Mortensen, Mandic sign with Oredigger football

Mortensen, Mandic sign with Oredigger football
Butte High four-year lettermen Bo Mortensen, left, and Greyson Mandic will take their talent to Montana Tech. (Butte Sports photo)

By Bill Foley

Montana Tech’s football team gained some local flavor and some toughness the past few days.

Butte High seniors Bo Mortensen and Greyson Mandic signed NAIA Letters of Intent to play football for the Orediggers. Mandic signed with the Orediggers late last week, and Mortensen gave his John Hancock on Monday.

The school hasn’t officially announced the signings, but Tech coach Chuck Morrell confirmed the addition of the two four-year lettermen at Butte High to Butte Sports.

Butte High head football coach Arie Grey said the Orediggers are getting a pair of “grinders.”

“They work hard,” Grey said. “They’re going to be good players, and they’re going to be good citizens. They’re the ultimate team players, both of them.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Mortensen played linebacker and running back for the Bulldogs. Those are positions he is still eyeing as he turns his attention to playing college.

“I was looking at running back or linebacker,” Mortensen said, who was named second-team all-conference and honorable mention All-State at running back this past season “That’s what they’re going to let me play.”

Mortensen, a 4.0 student at Butte High, will have to first recover from a torn ACL that he suffered during two-a-day practices in August.

“I’m going to redshirt,” Mortensen said. “I’m getting ACL surgery on the 29th. Then I’ll rehab through my redshirt season.”

Yes, the player who hardly ever came off the field played his entire senior season on a torn ACL. He also has a torn meniscus.

Not only did Mortensen not miss a game because of an injury that is almost always a season-ender, he didn’t miss a practice.

“I think it was the first or second day,” Mortensen said. “I went to the trainer that first practice, but I was at the next practice.”

Mortensen didn’t realize the extent of the injury until after the season.

“We weren’t really sure what happened,” Mortensen said. “It hurt bad and it swelled up pretty good.”

Mortensen said he plans to major in an engineering field at Tech. He hasn’t decided which one just yet.

The 6-2 Mandic played football at about 225 points this last season. He is currently Butte High’s 205-pound varsity wrestler.

Mandic started on the offensive and defensive lines. He will likely play defensive end for the Orediggers.

Like Mortensen, Mandic talked with other schools before signing with his first choice.

“When it came down to it, that’s where I wanted to go,” Manic said of Montana Tech.

Mandic, who carries a cumulative 3.7 GPA, is leaning toward majoring in business at Tech, where he will also likely redshirt. He said signing to play at the next level has been a long-term goal.

“Playing college football is definitely something I always wanted to do,” Manic said.

Mortensen is the son of Laura and Clint Mortensen. Mandic is the son of Karen and Chris Mandic.

Earlier this month, the two Bulldogs received their fourth football letter at Butte High. They join Dalton Daum as the only Butte High four-year letter winners.

Butte Sports featured Mortensen and Mandic before their final game at Butte High.

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