In the fall and winter portions of the 2008-09 high school sports season, 22 teams from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District qualified for their respective North Coast Section playoffs.

The district's six high schools — Clayton Valley, College Park, Concord, Northgate, Mt. Diablo and Ygnacio Valley — have had a state champion in wrestling, an NCS champion in boys cross country and an NCS runner-up in football.

It's possible none of that will matter next season.

Faced with a massive budget shortfall in the wake of recent state budget cuts, the MDUSD voted earlier this month to slash its entire budget of $721,400 for athletics. The move left supporters of the six schools in question struggling for answers.

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MDUSD may be left with only athletic supporters