend at Winter...

DATE: March 21, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 14 hours ago | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Telluride uses faceoff advantage to take down Durango lacrosse

When it mattered most, Telluride High School’s Charlie Miller took advantage of his faceoff opportunities Tuesday against Durango, as he won 13-of-16 draws and helped the Miners hold on to a 7-6...

DATE: March 19, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 16 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College lacrosse picks up first win of season

The Fort Lewis College lacrosse team got its first win of the season after it defeated fellow conference foe Oklahoma Baptist 16-6 on Monday afternoon at the Aztec Tiger Sports Complex. The...

DATE: March 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 15 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: FLC softball splits weekend

The Fort Lewis College softball team won two out of four games this weekend against Black Hills State in Alamosa due to unplayable field conditions at both Aspen Field and the Aztec Tiger Softball...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango, Bayfield get plenty of winners in Farmington

The Durango and Bayfield High School track teams raced well at the Piedra Vista Invitational in Farmington on Saturday, as there were plenty of winners and top-five finishes. DHS teams won the...

DATE: March 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 20 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango girls soccer thumps Skyline

The Durango High School girls soccer team got after it from the opening kickoff Saturday afternoon against Skyline at Erie High School and was off to a lightning-quick start. Sasha Kozak scored...

DATE: March 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Women’s Outside Adventure Forum returns for fourth year to Durango

The 2019 Women Outside Adventure Forum will feature plenty of women who are not afraid to push the boundaries. The fourth annual forum hosted by Backcountry Experience will be held March 19-21 in...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Fort Lewis College names Jim Foltz as golf head coach

Fort Lewis College interim head golf coach Jim Foltz was promoted to head coach, the athletic department said Thursday in a news release. Foltz has held the interim title since early October, when...

DATE: March 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

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