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.

Worcester Girls Start Season On Major Roll

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team stayed on a big roll to start the season this week, beating Bennett, 21-7, on the road on Monday to improve to 3-0. The deep and talented Mallards return 16 players from last year’s team that won its fourth straight Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship, including… Read more »

Decatur At 2-2 After Loss To Clippers

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team fell to Bayside South rival Bennett, 4-3, on Wednesday to drop to 2-2 on the season. The Seahawks opened last week with a 3-0 win over Queen Anne’s and followed that with an 8-6 loss to South River in a rare regular season game on the other side of… Read more »

Seahawks Rout Holly Grove, Improve To 2-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball team stayed on a big roll to start the season this week with a decisive 13-4 win over Holly Grove in a non-conference game on Monday. After slumping through a 4-14 campaign last year, a rejuvenated Decatur varsity softball team continued to show signs or marked improvement this week with… Read more »

Fire Sparks Gas Connection Warnings

OCEAN CITY — A significant residential fire in Ocean City last weekend prompted the Fire Marshal’s Office this week to issue a reminder about the dangers of converting gas appliances to different types of fuels. Around 7 p.m. last Friday, the Ocean City Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire on Flounder Lane…. Read more »

Decatur Girls Fall To Queen Anne’s, 14-5

Decatur’s Christina Romano attempts to move the ball against a swarming Queen Anne’s defense during Wednesday’s 14-5 loss.

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BERLIN- After starting the season with two straight convincing wins, the Decatur girls’ varsity lacrosse team came out a little flat in a big early season showdown with Bayside North power Queen Anne’s on Wednesday and fell to the Lions, 14-5. The Seahawks opened with a 10-5 win over Saints Peter and Paul last week… Read more »

Seahawks Sweep Opening Outside Track Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity outdoor track teams swept their season-opening meets last week with both the boys’ and girls’ teams finishing first. The Decatur boys finished in first place in the first meet of the season last week at home with 116 team points. Wicomico was second with 83 and Snow Hill was third with… Read more »

Ocean City Exploring Online Beach Bonfire Permit Process; Same-Day Approvals Could Be In Future

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OCEAN CITY — Hoping to capitalize on a spike in the popularity of bonfires on the beach, Ocean City officials this week approved a request that could automate and streamline the permitting process. Ocean City Fire Marshal David Hartley on Tuesday presented a proposal to the Mayor and Council seeking approval to explore an online… Read more »