BELGRADE — The Rocky Mountain College Bears are welcoming a soccer star familiar with winning to its 2018 squad.
Belgrade’s Dominick Portnell signed his National Letter of Intent in front of family, friends, and coaches at the high school on Tuesday morning. The midfielder was a part of Belgrade’s back-to-back Class A titles in 2016 and 2017. On the pitch, Portnell is a winner, and that is part of what made Billings such an attractive destination.
“They’ve got a heck of a team,” he said after signing. “They compete in the national tournament year-in, year-out, and they’ve got a really excellent coach, as well, so it just seemed like a perfect fit.”
Portnell’s high school coach, Ric Plante, thinks his now-former star won’t have to wait long to see some action at the collegiate level.
“They’ve got a great facility, they’ve got a very good program,” Plante said. “I think Dominick’s going to fit in really well. Hopefully, he can go in and contribute right away.”
The Bears lost the Cascade Conference championship game last fall, missing out on a chance in the national tournament. The Bears finished the season with an impressive 16-1-2 record.