by The Beacon Sports Staff
This year’s Yankee Small College Conference post-season play returned to Southern Maine Community College, unfortunately all of the excitement surrounding the SeaWolves participating was quieted with the news of Chase Soares passing away on Feb. 15th.
Soares played for the SeaWolves for two years (2014-15 and 2016-17) and was in the words of teammate John Morgan, “…just the kind of kid that would light up a room when he walked in.” Over the two-years that Soares played at SMCC, he matured into a player who could take over a game.
In the 2017 semi-finals of the YSCC post-season play, Soares drained the nets for 32 points
(connecting on nine three-pointers) in a decisive win against Central Maine Community College (84-74). The Wolves would face New Hampshire Technical Institute in the championship game the next day. Chase would hit for 18 against NHTI, helping the Wolves cut the nets down in the Hutchinson gymnasium. His efforts throughout the tournament would warrant him winning the Offensive Player Award for the tournament.
The Wolves traveled to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association nationals in
Pennsylvania next where Soares would establish a record that still stands, 14 assists in a game. Soares also earned his associate degree in sports business management here at SMCC. The SeaWolves family will miss Chase.