Mars Hill University 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

Pictured (left to right): MHU President Tony Floyd, Jerome Ramsey, Kristina Osborn, Michael Grant, MHU Senior Woman Administrator Monica Gordy Polizzi.

The Lions’ Athletic Department inducted its 2018 Mars Hill Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at halftime during Mars Hill’s football game against Newberry.

Michael Grant, Kristina Osborn, and Jerome Ramsey comprised this year’s class of inductees.

Michael Grant: football, faith, and academics

In 2002 and 2003, Grant served as team captain and was a two-time All-SAC first team defensive back; in 2003, versus Stillman, he recorded three interceptions, still a school record. He also played in the DII All-Star Cactus Bowl and was named a DII Kodak All-American Honorable Mention in 2003. Following his playing career at Mars Hill, Grant was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns for the 2004-05 season, and his jersey at Shaw High School in Columbus, Georgia has since been retired.

As a Dean’s List student, Grant was a member of the Student Judiciary Board of Student Government, Fellowship of Student Athletes, and a resident assistant. He graduated cum laude in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration. He earned his Masters of Divinity, summa cum laude, from Kingdom Truth University in Jacksonville, Florida.

MHU President Tony Floyd (left) and Michael Grant.

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.

Kristina Osborn, M.D., still batting high

Kristina Osborn was a member of the Mars Hill softball team from 2004-08 and holds several school records, including highest batting average, with .484 in the 2006 season; 22 doubles in one season (2008); and 61 career doubles. She places second in school history with 68 single-season hits (2007) and 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, she was named first team All-SAC, first team Academic-All District, and third team Academic All-America—with a 3.99 GPA in biology, and a 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 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: learn, play, and teach

Men’s basketball star Jerome Ramsey (2000-04) was a three-time South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete and captained the team his senior year. The SAC Scholar Athlete award recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, service, and leadership and is selected from each of the conference’s championship sports by the SAC Faculty Athletic Representatives Committee. In four years at Mars Hill, Ramsey 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. Ramsey recorded 184 career rebounds, 258 career assists, and 128 career steals.

Ramsey was a member of the Dean’s List and of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all four years at Mars Hill. Serving as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach and teaching Math and Physical Education at East Burke High School, He was named the South Mountain Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year in 2016.

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