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Notebook: Decision Expected Soon by Freedom-Woodbridge Administration

By Joey Kamide, 02/08/18, 4:45PM EST

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Freedom logo smallFebruary 8 - Baseball players at Freedom High School in Woodbridge are expected to have final word on the status of their season sometime this week, the school’s activities director, Steve Bryson, confirmed earlier this week.

The Eagles have been unable to fill their head coaching vacancy, which has been open since last May.

“I'm going to sit with my principal and we're going to hopefully make a decision in the next couple of days,” Bryson said when reached on Tuesday. “We are doing our best to put the right person in that position. It has to be the right person, I'm not just going to put a warm body there.”

When asked if the program’s season could be in jeopardy as the season approaches in less than three weeks, Bryson indicated that option remained on the table. “That is a possibility, yes,” he said.

“We haven't come to that decision, we're trying to find the right person. I'm not going to just put anyone in the position. I'm trying to build a program.”

Bryson confirmed he had spoken to at least one candidate for the position this week. Two weeks ago, two fathers of players in the program volunteered to coach the team, but have not been granted interviews for the position. 

Freedom, a Class 6 school and member of the Cardinal District, is seeking what would be the program’s seventh coach in eight years. The Eagles’ 47-game losing skid is the longest current streak in Northern Virginia.

Bour Wins Arbitration Case, Will Earn $3.4 Million in ‘18

According to his agent, Justin Bour was awarded a $3.4 million salary for the 2018 season in the Miami Marlins first baseman’s arbitration case.

The ruling, which was confirmed by Bour’s agent, Marc J. Kligman of Total Care Sports Management, and initially reported on by MLBTradeRumors.com, was closer to what the Westfield graduate had filed for than the $3 million the Marlins had proposed. This is the first year that Bour is arbitration eligible.

The slugger set career highs in batting average (.289), home runs (25) and RBI (89) in 108 games last year, and will be looked upon to anchor Miami’s lineup this year after the club traded away outfielders Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich in cost-cutting moves this offseason.

Woodbridge Seeking JV Coach for Upcoming Season

Woodbridge is seeking junior varsity head coach for the upcoming season, which begins on Feb. 19 and runs to the middle of May. The Vikings’ practices begin each day at 2:45 p.m., and the JV coach will report to the program’s head varsity coach throughout the season.

Interested applicants should contact Woodbridge varsity coach Jim Hoffman at hoffmajb@pwcs.edu or 703-507-5719.

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