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.

Martinek Headed To National Hall Of Fame

Martinek Headed To National Hall Of Fame

BERLIN- Decatur varsity wrestling coach Todd Martinek next month with be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame-Maryland Chapter for his lifetime of service to the sport.Martinek shares a distinction with two other Marylanders in the National Hall of Fame who each wrestled, coached and refereed in the Maryland State Finals. He won the… Read more »

Mallards Sweep Three, Improve To 8-1

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team swept three games this week to run their win streak to five games.Last Friday, the Mallards came from behind to beat Delmar on Homecoming, 5-3. Delmar led, 3-2, at the half with Worcester goals coming from Dylan McGovern and Anderssen Taylor. In the second half, Worcester got goals… Read more »

Spartan Race Set For Resort Return

OCEAN CITY — With little discussion or fanfare, resort officials last week approved a one-day franchise agreement for food, drink and merchandise for the Spartan Race, which returns to Ocean City this weekend.The Mayor and Council reviewed a resolution to grant a franchise to Spartan Race, Inc. for the sale of food, beverages, including non-alcoholic… Read more »

Questions Lead To More Study For Freeboard Ordinance

OCEAN CITY — An ordinance presented for second reading this week establishing a one-foot freeboard elevation for new construction in the downtown area was tabled after questions were raised about some of the language.For months, resort officials at different levels have been working on adopting a new one-foot freeboard elevation requirement for new or substantially… Read more »

Does OC Council Deserve More Pay?

OCEAN CITY — As Ocean City has evolved into a more year-round resort, is it time to revisit the annual salaries of its elected officials?The unsolicited question was raised during the public comment period of this week’s meeting by Career Firefighter-Paramedic Union, Local IAFF 4369 President Ryan Whittington at this week’s meeting.“As we go into… Read more »

Worcester Girls Rebound From First Loss

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 3-1 win over Salisbury School last Friday. The Mallards opened the season with three straight wins, all by shutout, before taking their first loss of the season last Wednesday, 3-2, to Salisbury Christian. Last Friday, the Worcester girls… Read more »