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Fordham Baseball Player Makes Play for Majors

Fordham University senior Rob Semerano was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 20th round of Major League Baseball’s 2004 First Year Player Draft. The right-handed pitcher from Port Jervis, N.Y., was 4-3 in his final season at Fordham, with a 5.48 ERA on the year. He appeared in 14 games and started 11, striking out 58 hitters.

An accounting major, Semerano graduated with a 3.88 GPA and was the co-recipient of the 2004 Benedict T. Harter Award, presented to the College of Business Administration senior athlete who has excelled both in sports and in the classroom.

Fordham Basketball Player Wins Spot on Canadian National Team

Fordham junior guard Jermaine Anderson, a Toronto native, is testing his skills this summer against some of the world’s top basketball players as a member of the 2004 Canadian Senior Men’s National Basketball squad. Selected from a group of 26 players invited to tryout for the team, Anderson spent much of July in China playing in the Four Nations Tournament against national teams from China, Brazil and Croatia.

During his sophomore year at Fordham, Anderson, a180-pound, 6-foot-2-inch guard, dished out 58 assists in 22 games and averaged 6.6 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game.

Hall of Fame Member to Coach Water Polo Team

Fordham has selected Bill Harris to coach the University’s water polo team. Harris, who most recently was the varsity water polo coach at Greenwich (Conn.) High School, was inducted into the Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1997 for his career achievements. Harris was named an NCAA All-American in 1966 while playing for St. Francis College and was a four-time East Coast Athletic Conference All-Star.

Following his collegiate career, Harris represented the New York Athletic Club (N.Y.A.C.) from 1967 to 1992, during which time he was a member of eight national championship teams. He was selected First Team All-America eight times as a member of the N.Y.A.C. and was named the most valuable player in the 1973 and 1977 national championship tournaments.

Athletes and Coaches Honored at Annual Dinner

Seniors Erin Brooks, a Fordham softball player, and Javarus Dudley, a member of Fordham’s football team, were named female and male athletes of the year at the 70th annual Block “F” Dinner in May.

Brooks, who accepted the Claire G. Hobbs Award at the event, has helped the Fordham softball team record its second straight 30-win season in 2004. On the year, she set career-highs, with 10 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI, while hitting just under .300.

Dudley took home the Vincent T. Lombardi Award as male athlete of the year after having an outstanding senior season. A consensus First Team All-American, he led Division I-AA in receptions with 101 and was second in receiving yards with 1,439—both Fordham University and Patriot League records.

For just the third time in the award’s history, the “Iron Major” Coach of the Year Award went to two coaches: Ness Selmani, head coach of the women’s soccer team, and Paul Dillon, head coach of the golf team. Selmani, who was also named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year this season, guided the Rams to a school-record 11 wins and a second-place finish in the regular season, as well as the team’s second-ever berth in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. Dillon, who also received Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors, guided the golf team to fourth place at the Atlantic 10 Championships, the team’s highest finish since joining the conference.

Fordham Athletes Selected for All-American and All-Conference Teams

Junior catcher Jeremy Bourgeois was named a First Team All-Atlantic 10 player and senior designated hitter Kurt Thomas was named Second Team All-Conference for the 2004 baseball season. Bourgeois led the Rams in hitting with a .372 average, 10th best in the conference, while Thomas hit .329 on the year and led the team with 40 walks and 10 stolen bases.

Two Fordham football players have received preseason honors. The Sports Network named senior defensive back Tad Kornegay First Team Preseason All-American. This is the second preseason award for Kornegay, who was also named the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team Preseason All-America by Lindy’s Sports Annuals.

Joining Kornegay on the Lindy’s Second Team is senior defensive lineman Aki Jones. A First Team All-Patriot League pick in 2003, Jones moved into the starting line-up at defensive tackle for the Rams last fall. In 12 games, he compiled 34 total tackles, 19 solo, including 8.5 for a loss and four sacks. Jones also registered two pass break-ups and one forced fumble.

The Fordham football team will open the 2004 season on Saturday, Sept. 4th, when they host the University of Rhode Island on Jack Coffey Field at 1 p.m.

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