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.

Ramadans Indicted For Untaxed Cigarette Operation; Guns, $312K Seized During Raid

Ramadans Indicted For Untaxed Cigarette Operation; Guns, $312K Seized During Raid

WEST OCEAN CITY — Two weeks after their West Ocean City home was raided by federal law enforcement officials and their local partners, two Ocean City men were indicted Thursday in New York for their alleged roles in trafficking significant quantities of untaxed cigarettes, the same crimes they were convicted of in 2015.On Thursday, Oct…. Read more »

Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ

Pinzhoffer Repeats As State Surfing Champ

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District last weekend closed out its summer surfing contest season with the Maryland State Championships in Ocean City with a familiar name taking the state title.ESA Delmarva hosted the Maryland State Championships on the beach at 35th Street last weekend with decent surf left over from the… Read more »

Worcester Girls Remain Unbeaten

Worcester Girls Remain Unbeaten

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team swept two games this week to remain unbeaten and unscored upon on the season.Last Friday, the Mallards blanked the West Nottingham Academy, 3-0, in their first game since September 28. Worcester led 2-0 at the half and added a second half goal to complete the 3-0 shutout.On Monday… Read more »

Seahawks Fall To Easton 28-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team dropped its fourth straight against tough Bayside North opponents last weekend, falling to Easton, 28-0, on the road last Saturday.In a rare Saturday afternoon game, the Seahawks quickly fell behind the Warriors, 7-0, just two minutes into the game. Easton added two more touchdowns in the first half and… Read more »

Mallards Run Win Streak To Three

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team edged Gunston, 2-1, on the road on Monday to collect its third straight victory and improve to 9-2-2 on the season.Last week, the Mallards edged St. Thomas More, 2-1. Worcester led 1-0 at the half and swapped goals with St. Thomas More in the second half to pull… Read more »

Seahawks Win District, Qualify For States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity golf team captured the District 8 championship last week in Cambridge, but fell to Kent Island by a single stroke in the Bayside Conference championship on Tuesday.The Seahawks, who won the Bayside South title this season, took the District 8 championship at the Hyatt in Cambridge last week with a low… Read more »

Planned Charity Jeep Parade Fees Reduced

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week agreed to relax some of the fees associated with charitable event next month involving a parade of jeeps fundraiser.The Mayor and Council had before them on Monday a request to approve a special event involving Ocean City Jeep Club and the Toys for Tots program. The event calls… Read more »

Fast Breakers To Host Basketball Camp

OCEAN CITY- The quickly growing Ocean City Fast Breakers girls’ basketball traveling teams will host a camp and tryouts at Northside Park this weekend with some of the sports’ big wigs in the gym for hands-on instruction.The Ocean City Fast Breakers girls’ travel basketball team, coached by Paul Weisengoff, has grown from a single team… Read more »