MARS HILL, N.C. - The Lions' Athletic Department inducted its 2018 Mars Hill Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, November 10, at halftime of Mars Hill's football game against Newberry. This year's class of inductees included Michael Grant, Kristina Osborn and Jerome Ramsey. (Photo cutline - left to right: Mars Hill President Tony Floyd, Jerome Ramsey, Kristina Osborn, Michael Grant, Mars Hill Senior Woman Administrator Monica Gordy Polizzi)
Michael Grant was a member of the Lions' football team from 2002-03. He was a two-time All-SAC first team defensive back (2002 & 2003) during his time at Mars Hill. Grant was team captain during those seasons and in 2003, versus Stillman, recorded three interceptions, which remains a school record. Grant also played in the DII All-Star Cactus Bowl and was named a DII Kodak All-American Honorable Mention in 2003. While in school, Grant was a member of the Student Judiciary Board of Student Government, Fellowship of Student Athletes and served as a resident assistant. Grant was also recognized on the dean's list. He graduated Cum Laude in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. Following his playing career at Mars Hill, Grant was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns for the 2004-05 season. His jersey at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia has since been retired. Grant has worked with the Georgia State Senate Resolution for Community Service and Life Accomplishments and served as a senior pastor of the Faith Worship Center in Columbus, Georgia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Masters of Divinity from Kingdom Truth University in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kristina Osborn was a member of the Mars Hill softball team from 2004-08 and holds several school records. She holds the record for highest batting average with .484 in the 2006 season, 22 doubles in the 2008 campaign and 61 career doubles during her tenure at Mars Hill. She places second in school history in single season hits (68 in 2007), 64 career walks and is third in single season on-base percentage (.542 in 2006) and 668 career putouts. She ranks fifth in career batting average (.362), career on-base percentage (.431), sixth in career slugging percentage (.569) and seventh in career runs scored (107). Her career doubles place her fourth all-time in the South Atlantic Conference and her single season doubles total ranks fifth all-time in conference. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, Osborn was named to second team All-SAC and second team Academic All-District. After her senior season, Osborn was named first team All-SAC, first team Academic-All District, third team Academic All-America with a 3.99 GPA in biology and was also named 2008 SAC Scholar Athlete. A Grayson Scholar, Osborn was Valedictorian of her class and the Softball Team Captain her junior and senior years as well as being named the team's Most Valuable Player those two seasons. She attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine from 2008-12, then attended the University of South Alabama Family Medicine Residency. Osborn currently works as a travel Emergency Medicine Physician in three hospitals in Alabama and is also licensed to practice medicine in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Jerome Ramsey was a member of the men's basketball team from 2000-04. He was a three-time South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete and Team Captain during the 2003-04 season. The SAC Scholar Athlete award recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, service and leadership. The SAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee selects the winner in each of the conference's championship sports. During his four-year basketball career at Mars Hill, Jerome played in 106 games and started in 68. He scored 658 points averaging 5.8 points per contest. He had a career three-point field goal percentage of .333 and hit 70% of his free throw attempts. Jerome recorded 184 career rebounds, 258 career assists and 128 career steals. Ramsey was a member of Dean's List and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all four years at Mars Hill. Upon induction, Ramsey was the Head Men's Basketball Coach and taught Math and Physical Education at East Burke High School. He was selected the South Mountain Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Coach of the Year in 2016.