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 Sweep Two, Remain Unbeaten

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team swept two matches last week to remain unbeaten in conference dual meets thus far this season.The Seahawks beat North Dorchester, 75-6, on the road last Wednesday, followed by a home win against Kent Island last Friday. With the pair of wins, Decatur remained unbeaten with a perfect 7-0 mark… Read more »

Seahawks Solid In Bayside Championships

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances in the Bayside Conference Championship meet at the Worcester County Recreation Complex in Snow Hill last week with several outstanding individual performances.The Decatur girls finished eighth overall as a team with 25 points. Kent Island was first with 115, North Caroline was second with… Read more »

Hot Tar Civil Suit Settled

OCEAN CITY- Although the terms have not been disclosed, a civil suit filed by a resort-area resident after burning his feet on a freshly-paved section of Coastal Highway was settled last week.According to complaint, on May 11, 2018 around 1 p.m., local resident Scott Berry was returning from the beach and crossing Coastal Highway from… Read more »

Hogan Vows New School Start Bill

OCEAN CITY- The debate over a mandated post-Labor Day start to the school year in Maryland began anew this week with Governor Larry Hogan announcing legislation to override a bill approved by state lawmakers last year.On Wednesday, Hogan announced he was introducing the Universal School Start Act of 2020, legislation aimed at codifying his executive… Read more »

Track Teams Solid In County Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity indoor track teams turned in solid performances in last week’s meet at the Worcester County Recreation Complex in Snow Hill including a handful of top finishes in some events.On the girls’ side, Mary Mergott finished third in the 800, while Caroline Gardner was seventh. Mergott also finished fifth in the 1,600…. Read more »

Resort To Try Out Solar Bus Shelters

OCEAN CITY — Resort transportation officials this month endorsed a pilot program to brighten some of the town’s darker municipal bus shelters with solar-powered lighting systems.Nearly all of the town’s bus shelters are provided by the Columbia Equipment Company, which has available a compatible solar-powered lighting system at a cost of just under $1,000 per… Read more »

Mallards Finish Strong Before Break

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity basketball team enjoyed a solid finish before the winter break, beating Salisbury Christian and Holly Grove last week before falling to Delmarva Christian on the road on Monday.Last Wednesday, the Mallards beat Salisbury Christian, 31-29, on the road in a tight, low-scoring game. Back in action at home last Friday,… Read more »

Worcester Girls Run Win Streak To Six

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team stayed on a major roll last week, sweeping three games to run its win streak to six games and improve to 12-3 on the season.Since dropping a pair of tough games in the Governor’s Challenge holiday tournament, the Mallards have won six in a row, including a 51-10… Read more »