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.

National Champ Sea Gulls To Host Lax Camp

OCEAN CITY- The reigning NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse champion Salisbury University team will host the Lax’n at the Beach boy’s lacrosse summer camp in Ocean City during the first week of July. The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will host the lacrosse summer camp led by Salisbury University men’s lacrosse head coach Jim… Read more »

Jones Selected To National All-Star Tteam

BERLIN- Most Blessed Sacrament sixth-grader Griffin Jones has been named as a 2017 National Lacrosse All-Star and had been selected to represent the state of Maryland at the National Lacrosse Academy and the National Lacrosse Classic in Richmond in July. Jones was also selected to represent Maryland at the National Lacrosse Classic last year. The… Read more »

MSSA “Tuna-Ment” Again A Big Success

OCEAN CITY- The Maryland Saltwater Sportsfishing Association (MSSA) last weekend hosted its 28th Annual Mid-Atlantic Tuna Tournament in and around the resort area with great results in all divisions. For 28 years, the MSSA has hosted the Mid-Atlantic “Tuna-Ment” with boats fishing out of Ocean City, Indian River and Chincoteague targeting tuna and dolphin. For… Read more »

Saltwater Lacrosse Stays On Major Roll

BERLIN- The local Saltwater Lacrosse Club stayed on a major roll last weekend in the summer-long travel tournament season, collecting another division championship and sending three more teams to title games in an event in Virginia. The Saltwater Lacrosse Club features young players from Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex Counties. Two weeks ago, the Saltwater Lacrosse… Read more »

Club’s 35th Canyon Kick-off Set For Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 35th Annual Canyon Kick-off tournament gets underway next week with the first of three official fishing days. With tuna practically jumping in the boat for most of the resort area’s sportfishing fleet for the last week or so, and billfish and dolphin turning up in good numbers offshore,… Read more »

Maryland Week Promotion Planned For Late August

OCEAN CITY — Hoping to capitalize on the statewide mandate for starting the public school year after Labor Day, resort tourism officials have launched a Maryland Week initiative aimed at encouraging state residents to enjoy the last vestiges of the summer season. On Monday, Council Secretary and Tourism Committee chair Mary Knight briefed the Mayor… Read more »

Suspects Charged In Armed Robbery

OCEAN CITY — Two suspects were arrested on armed robbery and first-degree assault charges last week after allegedly stealing a victim’s wallet at knifepoint in the area of 19th Street. Around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer was on patrol in the area of 19th Street when he was approached… Read more »