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 football to change leagues yet again

It’s become almost a running joke for Durango High School head football coach David Vogt that as soon as he becomes familiar with a school and its style of play, he knows conference realignment...

DATE: June 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Sam Saunders putts way to Navajo Trail Open championship

Sam Saunders was in control of his putting game from his first hole to his final putt on Sunday at the final round of the 58th Navajo Trail Open at Hillcrest Golf Club. Saunders wasn’t going to let...

DATE: June 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Buckle, Beisser share lead heading into final round of Navajo Trail Open

It’s been a long time since Andrew Buckle has been in contention for a tournament, but that’s precisely the position he finds himself in after shooting a 7-under par 65 in Saturday’s second round...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Sam Saunders has fast start at Navajo Trail Open

Sam Saunders got off to the perfect start during Friday’s first round of the 58th Navajo Trail Open at Hillcrest Golf Club. The Albuquerque native shot a scorching 29 on his first nine holes, which...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Durango’s Lokken looks to start fast at Canoeing World Cup

Zachary Lokken was loud and clear about his goals for this weekend’s kickoff of the International Canoe Federation’s World Cup cycle and next month’s Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. Even from his...

DATE: June 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Lanning, Fitzgerald have high marks at Great Southwest Classic

No matter how big the stage, or how new an event is, recent Bayfield High School graduate Jordan Lanning is always willing to give it a go. She set her bar even higher at the Great Southwest...

DATE: June 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer adds eight players

Fort Lewis College men’s soccer head coach David Oberholtzer has never had so many incoming players competing for a starting spot – and that’s a positive, he said. FLC added eight players during...

DATE: June 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango Swim Club finds success under new head coach Brandon Walker

Brandon Walker is bringing in new methods as the latest head coach of Durango Swim Club and he showed it on Sunday, when he changed out of his polo and swam the mixed 800-meter freestyle relay, the...

DATE: June 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Ian Huang, Maggie Yount repeat at Steamworks Half Marathon

Steamworks Half Marathon race director Matthew Krichman called Ian Huang on Thursday after he saw that the defending champion was not registered on the sold-out, 300-person race roster. Krichman...

DATE: June 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Carol Salomon: Durango’s biggest Blues fan

When Carol Salomon and her children made the trip from Durango to St. Louis and finally stepped inside the sold-out Enterprise Center for Monday’s Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Durango girls soccer’s Coster named all-state selection

Hannah Coster said she had the best season of her career, but believes there’s more in store. The Durango High School girls soccer midfielder scored early and often during the spring season as she...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango girls soccer coach Jonathan Berzins leaves for Phoenix College

The Durango High School girls soccer program will be searching for stability once again, as head coach Jonathan Berzins took a job as athletic director at Phoenix College in his native Arizona, it...

DATE: June 6, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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