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.

Six Held After Gunpoint Robbery

OCEAN CITY — Six Washington, D.C. area residents were arrested on first-degree assault and other serious charges early Monday morning after a verbal altercation downtown turned physical and resulted in at least one victim being “pistol whipped” and robbed at gunpoint. Around 2:40 a.m. on Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to… Read more »

Softball World Series Descends On Region

OCEAN CITY- Nearly 6,000 softball players from all over the country and beyond descended on the Lower Shore this week for the first events of the U.S. Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) Eastern World Series. This year’s event began on Wednesday and will continue through the end of the month with competition each week in different… Read more »

Decatur’s Leonard Named National All-Star

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur freshman Brittyn Lyra Leonard has been named a 2017 National Lacrosse All-Star and represented the state of Maryland this week at the National Lacrosse Academy and the National Lacrosse Classic in Richmond. Leonard was chosen as a Brine National High School All-Star and joined teammates Lily Belle Baker and Ellie Dutton on… Read more »

13th Kid’s Classic Tourney Next Weekend

OCEAN CITY- Young anglers will get their moment in the spotlight this weekend when the Ocean City Marlin Club hosts its 13th Annual Kid’s Classic Tournament. Throughout the summer, the big boys and girls get to show off their fishing skills practically every weekend with one tournament or another, but the focus during this weekend’s… Read more »