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.

Seahawks Make Splash In Bayside Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams made a big splash in the first-ever Bayside Conference championship meet last weekend with the girls finishing first and the boys finishing second.The inaugural Bayside Conference championships were held last weekend at Cambridge and the Decatur teams dominated many events. The Decatur girls finished first in the first-ever conference… Read more »

Knappenberger Wins State Title For Seahawks

Knappenberger Wins State Title For Seahawks

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur varsity wrestler Anya Knappenberger won the school’s first-ever girls’ state wrestling championship last week, sweeping three matches to claim the title.Knappenberger, who battles week in and week out on the unbeaten Decatur varsity team, got her moment in the sun last weekend when she won the girls’ state championship at 112, the… Read more »

Decatur Captures State Regional Title

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team on Wednesday captured the program’s first state regional championship since 2011 with a sweep of two matches in the 3A-East regional duals at home.The Seahawks hosted the 3A-East regional duals on Wednesday and drew a familiar opponent in the semifinals with Bennett. Decatur cruised past Bennett, 52-30, to reach… Read more »

Tanker Crew Members Rescued Offshore

OCEAN CITY — Two sailors were rescued by the Coast Guard far off the mid-Atlantic coast on Wednesday after falling off a passing tanker about 70 miles east of Chincoteague.The two men, crewmembers on the tanker Chemtrans Nova about 70 miles east of Chincoteague, were working on an enclosed lifeboat on board when the lifeboat… Read more »

Awesome Day For Seahawk Swimmer

Awesome Day For Seahawk Swimmer

BERLIN- After practicing and working out in the pool all winter with his teammates, Stephen Decatur freshman swimmer Alec McCabe last week got a chance to compete in an official meet against real competition.McCabe, a freshman at Decatur, has autism, but that has not deterred him from enjoying the same things as many of his… Read more »

Boardwalk Hometown Heroes Banner Campaign To Return

OCEAN CITY — Resort officials this week renewed the Hometown Heroes banner program on the Boardwalk after gaining assurances the initiative will eventually include Vietnam veterans.In 2014, the Ocean City Elks Lodge 2645 launched the first Hometown Heroes military banner program honoring active members of the armed forces from the resort area and Worcester County… Read more »

Hogan Promises Referendum If School Start Date Reversed By Legislature

Hogan Promises Referendum If School Start Date Reversed By Legislature

OCEAN CITY – As predicted, a Senate committee this week approved legislation which could derail the mandate for a post-Labor Day school start, but Gov. Larry Hogan quickly fired back with a promise for a referendum if the bill is ultimately passed.On Wednesday afternoon, the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Matters Committee passed Senate Bill… Read more »