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.

Decatur Girls Remain Unbeaten at 6-0

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team beat Bayside South rival Wicomico, 54-42, last week to remain unbeaten on the season.After the win over Wicomico, the Seahawks’ record stands at a perfect 6-0. The two teams were tied at 12-12 after one quarter, but the Seahawks outscored the Tribe, 15-8, in the second quarter…. Read more »

OC Bus, Tram Driver Recruitment Incentives Weighed

OC Bus, Tram Driver Recruitment Incentives Weighed

OCEAN CITY — In an effort to stay in front of another anticipated labor shortage, resort transportation officials this week discussed incentives for retaining returning drivers and attracting new ones.For Ocean City, the departments most affected by last summer’s worker shortage were the transportation division; including bus drivers and Boardwalk tram operators, public works, including… Read more »

Decatur Wrestlers Split Two Matches

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team split two matches last week, topping Wicomico, 78-6, last Wednesday before falling to Cape Henlopen, 34-27, in an impromptu match last Saturday.Against Wicomico, Juan Hinojosa won at 106, Aaron August won a 113, Reid Caimi won at 126, Coby Drummond won at 132, Logan Intrieri won at 138,… Read more »

Harris Pushing For More H-2B Visas

BERLIN — With uncertainties already surrounding the availability of a seasonal workforce for some key industries locally and across the Eastern Shore, Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) is imploring the federal government to release more H-2B visas.The H-2B guest worker program provides access to seasonal temporary labor to businesses in certain non-agricultural seasonal roles. Unlike the… Read more »

Mallards Beat Arcadia, Fall to Royals

BERLIN – It was win one, lose one for Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team this week with a 47-21 win over Arcadia, followed by a 43-34 loss to Delmarva Christian.The Mallards beat Arcadia, 47-21, last week. Worcester led 11-2 after one quarter and 30-10 at the half and never looked back. Lily Baeurle led… Read more »

Resort’s Summer, Offseason Special Events Discussed; Drones, Fireworks, Concerts, Comedy Shows

Resort’s Summer, Offseason Special Events Discussed; Drones, Fireworks, Concerts, Comedy Shows

OCEAN CITY — With the calendar flipping over to 2022, resort tourism officials this week received an informal presentation on some of the recurring special events for the coming year along with a few new wrinkles.TEAM Productions’ Bob Rothermel on Monday presented his proposed lineup of value-added special events for the coming season, along with… Read more »