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.

Seahawks’ Comeback Falls Just Short

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team spotted Bennett a big early lead, battled back through the middle innings and fell just short to the Clippers in the state 3A-East tournament on Monday. A slew of walks and a timely hit staked Bennett to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning in the 3A-East second-round… Read more »

With Boating Season Here, New Reminders Issued About Island Protection

OCEAN CITY — With another summer season quickly approaching, conservation advocates this week are reminding recreational boaters the sandy islands in the coastal bays that serve as temporary homes to endangered species of beach-nesting birds remain off limits to human interaction. Two years ago, the federal Army Corps of Engineers dredged the navigation channels in… Read more »

Sports Alliance Accord Extended

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week approved a continuation of Ocean City’s agreement with Worcester and Wicomico Counties on the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance (MAASA). In 2014, Ocean City entered into an agreement with Wicomico County to establish MAASA, a cutting edge alliance that allowed the two jurisdictions to pool their collective resources to… Read more »

Worcester Boys Claim 3rd Straight Title

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team rode a big third quarter to pull away from a pesky Gunston team to win its third straight Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship last Friday. Last week began with the Mallards beating Bishop McNamara, 17-1, in the Maryland Independent Lacrosse League (MILL) quarterfinals. Worcester plays in… Read more »

Decatur Boys Bow Out Of State Tourney

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team beat Easton in the opening round of the state 3A-2A East region tournament last week, but fell to old nemesis Kent Island in the second round to close out the season. The Seahawks had a tough go of it from the start this year after continual rainouts and… Read more »

Decatur Softball Ousted From State Tourney

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball made a brief run in the state 3A-East region Section II tournament with a first-round win, but fell to the top seed in the region in its second-round game this week. The Seahawks were up and down all year in a season that resulted in a 7-9 regular season record…. Read more »

Woodland Enjoys Big Day At Baysides

BERLIN- Decatur’s Tajheem Woodland enjoyed a big day at the Bayside Championships last week, winning one sprint event and finishing second in two others. The Seahawks competed in the Bayside Championships last Wednesday and placed in several events, but the most impressive performance came from Woodland. The Decatur sprinter finished first in the 400, second… Read more »