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.

Decatur Girls Go Quietly In States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’ girls’ varsity soccer team dropped out of the state playoffs on Monday, falling to Bayside South rival Bennett, 6-1, in the 3A-East sectional semifinals.The Seahawks had an up and down year, finishing 4-6 and never really being able to string wins together. Nevertheless, Decatur had a clean slate on Monday with the… Read more »

Decatur Boys Bow Out Of State Playoffs

Decatur Boys Bow Out Of State Playoffs

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity soccer team bowed out of the state 3A-East regional tournament this week, falling to visiting Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County, 2-0, on Tuesday.The Seahawks went 8-3-1 in the regular season and challenged rival Bennett right up until the end for the Bayside South title before losing to the Clippers in… Read more »

Mallards Fall In Conference Title Game

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity field hockey team fell to host Holly Grove in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) title game last Friday, but the loss did little to tarnish what was a remarkable season for the Mallards.Worcester entered the conference tournament with an 11-5 record, their last loss coming to Holly Grove back… Read more »

Raffle Ticket Leads To Horse Naming

BERLIN — A local resident got a rare opportunity last week to name an aging wild horse on Assateague, but there are ample chances upcoming to name the latest additions to the population of the island’s most famed residents.During Berlin’s Octoberfest celebration along Main Street last weekend, Sally Hawkins of Bishopville took a chance on… Read more »

Worcester Boys Claim 7th Straight Title

Worcester Boys Claim 7th Straight Title

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team blanked visiting Salisbury School, 2-0, last Friday to claim the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship.The Mallards rode a four-game winning streak six-game unbeaten streak in the ESIAC playoffs last week, their last loss coming way back on October 1. Against Gunston in the conference semifinals last… Read more »

Decatur Harriers Strong In Bayside Meet

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity cross country teams acquitted themselves well at the Bayside Championship meet in Cambridge last week with top five finishes in team scores and several top individual finishes.The Decatur girls finished third among the eight Bayside schools represented in the championship meet. Kailey Andrews was Decatur’s top finisher at eighth, while Mary… Read more »