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.

On Weather, Oceans Calling Festival Says ‘Won’t Make Any Calls Until The Day Of Each Day’

On Weather, Oceans Calling Festival Says ‘Won’t Make Any Calls Until The Day Of Each Day’

OCEAN CITY — Despite potential inclement weather on at least two days of the inaugural Oceans Calling three-music festival slated for this weekend, organizers said this week the event is rain or shine and any decisions will be made based on conditions on each day of the event.The inaugural Oceans Calling three-day music festival featuring… Read more »

Worcester Boys Rout Salisbury Christian

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team cruised past host Salisbury Christian, 6-0, on Monday to improve to 3-0-1 on the season.The Mallards opened the season last week with an 8-1 win over Salisbury School, followed by a 1-1 tie with Gunston. Late last week, the Worcester boys beat Delmarva Christian on the road, 4-1.On… Read more »

Assault, Abuse Charges For Uptown Incident

OCEAN CITY – A West Virginia man was arrested on first-degree assault and child abuse charges last weekend after allegedly choking and hitting his daughter outside an uptown hotel in front of witnesses to the point she became unconscious.Around 7:50 p.m. last Saturday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to an uptown hotel for… Read more »

Seahawks Suffer First Loss to Kent Island

Seahawks Suffer First Loss to Kent Island

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team suffered its first loss on the young season last week, falling to Kent Island, 31-14, on the road.Decatur played the Buccaneers close for a while and trailed just 7-6 at the end of the first quarter, but Kent Island scored 22 unanswered points and took a 28-6 lead into… Read more »

Beauty Spot Award Winners Lauded

Beauty Spot Award Winners Lauded

OCEAN CITY – The Mayor and Council on Monday doled out the Beautification Committee’s annual Beauty Spot awards to various deserving residents and property owners.Each year, the Ocean City Beautification Committee sponsors the awards to recognize the efforts of property owners who contribute to the town’s aesthetics through the exceptional maintenance of their homes, condos… Read more »

Worcester Prep Golf Team Wins 3rd Straight

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity golf team won a quad meet last week at Prospect Bay for their third straight match win.The Mallards shot a low 154 as a team to beat three other Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference schools in the match. Vanesska Hall was the medalist for Worcester with a low 36, while Mike… Read more »