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.

Two Million-Dollar Fish Win White Marlin Open’s Top Prizes; Tuna Division Settled On Final Day

Two Million-Dollar Fish Win White Marlin Open’s Top Prizes; Tuna Division Settled On Final Day

OCEAN CITY — A Virginia Beach woman’s 94-pound white marlin held on for first place and $1.18 million in the 42nd White Marlin Open, but a qualifying white weighed on the tournament’s last day stole a little of her thunder.After two days of no qualifying white marlin weighed at the scale at host Harbour Island,… Read more »

Busy Night For Ocean City Police

Busy Night For Ocean City Police

Man Arrested After Driving On BoardwalkOCEAN CITY — A Virginia man was arrested early Thursday morning after leading police on a motor vehicle chase that began on the south end of the Boardwalk and ended at 9th Street.Around 3:11 a.m. on Thursday, an OCPD officer on bicycle patrol observed a vehicle driving north on the… Read more »

Everything Will Probably Change, But Here’s How White Marlin Open Stands After Three Days

Everything Will Probably Change, But Here’s How White Marlin Open Stands After Three Days

OCEAN CITY — After a somewhat stormy first three days of the 2015 White Marlin Open, lightning struck on Wednesday when angler Cheryl McLeskey on the “Backlash,” out of Virginia Beach, raised a whopping 94-pound white marlin that as of Thursday morning could be worth $1.1 million.McLeskey and the “Backlash” crew stunned the big crowd… Read more »