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 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

Dustin Sanchez, Ignacio soar at Butch Melton Invitational

IGNACIO – Dustin Sanchez capped off his senior day for the Ignacio High School wrestling team in memorable fashion at Saturday’s Butch Melton Invitational at IHS. Sanchez not only received a...

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

Prep Roundup: Bayfield, Durango fall on the road

The Bayfield High School boys basketball team found itself in uncharted territory as it dropped its third consecutive 3A Intermountain League game in a 53-44 road loss to Centauri on Saturday...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio squeaks past Telluride in low-scoring game

IGNACIO – When Ignacio High School’s winter schedule was released in November, Saturday was circled on the calendar for two reasons – the wrestling team was hosting the annual Butch Melton...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Ignacio basketball cruises past Ridgway

The Ignacio High School boys basketball team had its first game in two weeks. Despite the gap, the Bobcats came out with a 64-41 win over Ridgway on Friday night at IHS. “We came out hot tonight,...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Fort Lewis College softball wins season openers

The Fort Lewis College softball team opened its season with a pair of wins in Friday’s doubleheader at the U.S. Bank Eastern New Mexico University Softball Classic Kickoff, as the Skyhawks got off...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Durango High School ski team gears up to host CHSAA state meet

The Durango High School alpine and Nordic ski teams are off to impressive starts as the Demons prepare to host the state championships later this month at Purgatory Resort. A total of eight racers...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Purgatory Ski team continues to excel

The Purgatory Freestyle Ski Team had another solid two days of racing against elite competition from across the state at the USSA Rocky Mountain Freestyle Qualifier/Devo mogul skiing event at...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Bayfield boys basketball gives up 10 3-pointers in loss to Centauri

With Bayfield High School boys basketball senior guard Turner Kennedy’s hands in Centauri point guard Martin Garcia’s face in the waning seconds of the third quarter in Monday’s Class 3A...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Bayfield girls basketball can’t stop high post, fall to No. 6 Centauri

The Bayfield High School girls basketball team had a few brilliant possessions against Centauri on Monday night at BHS, and there were moments that made Wolverine fans believe they could pull off...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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