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Jeannette seniors sign letters of intent to play collegiate sports

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit
Miles Sunder, Nicole Hall and Michael Wise have signed their intentions to play collegiate sports following their graduation this month from Jeannette High School.

This spring, three Jeannette High School seniors signed their intentions to play sports at the collegiate level.

Michael Wise signed this month and will play football at Seton Hill University. Nicole Hall and Miles Sunder have both signed on to play at Carlow University next year — Hall will play softball and Sunder will play basketball.

In fact, Sunder will be part of the very first men's basketball team at Carlow and that was a big factor in Sunder's choice.

“That's something different. Not a lot of schools are starting a new program out of nowhere. It makes me really want to go there,” Sunder said. “After my visit, I liked it even more.”

Sunder also played football for the Jayhawks.

He's had a chance to meet with coaches at Carlow and he made his school choice a little over a month ago. It was a decision that brought him some relief. “It takes so much off of you, it's everything — knowing what you're going to do.”

He plans to study forensic accounting, something he learned a bit more about during his college visit and, Sunder said, it just clicked for him. In the meantime, he plans to enjoy the weeks he has left in Jeannette, he will begin to work out and prepare to help Carlow build a team from scratch in a few months.

Sunder is the son of Sam Sunder, who coaches basketball, and Jewel Burns, who played basketball in high school. His older brother, Shaw Sunder, played on the 2007 Jeannette basketball team that earned a state title.

“I want to thank my dad, my mother, my brother and my coaches,” said Sunder.

Hall will play softball for the Carlow University Celtics next spring. Jeannette's starting pitcher is ready to play at the next level while studying to become a nurse.

In college, she intends to continue pitching and being a hitter.

Hall has known for a while that she would sign with Carlow, the nursing program there is what attracted her the most.

The team and coaches have been really welcoming to her so far as well and she knows that next year's team will be fairly young — which means she and her teammates should be close in age and learn to mesh well.

There will be summer work out assignments and activities for freshmen and Hall is looking forward to playing fall ball.

Spring training will be in Florida next year, something Hall is very excited to experience.

Hall, the daughter of Jeannette head football coach Roy Hall and Patty Hall, is thankful to her parents “for making me the person I am today.”

Wise will play tight end at Seton Hill in the fall and plans to study accounting. He made his school selection a little more than a month ago — he said it was between Seton Hill and St. Vincent College. He's always like the Seton Hill campus and he wanted to play football there.

“They have a really good accounting program,” said Wise.

“I like the coaches there. They're kind of excited to have me and they're real respectful and easy going.”

He'll start working out with the team this summer and hopes to be part of a movement that improves the Seton Hill football program overall.

“They were down a bit lately, but they're starting to get better. Hopefully, I can help.”Wise is feeling much better now that he's made his choice because he's more than ready for that next step.

He wants to major in accounting, eventually become a Certified Public Accountant and possibly earn a master's degree.

Wise is the son of Rich and Kim Wise.

“Thank you to my parents and all my coaches for always putting in the work and helping to make me stronger and become who I am today,” said Wise.

He has also been a baseball and a basketball player for Jeannette over the years. His parents have been active in Jeannette Baseball Association for a long time. His younger brother, Christopher, is also a Jeannette athlete.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at or 724-838-5154.