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.

Marlin Club’s Rockfish Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The 6th Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament got underway today with the first official fishing day of the nine-day event.The Marlin Club’s 6th annual rockfish tournament will run from Friday to December 16. Boats and teams of anglers will decide to fish five of the nine days. As the name of… Read more »

Beautiful Weather For Jingle Bell 5K

OCEAN CITY- Beautiful early December weather arrived right on time for the 6th Annual Winterfest of Lights Jingle Bell 5K in Ocean City last weekend.The annual event took place at Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park in Ocean City last Sunday. Nearly 250 runners competed in the annual 5K race through the dazzling lights and… Read more »

Worcester Girls Start Season Fast

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team got its season off a fast start last weekend, sweeping two games in the Tip-Off Classic hosted by Indian River to open up with a 2-0 mark.With an experienced returning roster featuring 10 upperclassmen including seven seniors, expectations are high for Coach Scot Daly’s Worcester Prep team this… Read more »

Governor’s Challenge To Feature Shore Legends

SALISBURY- A new wrinkle in the Governor’s Challenge holiday basketball tournament that returns later this month for the 38th year will pay homage to some of the great state championship teams from the Eastern Shore over nearly the last two decades.Now entering its 38th year, the annual Governor’s Challenge holiday basketball tournament will feature 120… Read more »

Worcester Boys Drop Two In Tip-Off Classic

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team dropped a pair of games to start the 2018-2019 season last weekend, falling to Indian River and Laurel in the Tip-Off Classic.The Mallards traveled to Indian River to compete in the season-opening Tip-Off Classic last weekend and fell to the host in the opener on Friday, 54-36. Michael… Read more »

First-Ever CAR Golf Tourney A Big Success

First-Ever CAR Golf Tourney A Big Success

BERLIN- The Coastal Association of Realtors (CAR) recently held their first charity golf tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club-Seaside Course with over $12,000 raised for the association’s foundation.A total of 76 golfers participated in the CAR’s first-ever charity golf tournament and raised over $12,000 for the foundation. The CAR Foundation is a fund held… Read more »

Assassins Win 6th Straight Flag Football Title

Assassins Win 6th Straight Flag Football Title

OCEAN CITY- The Pit-and-Pub Assassins once again captured the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Adult Flag Football League championship this week for the sixth straight year.The top-seeded Pit-and-Pub Assassins edged Delmar, 21-20, in a hard-fought, extremely close title game under the lights at 4th Street on Tuesday. For the Assassins, Tuesday’s title win was… Read more »

Only One Bid Received For Scoper Franchise

OCEAN CITY — Providing further evidence the beach photography business continues to be challenging, just one vendor came forward this week when the bids were opened for Ocean City’s franchise.Ocean City’s beach photography franchise is essentially divided into two separate franchises and under the town’s code, one vendor can hold both franchises. By way of… Read more »