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 Spotlight: Durango’s Autumn Rymerson bring pop, leadership to Demons softball

When Durango High School softball takes the field, there’s an optimistic feeling compared to years past, according to senior center fielder Autumn Rymerson. Rymerson credited Demons’ head coach...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2018 | UPDATED: 1 day 4 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer scores game-winner in extra time

It wasn’t pretty nor a proper game of college soccer Sunday afternoon at Dirks Field, but the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team earned another win in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, as...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 21 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango High School volleyball falls in Southwestern League opener

Montrose defeated Durango 3-1 on Saturday afternoon inside the Durango gymnasium behind efficient play from the Indians’ outside and middle hitters, as the Indians won 25-20, 25-19, 16-25 and...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2018 | UPDATED: 3 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball swept in pair of RMAC games

The Fort Lewis College volleyball program will continue to have its work cut out for them in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this season under first-year coach Tricia Melfy, after the...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fourth quarter too much as Ignacio falls 44-23

The Ignacio High School football team got off to a quick start Friday night at Bobcat Stadium in Ignacio, leading 15-0 midway through the second quarter against John Mall of Walsenburg. However,...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer draws with No. 19 Colorado-Mesa in RMAC opener

Fort Lewis College soccer fans know all about Dirks Field magic. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, there have been two game-winning goals in the final minute, another in the final five...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer blanks Black Hills State

The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team opened its Rocky Mountain Athletic Campaign with a 3-0 win against Black Hills State on Friday afternoon at Dirks Field thanks to an impressive display in...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2018 | UPDATED: 5 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Injury-plagued Ignacio football looks to improve to 3-1 Friday night

In order for the Ignacio High School football team to get back in the win column at 7 p.m. Friday night at Bobcat Stadium, many things have to happen, but priority No. 1 for the Bobcats is getting...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | UPDATED: 6 days 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Spotlight: Durango High School’s Luke Tichi excelling on golf course, trails

Luke Tichi has some stiff competition on the golf course and running trails in and around Durango. The junior at Durango High School has found a way to excel at both golf and cross-country this...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep roundup: Durango High School boys cross country takes sixth at Liberty Bell Invite

The Durango High School cross country teams fared well at the Liberty Bell Cross Country Invitational hosted by Heritage High School in Littleton on Saturday as the boys team took sixth while the...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer gives up late winner

When forward Khadira Debesette of West Texas A&M ripped a shot in the 86th minute Sunday afternoon at Dirks Field, she and everybody else thought it was a goal. The shot, which came from about 35...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Defensive woes continue for Fort Lewis College football in 31-3 loss to Dixie State

When Fort Lewis College football kicker Hogan Keasler made a 35-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter to get the Skyhawks on the board down 10-3, he nor his teammates did not know that...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Sports