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 Open With Win In Rough Rider

Seahawks Open With Win In Rough Rider

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team got its season off to a great start last weekend with a first-place team finish in the prestigious Rough Rider tournament in Pennsylvania along with several outstanding individual performances.The Seahawks traveled to host Catasauqua High School in Pennsylvania last weekend to compete against some of the top prep programs… Read more »

Council Supports More Police Take-Home Vehicles

OCEAN CITY — An expansion of the Ocean City Police Department’s take-home vehicle program to a year-round initiative was approved this week, but not before a discussion of whether the vehicles should be new ones.At the budget wrap-up session last spring, the Mayor and Council voted to establish a year-round take-home vehicle policy, or Saturation… Read more »

Copeland Earns Senior Excellence Award

Copeland Earns Senior Excellence Award

BERLIN- Worcester Prep standout student-athlete Emily Copeland was honored last week with the Senior Excellence Award by the United Soccer Coaches after an exceptional fall soccer season for the Mallards.Each year, United Soccer Coaches (UCS) recognize outstanding senior student-athletes around the country with Senior Excellence Awards. The award was created to allow UCS member coaches… Read more »

Seahawks Solid In First Indoor Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in a solid performance in the first conference meet of the season last week with good overall team scores and several standout individual outcomes.In the boy’s 300, Raul Gault finished 18th, Gavin Weeks finished 39th, and Garrett Herr finished 43rd. In the boys’ 500, Gavin McCabe finished… Read more »

Decatur Boys Jump Out To 2-0 Start

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team is off to a fast start with a thrilling, come-from-behind overtime victory over Kent Island in the opener last week followed by another home win against county rival Snow Hill on Tuesday.The Seahawks opened on the road at Kent Island last week and got a stiff early test… Read more »

First-Ever Lax Drop-In Program Offered

OCEAN CITY- For the first time ever, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department is offering a winter boys’ high school lacrosse drop-in to allow local players to keep sharp and stay in shape this winter in advance of next spring’s season.The high school lacrosse drop-in program will be offered at Northside Park on six… Read more »

Mallards Drop Two In Tip-Off Classic

BERLIN- After routing St. Thomas More in the season opener last week, 83-40, Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team dropped two games during the Tip-Off Classic at Delmarva Christian last weekend.The Mallards got off to a fast start last Wednesday with the 83-40 win over St. Thomas More, but the level of competition ramped up… Read more »

Extending Summer Weekends A Goal For Ocean City

Extending Summer Weekends A Goal For Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Expanding the resort’s stranglehold on weekend summer travel was a topic of discussion this week during the Tourism Commission meeting.During Monday’s meeting, Bob Rothermel of TEAM Productions outlined the proposed special events calendar for next summer and the discussion inevitably came back around to how to expand weekday visitor numbers. With close… Read more »

Seahawks Edge Bucs, Rout Eagles

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur girls’ varsity basketball team swept two games to start the season with a nice win at home against Kent Island and a rout of Snow Hill on the road on Tuesday.The Seahawks got past Kent Island in the season opener last week on the road, 41-35, in a relatively tight game. Mayah… Read more »