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.

2018 Surf Club Scholarships Awarded

2018 Surf Club Scholarships Awarded

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Surf Club recently announced the recipients of its 2018 scholarship program including two well-deserving local teens. Each year, the Ocean City Surf Club awards scholarships to local high school seniors to apply toward their college tuition. The scholarships are awarded to those students who best exemplify the values of the… Read more »

Powerboat To Race Planes During  Air Show

OCEAN CITY- Before the Miss Geico powerboat racing team continues on its quest for an 11th straight Offshore Powerboat Racing (OPA) championship during the Ocean City Grand Prix next weekend, the prolific racing team will compete against a couple of aircraft performing in the Ocean City Air Show this weekend. The 10-time world champion Miss… Read more »

Amendment Urges More Wind Farm Oversight

OCEAN CITY — U.S. Congressman Andy Harris (R-1-Md.) was successful in getting language added to a federal appropriations bill that would provide more oversight to the proposed offshore wind energy projects off the coast of the resort. Last Wednesday, Harris was able to attach language in the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill… Read more »

39th Small Boat Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 39th Annual Small Boat Tournament gets underway on Saturday with the first of two fishing days. With several major offshore tournaments looming later this summer, some of the smaller boats in the resort’s sportfishing fleet will get their chance in the spotlight this weekend with the Ocean City… Read more »

Locals Dominate First Leg Of Tennis Series

Locals Dominate First Leg Of Tennis Series

OCEAN CITY- The first leg of a summer-long series featuring some of the top high school tennis players from across the Eastern Shore was held last weekend with local players taking first in most of the categories. Despite the rainy weather most of last weekend, local high school players took to the courts at the… Read more »

Ocean City Surf Club Events A Big Success

Ocean City Surf Club Events A Big Success

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Surf Club’s 17th Annual O.C. Surf Fest last week was a huge success with a weekend-long festival on contests, parties and a reunion of sorts for many of the sport’s local legends. The annual event got underway last Friday with a kick-off party and legends induction at Barn 34, just… Read more »

Offshore Powerboat Racing Returns Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The grand spectacle of offshore powerboat racing returns to the resort next weekend with the Offshore Powerboat Racing Association (OPA) Ocean City Grand Prix. Bull on the Beach is teaming up with the OPA to bring the Ocean City Grand Prix back to the resort area next weekend with three days of events,… Read more »