CLOSER LOOK: Norte Vista’s Stanton Manumaleuna

Take a closer look at Riverside Norte Vista senior Stanton Manumaleuna and you’ll see a young man happy with his decision.

Manumaleuna, a hulking 6-foot-2, 285-pound interior lineman, made the choice to transfer to Norte Vista despite spending his freshman and sophomore seasons playing for the Braves’ inter-district rival, Riverside La Sierra.

It doesn’t take much to understand the impact the move has had on both programs since.

Norte Vista has clinched back-to-back River Valley League title, winning nine games in 2015 and seven more so far this year. La Sierra will not make the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Manumaleuna started his senior year with an offer from Cal Poly-SLO, but has likely caught a few more as this season has rolled on. Either way, he’ll get his chance to play on Saturdays.

We caught up with him after Norte Vista’s 28-19 victory over Riverside Hillcrest in a Week 9 River Valley League game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

InlandFieldhouse.com: What does it mean to have won another league title with this win?
Stanton Manumaluena: “We just came out, did what we had to do. We seniors, we pounded it out till we couldn’t pound it out no more. It’s pretty good.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: With all the talk about Hillcrest, was this a statement from you guys?
SM: “We got to, we got to. We’re the big dogs in the league.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: What has happened since the early-season changes to the team?
SM: “We really coming together as a family. At the beginning we had all these transfers come in, some quit, some stayed, but at the end our family is all that matters. That’s us. For the game.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: How has the experience of transferring from La Sierra to Norte Vista shaped your experience?
SM: “It’s been a great change. I think coming here has been one of the best things I’ve done since kindergarten.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: Why did you come to Norte Vista?
SM: “Just wanted to come to a powerhouse program.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: Where are this team’s goals right now?
SM: “We gotta keep on working. We gotta keep on working. That’s our mentality. The whole thing, just work, work.”

InlandFieldhouse.com: Have you thought much about playing after this season?
SM: “Not really where I’m going, but after the season I’m for sure going to work my butt off.”

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