April 19, 2012
Oakmont's Ryan Shields headed to alma mater of 49ers GM Baalke

Oakmont High School quarterback Ryan Shields is out of season with spring sports in the air, but he continues to refine his game and skill every Saturday morning.

The senior works under the tutelage of noted area quarterback mentors Bobby Fresques and Troy Taylor. By late summer, Shields will be enrolled at Bemidji State University in Minnesota, where he will play on scholarship for a Division II program. BSU is a picturesque setting on Lake Bemidji, a resot town that will remind California nativesof Lake Tahoe.

BSU went 8-3 last season and is the alma mater of 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke, who makes annual visits to BSU.

In the spirit of competition, an old Sierra Foothill League regional rivalry may also continue. BSU annually plays Minot State of Minnesota, where Roseville's Zac Cunha is headed on scholarship.

Shields passed for 1,852 yards and 22 touichdowns and ran for 445 and four more last fall for Oakmont.
- By Joe Davidson
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