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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Prep Spotlight: Ignacio’s Avaleena and Jonas Nanaeto going to state cross-country for different teams

At the start of cross-country season in August, Avaleena and Jonas Nanaeto of Ignacio High School could not have pictured their seasons more differently if they tried. Jonas, a junior who runs for...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College women’s golf wraps up first day at Skyhawk Intercollegiate

The Fort Lewis College women’s golf team ended Day 1 at the Skyhawk Women’s Fall Intercollegiate in 12th place. Fort Lewis shot 36-over-par 328 at the University of New Mexico Championship Course...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Miller Middle School cross-country runner Willow Lott finishes 16th at state meet

When Willow Lott’s parents showed up to the first cross-country meet of her career last season at Hillcrest Golf Course, they nearly missed her. “We didn’t have any idea she was that good of a...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Durango boys soccer earns No. 4 overall seed in playoffs

The Durango High School boys soccer team was given the No. 4 seed in the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 4A Boys Soccer Championship tournament when the playoff bracket was...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Skyhawk Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College men’s soccer fighting for postseason survival after 3-1 loss to No. 5 Colorado Mines

The Fort Lewis College men’s soccer team dropped a tight match to nationally ranked No. 5 Colorado School of Mines Sunday afternoon in Golden, 3-1 and are now in serious jeopardy of missing the...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Durango boys soccer ends season on high note with 2-0 win over Fruita

The Durango High School boys soccer team ended its regular season Friday night with a 2-0 win over Fruita Monument. The Demons, who are ranked No. 2 in the latest Colorado High School Activities...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Megan Graefe digs Fort Lewis College volleyball out of hole to stun Colorado Mesa

Senior defensive specialist Megan Graefe did everything she could to keep the momentum going for the Fort Lewis College volleyball team Saturday night at Whalen Gymnasium against Colorado Mesa....

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Six turnovers cost Fort Lewis College a senior day loss to Western State

The Fort Lewis College football team had a promising start after the first drive of the game against Western State Colorado University on Saturday afternoon at Ray Dennison Memorial Field. But...

DATE: Oct. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Skyhawks Scoreboard: Fort Lewis College women’s soccer snaps six-game skid

The Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team finally snapped its six-game losing streak thanks to a goal in the 73rd minute from sophomore midfielder Charlie Kaiser as the Skyhawks defeated Western...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: College Sports

Prep Roundup: Bayfield boys cross-country sends two to state, Ignacio girls sends one

The Bayfield boys cross-country team is sending two of its runners to the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 3A state meet next week after the Wolverines finished fifth overall at...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio runs past Dolores in 31-0 win

One week ago, Ignacio High School’s Dustin Sanchez’s career quite literally was in jeopardy after he took a hard hit last week against Monte Vista and had to leave the game. In his final prep game...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango High School boys, girls cross-country advance to state

The Durango High School boys and girls cross-country teams are state-bound after they both finished second at the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Class 4A Region 2 meet Thursday...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2018 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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