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.

Worcester Girls Dominate North Caroline

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team picked up where it left off before the holiday break with a couple of impressive wins to start the second half of the season. The Mallards closed out the first portion of their schedule with an impressive 7-3 mark and then split a pair of games against tough… Read more »

Decatur Track Teams Solid In Latest Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances in the latest meet last week with good team scores and several top finishes in individual events. The Decatur boys finished sixth overall in terms of team scores, while the Decatur girls finished eighth overall. In the 1,600, Decatur’s Kevin Beck finished fifth. While… Read more »

Worcester Boys Finally Get Back On Court

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team finally got back on the court this week after being idle for nearly a month and split a pair of games against non-conference opponents. The Mallards last played back on December 18, a 51-47 win over Delmarva Christian. Unlike the Worcester Prep girls’ varsity team and most of… Read more »

Knife Threats Leads To Assault Charges

OCEAN CITY — A Berlin man was arrested on multiple counts of first-degree assault last weekend after allegedly threatening two other individuals with a knife. Around 5:25 a.m. last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was dispatched to a residence at 120th Street for an active assault with a knife. The officer responded… Read more »

Seahawks Solid In War On The Shore

Seahawks Solid In War On The Shore

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team did well in its own War on the Shore tournament last weekend, finishing ninth overall and collecting top finishes in a couple of weight divisions. Decatur hosted the War on the Shore tournament last Friday and Saturday, featuring some of the top prep teams from the mid-Atlantic region and… Read more »

Council Approves Alley Changes

OCEAN CITY — Plans to close off a north-south alley were approved this week after it appears most property owners in the area support the change. For years, there has been a platted alley between Bering Road and 86th Street in the north end of Ocean City that was rather inconsequential because it was rarely,… Read more »

O.C. Flag Team Captures National Title

O.C. Flag Team Captures National Title

OCEAN CITY- Ocean City’s own Assassins flag football team last weekend captured the national championship in its division in the U.S. Flag and Touch Football League (USFTL) tournament in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The Assassins, which won the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s Fall Flag Football League title last year, competed in the USFTL national… Read more »