Southern Section rules stipulate transfer students must wait one calendar year to regain varsity eligibility after transferring unless they move or receive special approval for hardship reasons. Swartz said Spagnola received a special waiver through approval from a doctor, while the other three changed residences. “I have heard that (Mike Spagnola) has transferred to Canyon,” said Canyon’s head football coach Harry Welch. “He is in the off-season body conditioning class – the regular phys. ed. class restricted to varsity football players.” Welch said Spagnola enrolled Monday and that Adams was registered for the class Tuesday. Welch said Murillo, who previously attended Canyon, is not enrolled in the off-season program. “I told him at this time he is not involved with the Cowboy football program,” Welch said. Golden Valley Principal Jacque Snyder did not return a phone call seeking comment, nor did Mike Herrington, head football coach at Hart. Before last season, the school’s top player, sophomore quarterback Trevon Smith, transferred to Crespi in Encino, where he played junior varsity football this past season. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Four top players from Golden Valley High’s fledgling football team – which will join the highly competitive Foothill League this fall – have left to join powerhouse programs at other local schools. Golden Valley head football coach Rob Swartz said key tight end/defensive lineman Mike Spagnola enrolled at Canyon High School along with fellow starters Chad Adams, a running back/linebacker, and Julian Murillo, an offensive lineman. The team’s MVP Aaron Olivas (offensive line/defensive line) transferred to Hart High. The transfers became known Monday, the first day of the spring semester. Golden Valley, a two-year-old campus, won’t have seniors until the next school year. The team played a freelance schedule this past season, finishing 2-8, including seven losses by 31 points or more. Conversely, Canyon (13-1) won the Southern Section Div. II championship game, beating Hart. “It’s really disappointing. I’m not sure why the kids are transferring,” Swartz said. “I talked to (Spagnola) after I heard he wanted to leave, and he said he was looking to change schools because he wasn’t being successful. He played just about every snap for us, and it’s going to be hard to replace someone like that. He’s a good kid. I’m sorry to see him leave.” Spagnola, Adams and Olivas are sophomores. Murillo is a junior. Sherise Spagnola, Mike’s mother, declined to comment as did Adams’ mother. Murillo and Olivas did not return calls seeking comment.