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.

Despite Protest, Poor Girls Open A Big Success

The 23rd Annual Poor Girls Open was once again a big success with thousands of dollars in prize money doled out to the winners in some categories and more importantly, a $100,000 check to the American Cancer Society. Pictured above, tournament director Shawn Harman presents the big check to the happy recipients during the awards ceremony.

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OCEAN CITY- Despite a protest that has left the billfish release division final standings still in question, the 23rd Annual Poor Girls Open last weekend was once again a huge success with a record number of boats and anglers participating, and most importantly a big contribution to the American Cancer Society. Sandwiched between the high… Read more »

Questions About First-Place Billfish Lead To White Marlin Open’s Top Prize Of $2.8M Being Withheld

Pictured is the 76.5-pound white marlin hooked on the second day of the White Marlin Open. Photo by Hooked On OC/Fish In OC

OCEAN CITY — Exactly two weeks to the day since the one and only qualifying white marlin caught during the 43rd Annual White Marlin Open was hauled up the scale and ultimately awarded $2.8 million, shattering the tournament payout record and potentially setting a world record payout, tournament officials late Tuesday announced there was a… Read more »

Mid-Atlantic Tournament Returns Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The resort area’s collective hangover from last week’s White Marlin Open has just about worn off in time for the next big event on the summer sportfishing calendar- the 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic, a Cape May, N.J.-based tournament that will again have a strong presence in Ocean City again this year. Now in its… Read more »

23rd Annual Poor Girls Open Underway

OCEAN CITY- Sandwiched between the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open and the Mid-Atlantic Tournament, which gets underway on Monday, the resort area’s lady anglers get their turn in the spotlight this week with the return of the Poor Girl’s Open for the 23rd year. The Poor Girl’s Open, which typically falls on the… Read more »

Cops And Courts – August 19, 2016

Social Issues & Government

Fatal Accident In Southern Worcester SNOW HILL — A Salisbury man died and another person was injured in a single-vehicle accident near Girdletree in the south end of Worcester County last Saturday. Around 7:40 p.m. last Saturday, Worcester County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a single-vehicle accident on Truitt’s Landing Road in the Girdletree area. The Worcester… Read more »