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 softball goes 1-1 against Montezuma-Cortez

After a five-hour lightning delay the first time the Montezuma-Cortez and Durango High School softball teams met two weeks ago, the teams met up again Tuesday at Durango High School. One more brief...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 32 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango High School volleyball gets revenge on Piedra Vista

The Durango High School volleyball team won its second consecutive match in straight sets, as the Demons took revenge against Piedra Vista Tuesday night at Durango High School. Durango won 3-0,...

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

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College women’s golf finishes fifth in Grand Junction

The Fort Lewis College men’s golf team got its season off to a good start after the Skyhawks took seventh out of 13 teams at the Sam Proal Invitational Tuesday in Pueblo, while the women’s team...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 hour 42 minutes ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Spotlight: Ignacio’s Makayla Howell leads volleyball team to hot start

Ignacio High School volleyball head coach Thad Cano knows student-athletes like Makayla Howell don’t come along very often. Entering her final varsity season for the Bobcats, Howell’s play on the...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2019 | UPDATED: 9 hours 36 minutes ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango softball sweeps Grand Junction

The Durango High School softball team made history on Saturday in a two-game sweep over league foes Grand Junction, as the Demons beat the Tigers for the first time in team history. Durango (7-3,...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College soccer held scoreless against St. Mary’s

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team played its final non-conference game of the season to a double-overtime 0-0 draw on Sunday against St. Mary’s University of Texas in Colorado Springs. The...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Ignacio football comes up short against Lake County

The Ignacio High School football team found a breakthrough late in Saturday’s clash against Lake County, but were unable to sustain the lead, as the Bobcats fell 8-7. “We had our chances for sure,”...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Volleyball falls to West Texas A&M

It was not the way that the Fort Lewis College volleyball team envisioned ending its home tournament on Saturday afternoon inside Whalen Gymnasium, as the Skyhawks fell in four sets to West Texas...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College football can’t finish off Dixie State

The Fort Lewis College football team had plenty of chances to put Saturday’s home opener at Ray Dennison Memorial Field out of reach, but the Skyhawks were unable to do so, as Dixie State responded...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango High School volleyball cruises past Pagosa Springs

The Durango High School volleyball team’s middle blockers were all over the front row in Friday night’s three-set sweep of Pagosa Springs, while the Demons also got key contributions from their...

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

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College volleyball splits Friday home tournament

Rylee Johnson provided the spark that the Fort Lewis College volleyball team needed after the Skyhawks went down a set in Friday’s match against Texas A&M International during the second day of the...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball rallies from 2-0 hole

With its back against the wall in the home opener, the Fort Lewis College volleyball team found another gear Thursday night inside Whalen Gymnasium. The Skyhawks clawed back from a two-set deficit...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2019 | UPDATED: 5 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

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