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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Fort Lewis College football unable to make big plays in loss to South Dakota Mines

The Fort Lewis College football team wanted to finish the season strong under first-year head coach Brandon Crosby. They were unable to, as clutch short-yardage situations and timely first downs...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2019 | UPDATED: 2 days 6 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College football hopeful to end season with win over South Dakota Mines

The Fort Lewis College football team is feeling refreshed heading into its final matchup of the regular season on Saturday against South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, as the Skyhawks are...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Bayfield volleyball ends season with loss to Eaton

Even though the Bayfield High School volleyball team came up short Friday night in the elimination bracket semifinals of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 3A State...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | UPDATED: 3 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball ends season with loss to Adams State

The Fort Lewis College volleyball brought its tough season to a close Thursday night, as the Skyhawks fell in four sets to Adams State in Alamosa. The Grizzlies (9-18, 6-12 Rocky Mountain Athletic...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 2 hours ago | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango High School’s Millie O’Ketter signs National Letter of Intent with Northern Arizona

Durango High School’s Millie O’Ketter has wanted to play at the highest level of collegiate volleyball for at least the last three seasons. On Wednesday, she made her dream a reality when she...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield volleyball falls to Colorado Springs Christian at state tournament

The Bayfield High School volleyball team fought valiantly in its first-round matchup Thursday at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 3A State Championships inside the Denver...

DATE: Nov. 14, 2019 | UPDATED: 4 days 1 hour ago | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield volleyball return to state thanks to dedication, hard work

Qualifying for the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 3A state volleyball tournament is never easy for Bayfield High School, even after the Wolverines reached the state tournament...

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

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer drops RMAC Tournament semifinal in overtime

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer season came to a heartbreaking close on Sunday in Denver, as the Skyhawks lost 2-1 to No. 2 seed Regis in overtime in the RMAC Tournament semifinal round. Fort...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball swept by Colorado State University-Pueblo on senior night

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team was unable to pull out a win on its senior night, as the Skyhawks were swept by Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday inside Whalen Gymnasium, The...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango volleyball falls one game short of state tournament

The Durango High School volleyball team’s bid to reach the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 4A state tournament fell just short on Saturday, as the Demons went 1-1 at the Class...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield volleyball books state tournament berth with dominant performance

The Bayfield High School volleyball team is heading back to the state tournament for the first time since 2016. The Wolverines swept Buena Vista and Cedaredge to book its place in the Colorado High...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Loic Jean-Baptiste jump-starts Fort Lewis College soccer

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer player Loic Jean-Baptiste’s craftiness was clear to see from the moment he first arrived on campus. A late addition to this year’s squad, the Frenchman has scored a...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

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