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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No. 4 Durango soccer shocked by shutout loss to No. 20 Glenwood Springs

Durango High School’s quest to return to the final four for the first time since 2016 came up short, as No. 20 Glenwood Springs upset No. 4 Durango 1-0 on Tuesday night at DHS in the second round...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango boys soccer looks to start strong Tuesday night

The Durango High School boys soccer team hopes its postseason jitters are out of the way after last week’s first-round game against Steamboat Springs in the Colorado High School Activities...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango, Bayfield volleyball miss playoffs for first time in a decade

For the first time in at least a decade, the Durango and Bayfield high school volleyball programs will be watching the state playoffs from the sidelines. Neither school made the 36-team fields for...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield football seeded No. 1 in Class 2A playoff bracket

The Bayfield High School football team made a leap into the top-spot in the RPI standings after a 22-14 win at Salida for the Intermountain League championship on Friday night, and the team stayed...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango High School volleyball on bubble after tough day at Ponderosa Tournament

The Durango High School volleyball team was dealt a big blow Saturday to its playoff hopes after falling to Rock Canyon and Chatfield in the Ponderosa Tournament in Parker. The Demons were swept in...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Party put on hold for Fort Lewis College volleyball

Fort Lewis College volleyball will have to wait just a bit longer to find out if they will make the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2013 after getting swept...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College football blanked by No. 13 CSU-Pueblo

Fort Lewis College football’ offensive performance was abysmal, as the Skyhawks fell 39-0 to No. 13 Colorado State University-Pueblo at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on Saturday afternoon...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College men’s, women’s soccer win on final day

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team ended its season with a 2-1 win over Colorado State University-Pueblo on Saturday afternoon in Pueblo. The Skyhawks (9-6-2, 7-6-1 Rocky Mountain Athletic...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango High School boys cross-country finishes fourth at state meet

The Durango High School boys cross-country team went into Saturday’s Colorado High School Activities Association Class 4A boys state championship meet in search of a championship. It didn’t happen,...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango volleyball goes 1-1 in Ponderosa Tournament

The Durango High School volleyball team went 1-1 at Day 1 of the Ponderosa Tournament in Parker, as they were swept by Niwot but rebounded for their first victory over Fruita Monument this season....

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College volleyball completes season sweep of CSU-Pueblo

The Fort Lewis College volleyball team won its fifth consecutive match after they defeated Colorado State University-Pueblo in four sets in Pueblo Friday night. The scores were 25-23, 17-25, 25-20...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College soccer team eliminated from RMAC Tournament Contention

Soccer can be a beautifully cruel game. That was the case Thursday afternoon at Dirks Field when Colorado State University-Pueblo defeated the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team 1-0 to...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

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