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.

All-Star Match Dedicated To Former Decatur Coach

All-Star Match Dedicated To Former Decatur Coach

BERLIN- A high school wrestling showcase tournament in Baltimore this weekend will feature a match dedicated to former Decatur coach Kevin Gilligan, who passed away unexpectedly last summer.The 3rd annual Maryland All-Star Wrestling Classic will take place at Gilman School in Baltimore on Saturday. The annual event showcases high school wrestlers from around the state… Read more »

Boardwalk Property Appeal In Court

OCEAN CITY — An appeal hearing at the state Court of Special Appeals got underway on Thursday that could decide the fate of an iconic building on the Boardwalk.The historic building on the east side of South Division Street near the south end of the Boardwalk has been home to different businesses and attractions over… Read more »

Seahawks Vent On Snow Hill, 61-0

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team vented a little frustration on county rival Snow Hill last weekend, routing the undermanned Eagles, 61-0, in the season finale.Decatur started the season a promising 2-1 after a couple of dominating performances, but hit the wall when the midseason schedule turned to the always-tough Bayside North schools. It didn’t… Read more »

Gardner, Mallards Earn Post-Season Awards

BERLIN- After completing a perfect, unbeaten campaign this fall, the post-season accolades continued for Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team including a conference Player of the Year award for its stalwart goalkeeper.The Worcester girls ran the table this fall, finishing with a perfect 9-0 record including an Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship. Not… Read more »

North OC Escape Room Approved

OCEAN CITY — Satisfied the request for a conditional use met the requirements, resort officials this week approved a new virtual reality escape room in an uptown shopping center.The Mayor and Council had before them Monday a request to approve a conditional use in an LC-1, or local commercial zoning district, that would allow for… Read more »

Ocean City Voters Approve Charter Amendment

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City voters resoundingly approved a charter amendment this week allowing binding interest arbitration for the town’s firefighter-paramedic union.When Ocean City voters hit the polls on Tuesday, appearing on the ballot was a referendum question which, if approved, would allow for binding interest arbitration for the Career Firefighter Paramedics Association of Ocean… Read more »

Decatur Volleyball Bows Out Of States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity volleyball team bowed out of the state 3A-East region tournament this week with a 3-1 loss to Northeast in the sectional semifinals.The Seahawks entered the 3A-East Section II tournament as the three-seed and faced second-seeded Northeast on the road on Monday before bowing out, 3-1. Bennett, the top-seed in the tournament,… Read more »

Mallards Dominate Field Hockey Awards

Mallards Dominate Field Hockey Awards

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity field hockey team was honored with several post-season conference awards after completing another remarkable season.The Mallards finished with an impressive 11-5 record despite falling to a tough Holly Grove team in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game. As a result, the Worcester girls were well represented when the… Read more »

Decatur Runners Solid In Region Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity cross-country teams acquitted themselves well in the state 3A-East region meet last week with solid team finishes and some great individual performances.The Decatur girls finished fifth overall in the 3A-East region meet. Mary Mergott was the top finisher for Decatur at 17th, while Kailey Andrews finished 19th. Other top finishers for… Read more »