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.

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 »

Enhanced Special Event Bill Includes Exhibition Driving

Enhanced Special Event Bill Includes Exhibition Driving

OCEAN CITY — As expected, a bill aimed at strengthening the resort’s motorized special event zone legislation was introduced this week in the General Assembly, including, for the first time, certain offenses for which suspects can be arrested.State Senator Mary Beth Carozza this week introduced Senate Bill 878, which includes under exhibition driving operating a… Read more »

Decatur Wrestlers Stay On Major Roll

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team swept Easton and Snow Hill in a dual meet last week to remain unbeaten on the season.With the sweep, the Seahawks improved to 12-0 on the season. Decatur beat Easton, 76-6, and Snow Hill, 78-6, on the same night last Wednesday.Against Easton, Austin Miller beat Jonathan Bolainez at 106,… Read more »

Seahawks Rout Indian River, 73-36

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team fell to county rival Pocomoke last week, but rebounded on Tuesday with a win over Delaware’s Indian River.The Seahawks fell to Pocomoke, 71-45, at home last Friday on the day when the school recognized its 1970 Maryland state championship team. The loss to Pocomoke was the second in… Read more »

Seahawks Sweep Two, Run Streak To Four

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team swept two games this week in impressive fashion to run its current win streak to four games.The Seahawks beat Pocomoke, 71-27, on the road last Friday, the second of three straight road wins. Decatur got balanced scoring from up and down the roster led by 17 points from… Read more »

Decatur Swimmers Solid In Baysides

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams turned in solid performances last weekend at the Bayside Conference Championships in Cambridge including a handful of individual titles.The Decatur boys finished second overall as a team in the conference championships at the Dorchester County YMCA last weekend with 357 points. Easton was first with 369 points, while Kent… Read more »