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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Skyhawks Scoreboard: Softball’s Angelique Elemen named RMAC Player of the Week

Angelique Elemen added to an already stellar week after she broke two program records for the Fort Lewis College softball team, as she was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s softball...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango High School swimming finishes sixth at state

The Durango High School swimming team had its best finish in years Saturday at the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships at EPIC in Fort...

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

Prep Roundup: Durango boys basketball loses at buzzer

Anthony Flint corralled a loose ball and took it coast-to-coast to tie the Durango High School boys basketball game at 53 with five seconds remaining in overtime against Grand Junction Central on...

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

Alamosa picks up road win over Bayfield

The Bayfield High School wrestling team made the most out of a more than awkward situation on senior night in a 49-30 loss to Alamosa in a 3A Intermountain League dual. The Wolverines got off to a...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango girls basketball takes down No. 8 Montrose

The Durango High School girls basketball team pulled off the shocker of its season, as it got a 34-30 win on the road against Montrose, the eighth-ranked ranked team in Class 4A, on Friday night....

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

FLC softball’s Angelique Elemen sets second program record in as many days

The Fort Lewis College softball team was swept by a pair of teams from Washington state on Friday at a Dixie State Softball Courtyard Classic tournament doubleheader on Friday in St. George, Utah....

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

Durango High School swim team has good times in state preliminaries

The Durango High School swimming team had excellent performances on the first day of the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 3A Girls State Championships for swimming and diving at...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio High School girls basketball off the mark against No. 1 Del Norte

The Ignacio High School girls basketball team has looked forward to a showdown with Del Norte all season, as the Bobcats had a shot to take down an undefeated Tigers team that came into the game...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawk Scoreboard: Softball drops both in St. George

The Fort Lewis College softball team had plenty of momentum, as the Skyhawks took their best start in three decades into Thursday’s Dixie State Softball Courtyard Classic tournament doubleheader in...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Fort Lewis College athletic director Barney Hinkle to resign

Barney Hinkle announced Thursday he will resign as athletic director at Fort Lewis College effective May 1. Hinkle joined FLC at the start of the 2017-18 school year to replace athletic director...

DATE: Feb. 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango High School has four commit on National Signing Day

Morgan Allen chose a saddle over a softball Wednesday afternoon at Durango High School, as she was one of four student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to participate in collegiate...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango High swim team heads to state

The Durango High School swimming team is heading back to state after it took fourth at the Southwest Conference League Championships on Friday and Saturday at Colorado Mesa University’s El Pomar...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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