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 volleyball falls in second RMAC game of season

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team took a step back after winning its first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Friday night by falling in four sets to Metro State of Denver 25-13, 27-25, 16-25...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer wins in dramatic fashion

The Fort Lewis College soccer programs have had a flare for the dramatic this weekend as the women’s team won its game against Eastern New Mexico with 18 seconds left Friday afternoon, but Ty Lang...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball gets first win of season

Fort Lewis volleyball earned its first victory under first-year head coach Tricia Melfy on Friday night when they defeated Chadron State in four sets, 17-25, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-21. The Skyhawks...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango soccer can’t comeback against Evergreen

During a five-minute span Friday night, the Durango High School soccer team lost its concentration and gave up two goals in the span of five minutes, eventually falling 4-2. The Demons (4-1) led...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio football blown out by Newcomb Skyhawks

After a hot start to the season, the Ignacio football team came crashing back to earth with a 42-6 thumping by Newcomb, New Mexico, and handed the Bobcats their first loss of the season. The teams...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Last-gasp corner kick a winner for Fort Lewis College women’s soccer

Fort Lewis College women’s soccer redshirt sophomore midfielder Courtney Wamboldt has always trusted her delivery during set pieces, specifically from corner kicks. But even for her, this was truly...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Game of the Week: Rivalry renewed between Montrose, Durango football

When the Durango High School football team opens its home portion of its season at 7 p.m. Friday at Durango High School, head coach David Vogt will look for more discipline, particularly from the...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer ties Northwest Nazarene in Grand Junction

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer fans got a taste of what its attack could bring to the table last Sunday when the Skyhawks roared back to defeat Texas-Permian Basin in its first game of the season....

DATE: Sept. 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Spotlight: Durango High School’s Leland Heinicke has an eye for goal

The Durango High School boys soccer team moved up to No. 3 in the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 4A rankings Monday, and its impossible for coaches not to notice Demons...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College men’s soccer wins season opener in overtime

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team started off its season in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind 2-1 overtime victory against Texas Permian-Basin on Sunday morning in Odessa. FLC...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango High School softball wins Peak to Peak tournament

The Durango High School softball team won the Peak to Peak tournament in Lafayette over the weekend. The Demons won three out of four games including a staggering 32-17 victory against Eagle Valley...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis women’s soccer, volleyball lose in first games of season

The second era of Fort Lewis women’s soccer under head coach Damian Clarke got off to a rocky start Friday night when the Skyhawks dropped its opening game to Angelo State in Texas, 4-0. The Rams...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports