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.

Mallards Edge Jaguars, Holly Grove

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team beat edged Salisbury Christian at home on Senior Night last Friday, followed by a road win against Holly Grove on Monday.The Mallards are now 2-1 after the long holiday break and 10-8 overall on the season. On Senior Night last Friday, Worcester edged Salisbury Christian in a close… Read more »

Seahawks Solid In 3A-Central Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances in the state 3A-Central Region meet last week with several top individual finishes.On the girls’ side, Alyssa Romano finished 19th in the 500. Mary Mergott finished 14th in the 800, while Caroline Gardner was 19th. Mergott also finished 11th in the 1,600, while Gardner… Read more »

Decatur Girls Improve Record To 11-4

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team bounced back from a tough, one-point loss to Wicomico last week with a pair of impressive wins this week.The Seahawks had won four straight heading into last Thursday’s contest with Bayside South rival Wicomico. The Decatur girls held a late lead, but couldn’t hold on and loss to… Read more »

Worcester Girls Run Win Streak To Nine

Worcester Girls Run Win Streak To Nine

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team ran its current season-high win streak to nine with a sweep of three games since the winter break.The Mallards started the season with a five-game win streak, then stumbled a little through the middle with three losses in four games, including two against tough opponents in the Governor’s… Read more »

Seahawks Sweep Two, Remain Unbeaten

Seahawks Sweep Two, Remain Unbeaten

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team remained unbeaten this week with a sweep of two Bayside Conference matches including wins over North Caroline and Bennett.The Seahawks beat North Caroline, 56-12, last Wednesday. Austin Miller beat Jairo Tomas at 106, Logan Intrieri beat Sean Bunce at 113, Shamar Baines beat Dandy Scharf at 120 and Jagger… Read more »

Punkin Chunkin Seeks Shore Return

BERLIN — After a one-year hiatus in Illinois, the popular World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is seeking a new venue and a return to Delmarva.For decades, the World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association hosted the iconic fall event in rural areas of neighboring Delaware, but had been without a home since 2016 when a television producer… Read more »

Major Wallops Launch Set For Sunday

OCEAN CITY — Local residents and visitors on Sunday evening could have a front row seat for what should be quite a spectacle with a major rocket launch from NASA’s nearby Wallops Island Flight Facility scheduled.NASA and its private-sector partner Northrup Grumman is expected to launch the Antares rocket on Sunday morning in at roughly… Read more »