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.

UPDATE: Golf Course Road Closure Planned

(Editor’s Note: This article has been updated Friday morning as the dates have changed.)WEST OCEAN CITY — A busy section of Golf Course Road from Route 50 south will be closed overnight from 9 p.m., Monday July 8 to facilitate the installation of a drainage pipe across the corridor. The work will continue through the… Read more »

Sea Gulls To Host Ocean City Lax Camp

OCEAN CITY – The Salisbury University men’s lacrosse team and Coach Jim Berkman will host the Lax’n at the Beach boy’s lacrosse summer camp in Ocean City next week.The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will host the lacrosse summer camp led by Salisbury University men’s lacrosse head coach Jim Berkman and team members. The… Read more »

Marlin Club’s 37th Canyon Kick-Off Underway

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Marlin Club’s 37th Annual Canyon Kick-off tournament got underway today with the first of three official fishing days.With tuna practically jumping in the boat for most of the resort area’s sportfishing fleet for the last week or so, and billfish and dolphin turning up in good numbers offshore, there… Read more »

First Leg Of Tennis Grand Prix In The Books

First Leg Of Tennis Grand Prix In The Books

OCEAN CITY – The first leg of the Delmarva High School Tennis Grand Prix hosted by the Ocean City Tennis Center is in the books after a successful opener last weekend.Each summer, high school tennis players from all over the Eastern Shore compete in the Delmarva Grand Prix to qualify for the championships in August…. Read more »

OC Fast Breakers Win Tourney In OT

OC Fast Breakers Win Tourney In OT

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Fast Breakers, a team of local sixth-graders from in and around the resort area, won the championship in their division at the Battle of the Boardwalk at Northside Park last weekend.The Fast Breakers sixth-grade team, coached by NBS referee Scott Foster under the program directed by Paul Weisengoff, won… Read more »

Alleged Drunk Driver Hits Cop Car

Alleged Drunk Driver Hits Cop Car

BISHOPVILLE — A Bridgeville man faces multiple charges this week after running off the road and colliding with a Maryland State Police vehicle conducting an unrelated traffic stop on Route 113 near Bishopville.Around 8 a.m. last Friday, a Maryland State Police trooper pulled over a commercial dump truck on Route 113 just south of Bishopville… Read more »

White Marlin Open Adds New Categories

OCEAN CITY – Always finding ways to improve the tournament, the White Marlin Open is adding a few new wrinkles for the 2019 event set for the first week in August.The White Marlin Open will be held in Ocean City from August 5 through August 9 and the payout this year is expected to reach… Read more »