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if college sports are suffering from the economy, so are sports at the high school level.

This article from the Santa Cruz Sentinel lays out the story in Cali: Pay to play: High school athletics hit hard by budget cuts

Like most high school sports teams in Santa Cruz County, the Grizzlies and Wildcatz were forced to slash budgets and come up with new sources of income after the Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Santa Cruz City Schools cut an estimated $420,000 combined in athletics funding last year. Most programs are now entirely self-funded, which means some students’ families pay $150 for their kids to play a sport. Coaches earn far less or work for free while spending half their time fundraising the thousands of dollars it takes to pay for league dues, officials and equipment.

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