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.

63rd Labor Day Tournament Set For Next Week

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Marlin Club’s annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament returns next weekend for the 63rd time as the “granddaddy” of resort area fishing tournaments.While it may lack the glamour and high payouts of the White Marlin Open, the Ocean City Marlin Club’s 60th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament trumps all… Read more »

Winning White Marlin Worth $1M For Local Fishing Team; Salisbury Restaurant Owner Reels In Beauty

Winning White Marlin Worth $1M For Local Fishing Team; Salisbury Restaurant Owner Reels In Beauty

OCEAN CITY — There was no shortage of amazing stories in the 30th MidAtlantic Tournament last week, including a new state-record blue marlin, but the story of the winning first-place 82-pound white marlin caught by a local angler and crew was no less interesting.The MidAtlantic, which played out in Ocean City and Cape May, N.J…. Read more »

Two Suspects Held After Stabbing, Striking Moped In OC With Vehicle

Two Suspects Held After Stabbing, Striking Moped In OC With Vehicle

OCEAN CITY — Two suspects were arrested on first-degree assault and other charges last week after a bizarre confrontation with a group on mopeds ended with an alleged stabbing.Around 6:50 p.m. last Thursday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to Ocean City Fire Department’s headquarters at 15th Street for a reported stabbing. Upon arrival,… Read more »

Local Boats Leading Mid-Atlantic Early

OCEAN CITY- Two days into the 30th annual Mid-Atlantic Tournament, the leaderboard had a decidedly Ocean City look with local boats sitting on top in several categories, but there was still much more fishing to be done.Before the first lines were dropped in the Mid-Atlantic on Monday, the tournament was already setting records. A record… Read more »

Ocean City Lacrosse Classic In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City Lacrosse Classic held last weekend was once again a huge success with over 100 teams and thousands of the top players in the country competing for four days culminating with championship games on Sunday.The action started last Thursday at venues in Ocean City and in northern Worcester County. Games were… Read more »

Big Stick Crew Wins Poor Girl’s Open

Big Stick Crew Wins Poor Girl’s Open

OCEAN CITY- The 27th Poor Girl’s Open last weekend was once again a big success with plenty of fish caught over the three-day event and, most importantly, another big donation to the American Cancer Society.Sandwiched between the high dollar, high profile White Marlin Open and the Mid-Atlantic Tournament, the Poor Girl’s Open gives the resort… Read more »

Few Details Provided, But Major Music Festival Eyes Resort

OCEAN CITY — A major music festival could be coming to Ocean City in September 2022 after resort officials this week gave conceptual approval to a significant promoter for the proposed event.During Monday’s Mayor and Council meeting, Tourism and Business Development Director Tom Perlozzo presented conceptual plans for a significant music festival in Ocean City… Read more »