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.

Record White Hake Landed Off Resort Coast

Record White Hake Landed Off Resort Coast

OCEAN CITY- A rare white hake caught off the coast of Ocean City last week has been recognized by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a new state record for the species after a Millsboro man reeled in the nearly 17-pound whopper.Brian Gay of Millsboro has been recognized by the DNR for a… Read more »

Saltwater Girls Reach National Title Game

Saltwater Girls Reach National Title Game

BERLIN- The local Saltwater Lacrosse Club’s girls’ 2024 team reached the National Girls Lacrosse League (NGLL) championship last weekend before falling just short in the title game.The Saltwater Lacrosse Club features young players from across the Lower Shore including Worcester, Wicomico and Sussex Counties. The girls’ 2024 team competed in the NGLL for the first… Read more »

Snelsire Wins Pitcher Of Year Honors

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team was well-represented when the Bayside South post-season awards were announced this week including Pitcher of the Year honors for senior Hayden Snelsire.The Seahawks had another outstanding season this year and were rewarded with several post-season awards for individual players. Snelsire, a senior bound for Randolph Macon next year, was… Read more »

Council Hears Parking Task Force Review

OCEAN CITY — With the resort’s parking task force in hiatus for the summer, at least one councilmember this week questioned if firm recommendations on possibly expanding paid parking in the resort are not coming fast enough.Earlier this year, Mayor Rick Meehan at the request of the council appointed a task force to begin exploring… Read more »

Drummond Wins State Title In High Jump

Drummond Wins State Title In High Jump

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity track athletes turned in several outstanding performances in the state championship meet last weekend including a state title for London Drummond in the high jump.Drummond finished second in the high jump in the 3A-East regional meet two weeks ago to qualify for the state championship meet. Last weekend, Drummond leaped 6’4”… Read more »

Criminal Justice Academy, Wor-Wic Dispute Negligence Claims

SALISBURY — Officials from the police academy at Wor-Wic Community College last week denied any wrongdoing after a pair of recruits filed suit in March alleging negligence and sexual discrimination after allegedly suffering brain injuries during training.In March, Cynthia Mowery, a candidate for a full-time position with the Elkton Police Department, and Brian Alexander, a… Read more »