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.

Baker Signs With University Of Hartford

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur girls’ varsity lacrosse standout Lily Belle Baker last week signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career at the Division I University of Hartford in Connecticut. Baker, a two-time Brine All-American, will play Division I lacrosse at the University of Hartford in 2019. Baker was also named… Read more »

Top Seeds Advance In OC Flag League

OCEAN CITY- The top seeds in the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s fall flag football league all advanced this week, setting up what should be a memorable season finale. The top-seeded Assassins earned a first-round bye and awaited the winner the game between fourth-seeded Greene Turtle and fifth-seeded Seaquest. The Greene Turtle beat Seaquest,… Read more »

Greene Turtle 5K Set For Next Week

WEST OCEAN CITY- The 4th annual Greene Turtle Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K is set for Saturday, November 25, at the Greene Turtle in West Ocean City. The annual race, sponsored by the Greene Turtle West and produced by OC Tri Running, gets underway on Thanksgiving weekend. The race starts and ends at the Greene Turtle… Read more »

Mobile Bus Tracking System Nears Launch In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City’s new mobile “Where’s the Bus?” tracking system for municipal transportation patrons could be ready for a soft opening by mid-December with a complete system ramp-up by New Year’s Eve. During Tuesday’s Transportation Committee meeting, Assistant Transportation Supervisor Brian Connor provided committee members with an update on the implementation of the… Read more »

Shockers Fundraiser Set For Saturday

OCEAN CITY- The Mid-Atlantic Shockers youth baseball club will hold its annual fundraiser at Seacrets on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the upcoming spring season. The Mid-Atlantic Shockers features players from Ocean City, Berlin and all over the Lower Shore competing in Outfitting the teams and traveling to the various state and… Read more »

Seahawks Fall To Bennett In Section Final

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity volleyball team fell to Bayside South rival Bennett, 3-0, last week in the state 3A-East Section II championship game to close out what was otherwise another highly successful season for the Seahawks The Seahawks were seeded second in the state 3A-East Section II bracket and cruised past third-seeded Chesapeake, 3-0, in… Read more »

Worcester Girls Young But Talented

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team has some big shoes to fill as it prepares for the 2017-2018 campaign with several senior starters from last year’s Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) runner-up, but with a talented flock of underclassmen, the transition should be an easy one. Last year’s team opened the season with… Read more »