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 Swimmers Prep For Region Meet

BERLIN- Fresh of strong performances in the inaugural Bayside Conference championship meet, the Stephen Decatur varsity swim teams are set to make a splash in the state 3A-2A-1A East meet this weekend.The Decatur girls won the first-ever conference championship meet last week, while the Decatur boys finished second. The teams are set to compete in… Read more »

OC Tourism Minds Kick Off Strategic Planning Talks

OCEAN CITY — Expanding tourism year-round, improving Ocean City’s “curb appeal” and enhancing the tourists’ experience were some of the the challenges outlined this week when resort tourism officials began strategic planning brainstorming sessions.The Ocean City Tourism Commission met on Monday for an extensive brainstorming session on how to maximize the existing summer season and… Read more »

Suspended Sentence For Growing Pot

SNOW HILL — One of two local men indicted last fall in a vast, sophisticated marijuana-growing operation pleaded guilty this week to one count and was sentenced to 18 months, all of which was suspended.John Harrison, 31, of Berlin, was indicted by a Worcester County grand jury on multiple counts including possession of over 10… Read more »

Worcester Boys Split Two After Break

BERLIN- The Worcester Prep boys’ varsity basketball team’s season continued its season-long up-and-down trend this week with a split in two games on the road.Coming off winter break, the Worcester boys had not played since a 43-32 loss to St. Thomas More on January 8 when the resumed their schedule last week on the road…. Read more »

Decatur Boys Fall To Wicomico, 77-49

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team fell to Wicomico, 77-49, at home on Tuesday to drop to 8-8 with the regular season winding down.Decatur did close the gap somewhat with the Indians, who routed the Seahawks, 75-33, back in January 8, but the outcome was basically the same against the tough Bayside South schools… Read more »

Decatur Wrestles Capture State Championship

Decatur Wrestles Capture State Championship

BERLIN- It came down to the last bout on a long day, but Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team edged Linganore, 28-27, in a tight match last Saturday to capture the state Class 3A championship.The undefeated Seahawks dominated all season, but it took every last ounce of effort to capture the state championship last Saturday at… Read more »

Decatur Girls Beat WiHi, Run Win Streak For Four

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity wrestling team continued its late-season run this week with a road win over Wicomico, 45-39.After scuffling through the first part of the season, including an 0-3 start, the Decatur girls have hit their stride heading down the back stretch of the regular season with four straight wins. The impressive thing… Read more »

Seahawks Solid In State Region Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams competed in the state 3A-East region meet last week and turned in some solid individual performances.On the boys’ side, Decatur’s Kevin Beck finished second in the 800 to earn a spot in the state meet this week. Carter McClendon finished 21st in the 800. Gavin Bunting finished ninth… Read more »

Mallards Sweep Two After Break

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team swept two games this week after coming off a winter break to improve to 13-2 on the season.The Mallards hadn’t played since January 18 before last Wednesday’s game because of the school’s winter break. When the Worcester girls got back in action, they showed little signs of rust… Read more »