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.

Track Teams Solid In County Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances in last week’s meet at the Worcester County Recreation Complex in Snow Hill including a handful of top finishes in some events.On the girls’ side, Mary Mergott finished third in the 800, while Caroline Gardner was seventh. Mergott also finished fifth in the 1,600…. Read more »

Resort To Try Out Solar Bus Shelters

OCEAN CITY — Resort transportation officials this month endorsed a pilot program to brighten some of the town’s darker municipal bus shelters with solar-powered lighting systems.Nearly all of the town’s bus shelters are provided by the Columbia Equipment Company, which has available a compatible solar-powered lighting system at a cost of just under $1,000 per… Read more »

Mallards Finish Strong Before Break

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team enjoyed a solid finish before the winter break, beating Salisbury Christian and Holly Grove last week before falling to Delmarva Christian on the road on Monday.Last Wednesday, the Mallards beat Salisbury Christian, 31-29, on the road in a tight, low-scoring game. Back in action at home last Friday,… Read more »

Worcester Girls Run Win Streak To Six

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team stayed on a major roll last week, sweeping three games to run its win streak to six games and improve to 12-3 on the season.Since dropping a pair of tough games in the Governor’s Challenge holiday tournament, the Mallards have won six in a row, including a 51-10… Read more »

Seahawks Rebound With Win Over Eagles

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball rebounded from its first real adversity of the season with a 58-21 rout of Snow Hill on Tuesday, completing the first season sweep of its county rival in three years.The Seahawks started the season with six straight wins before splitting a pair of games in the North Caroline holiday… Read more »

Seahawks Finish Second At War On Shore

Seahawks Finish Second At War On Shore

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team turned in a strong performance in its own War on the Shore tournament last weekend, finishing second overall just behind three-time defending champion Mount Saint Joseph’s.Overall, the Seahawks placed in nine of the 14 weight divisions including four second-place finishes, a third-place finish, two fourths, a fifth and a… Read more »

Seahawks Split Two, Improve To 6-1

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity swim team split a pair of meets this week to improve to 6-1 on the season with two dual meets left.Last week, the Seahawks routed Kent County, 132-25, followed by a 100-70 loss to Delaware powerhouse Cape Henlopen on Tuesday. Since the holiday break, the Decatur girls are 4-1 including… Read more »

No Immediate Plan For 3rd Street Traffic Light

OCEAN CITY — Getting the Boardwalk trams across Philadelphia Avenue from the new public works facility at 3rd Street continues to create challenges, but it doesn’t appear a request new traffic signal is in the works any time soon.Each day throughout the summer, the trams will have to cross Philadelphia Avenue and ultimately Baltimore Avenue… Read more »