Position: Sports reporter

Email: [email protected]

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 Herald Girls Comeback Athlete of the Year: Bayfield’s Mavis Edwards

The mechanics behind a tennis serve and a volleyball swing are virtually identical movements. The wind-up, point of contact and follow through are hammered home day after day, practice after...

DATE: June 5, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango Herald Boys Freshman of the Year: Durango’s Toby Scarpella

For the first time in years, Durango High School freshman skier Toby Scarpella allowed himself to relax. As he zipped between the gates on his way down the mountain, he raced for his team, not for...

DATE: June 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

PLOEN: Beauty of an unknown final score

As sports fans, there are few things more gripping than a close sporting event in the final minute of regulation. Every play, coaching instruction and bounce of a ball suddenly seems so fragile. It...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Sports

CHSAA extends spring sports suspension until at least April 18

The Colorado High School Activities Association extended its spring sports and activities postponement until at least April 18, the organization announced Tuesday. The decision was made following...

DATE: March 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

All Durango Devo events canceled until May 10

The Durango developmental cycling program, Durango Devo, announced Monday night all programs, events, fundraisers and meetings are canceled until May 10 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Youth Sports

Durango High School’s Toby Scarpella named to all-state ski team

Durango High School’s Toby Scarpella added a few more accolades to an already-impressive first season for the DHS ski team on Monday. Scarpella was the only Demon named to the Colorado High School...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Durango running community not slowed down by virus

Numerous prestigious marathons around the globe have been pushed back by months by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and somne local races have been outright canceled. But the Durango running...

DATE: March 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Durango High School basketball gets three to Southwestern League teams

Durango High School’s Jordan Woolverton capped off a breakthrough season on the basketball court. He was named to the All Class 5A/4A Southwestern League team earlier this week, as he helped the...

DATE: March 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

CHSAA cancels remainder of state basketball tournament

LOVELAND – The Colorado High School Activities Association announced late Thursday night it canceled the remainder of state basketball tournaments across all classifications because of the COVID-19...

DATE: March 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Highland controls Ignacio in Great 8

LOVELAND – Highland High School came out guns a blazing in Thursday’s Class 2A Great 8 boys state tournament quarterfinal at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The top-seeded Huskies (23-1)...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Ignacio girls basketball falls to Holyoke in Great 8

LOVELAND – Foul trouble was Ignacio’s worst enemy in Thursday’s CHSAA Class 2A Great 8 girls basketball state tournament quarterfinal game against Holyoke. Ignacio fought back from a 10-point...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

Coronavirus impacts CHSAA state basketball championships

LOVELAND – Coaches’ messages were heard loud and clear and every bounce of a basketball, slip of a sneaker and muffled chants were magnified Thursday at the opening day of the Class 2A Colorado...

DATE: March 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: High School Sports

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