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.

7th Ocean Games On Tap Next Week

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean Games return to the resort next Saturday with hundreds of participants expected to compete in various long-distance swimming all for a good cause.The 6th annual event set for next Saturday features a nine-mile open ocean swim off the beach in Ocean City. The course will run parallel to the beach… Read more »

Driver Sentenced In Bridge Crash

OCEAN CITY — An Annapolis man plead guilty this week to driving under the influence and was sentenced to serve 45 days in jail after a high-profile incident last winter.Around 2:20 a.m. on March 4, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to the area near the base of the Route 50 Bridge and… Read more »

New Youth Sports Complex Study In Early Stages

OCEAN CITY — The highly anticipated study to determine the feasibility of sports complex to help rebrand Ocean City as a youth sports destination has taken its first early steps with preliminary interviews with resort tourism officials.During Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting, a discussion of the town’s tourism strategic plan and the effort to expand tourism… Read more »

32nd Ocean City Tuna Tournament Underway

OCEAN CITY – The 31st annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament is underway with dozens of boats and hundreds of anglers searching the canyons off the coast of the resort in search of the burly behemoths.The tuna bite has been rock solid thus far this summer, setting up what should be a memorable 2019 Ocean City… Read more »

37th Canyon Kickoff A Big Success

37th Canyon Kickoff A Big Success

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th Annual Canyon Kickoff was once again a huge success with dozens of boats and hundreds of anglers filling out the leaderboard in several categories and collecting thousands in prize money.The Canyon Kick-Off, held each year on or near the Fourth of July weekend, is the first… Read more »