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 Fall To Wicomico, 18-8

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team dropped a tough one last weekend, falling to Wicomico, 18-8, on the road in the second game of the season for both teams.Decatur swarmed Arcadia in the season opener two weeks ago, 50-28, and was feeling confident heading into its Bayside South conference opener on the road at Wicomico… Read more »

Seahawks Fall to Easton, Drop To 0-2

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity soccer team lost a close one to Easton this week, falling to the Warriors, 4-3, on the road on Tuesday to fall to 0-2 on the season.The Seahawks opened their season at home last week with a 3-1 loss to Queen Anne’s and faced another Bayside North opponent Easton at… Read more »

Bennett Golfers Edge Decatur In Opener

BERLIN- Continuing a season-long feud from last year, Bennett’s varsity golf team edged Decatur in the opening match of this season at the Ocean City Golf Club on Tuesday.Last year, Decatur and Bennett went back and forth all season with neither team gaining a significant advantage over the other in the standings. The same scenario… Read more »

State Surfing Championships Moved To October

OCEAN CITY- The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District Maryland State Championships scheduled for last weekend were postponed because of a lingering nor-easter off the coast and have been rescheduled for October 13.The state championships were set for last Saturday on the beach at 35th Street, but heavy surf, rain and high winds forced the… Read more »

Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener

Mallards Snuff Dragons In Season Opener

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team got off to a fast start this week, beating Salisbury School, 4-0, at home to open the season with an 1-0 mark.The first half ended in a scoreless tie as the two familiar rivals opened the season on Monday. Worcester’s Ryan Cronin broke the ice and got the… Read more »

More Route 50 Bridge Repairs Needed

More Route 50 Bridge Repairs Needed

OCEAN CITY — The potential threats associated with Hurricane Florence this week briefly halted a State Highway Administration (SHA) project to repair failing sections of concrete on the underside of the Route 50 Bridge, but the project is expected to resume next week.Earlier this week, SHA crews began repairing and replacing sections of failing concrete… Read more »

Golf Ball Water Tower Cost Gives Council Sticker Shock; Bids Reviewed For New 64th Street Tower Look

Golf Ball Water Tower Cost Gives Council Sticker Shock; Bids Reviewed For New 64th Street Tower Look

OCEAN CITY — It appears there won’t be an Eagle’s Landing golf ball design when the water tower at 64th Street is repainted after town officials this week reviewed bids for the paint job, but not before a fairly intense debate about the process in general.Earlier this year, a divided Mayor and Council nixed the… Read more »