Norwegian finding his footing with Yotes football
CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) —
Hartvig Bondo works on kicking it straight.
His route to College of Idaho was anything but that.
"I had no idea. It's been a blessing though," Bondo said.
Bondo grew up in Trondheim, Norway where he played soccer growing up.
When he was 16 he enrolled in a foreign exchange program which took him to Spokane, Wash.
At East Valley High School in Spokane, Bondo played his first football, and when one of his teammates was going to play at College of Idaho, Bondo caught the attention of Yote coaches.
"I relied on video a lot but I guess that's what you have to do when it comes to kickers - statistics and video," Bondo said.
"We saw him and knew he had some real talent," head coach Mike Moroski said. "And the College of Idaho is known for having a broad base of international students."
After redshirting in 2014, Bondo assumed kickoff and field-goal duties last season. He went eight-of-11 on field goals, including a perfect six-for-six on kicks inside of 40 yards.
This year, Bondo has moved to punting and kickoffs. The sophomore is averaging 38.3 yards/punt.
So if contacting one coach led to a new opportunity, the multi-sport athlete decided to do it again.
"I initially came to play football but at the start of (last) season I got in touch with the ski coach and he signed me up."
Bondo was a part of the College of Idaho ski team, but due to scheduling conflicts was not able to compete much.
So now he's putting in work on the field and in the classroom in hopes of staying in the United States.
"If I can get a work visa here that'd be fun," he said.
Bondo and the Yotes (2-2) visit No. 9 Southern Oregon on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT.