About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.

Poll Finds Two-Thirds Of Marylanders Support Post-Labor Day Start, While AG Opines Court Would ‘Likely’ Find Governor Exceeded Authority

Gov. Larry Hogan holds up the Executive Order he signed in August setting the school  year calendars for Maryland public schools. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

OCEAN CITY — The results of a recent poll released this week indicate a decided majority of Maryland residents continue to support Gov. Larry Hogan’s Executive Order for a post-Labor Day School start, while the state’s Attorney General’s office has concluded the governor “likely” overstepped his bounds with the mandate. The Goucher College Sarah T…. Read more »

Where Are They Now – Alexis McDonough

Former Decatur standout Alexis McDonough was named Student-Athlete of the Week at Hollins University in her first year as a freshman at the Virginia school.

Photo courtesy Hollins University

The following in the latest installment in an occasional series about the progress of local student-athletes who have gone on to succeed at the next level in their college careers. BERLIN- It didn’t take long for former Stephen Decatur High School standout soccer player Alexis McDonough to make an immediate impact at Hollins University. McDonough,… Read more »

Four Powerboats Added To Cruisin Parade

OCEAN CITY — The grand spectacle of offshore powerboat racing returns to Ocean City in early October and this time race enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view the powerful boats up close and personal with a handful participating in the annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ parade on the Boardwalk. Offshore powerboat racing has been a… Read more »

Decatur Golfers Rebound With Win At Glen Riddle

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity golf team outlasted the field and rainy conditions to win the match at Glen Riddle on Tuesday and gain a little much needed separation from rival Bennett. The Seahawks shot a team-low score of 164 in a steady drizzle at Glen Riddle on Tuesday, while second-place Bennett finished with a team… Read more »

Decatur Girls Vent On Wicomico In 10-0 Rout

BERLIN- After two narrow one-goal losses to start the season, Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity soccer team broke through with a vengeance in a 10-0 rout of Wicomico last week. The Seahawks opened the season with a tough 3-2 loss to Kent Island on the road back on September 8. In their home opener last Tuesday,… Read more »

No Major Incidents From This Year’s BikeFest Event, But 133 Citations Issued For Illegal Trailer Parking

One of the host sites for the OC BikeFest event last weekend was the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, pictured above left. Photos by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — While there were the typical complaints regarding noise and traffic, resort officials this week said OC BikeFest last week was a success and the new ordinance on trailer and oversized vehicle parking certainly appeared to achieve the desired results. Over 150,000 motorcyclists roared into the resort starting mid-week last week for OC… Read more »

Adopt Your Street Slow To Catch On

OCEAN CITY — While the Adopt Your Beach program initiated in the resort last fall continues to thrive, the same cannot be said yet for the sister Adopt Your Street program, resort officials learned this week. Last spring, the Ocean City Surf Club, under the auspices of the Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or “Green Team,”… Read more »