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 Fall To Clippers In Section Final

Seahawks Fall To Clippers In Section Final

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team battle back twice from big early deficits against old rival Bennett in the 3A-East sectional final on Tuesday but ultimately fell to the Clippers, 8-6.The Seahawks were the top seed in the 3A-East Section II bracket and faced four-seed Northeast last Friday in the playoff opener. The game was… Read more »

Mallards Fall Short In MILL Title Game

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity lacrosse team lost a tough one to Calverton, 8-7, in the Maryland Independent Lacrosse League (MILL) championship game last weekend despite a valiant comeback attempt.The Mallards faced Calverton in the MILL championship game at Washington College in Chestertown last Friday. Worcester competes in both the MILL and the Eastern Shore… Read more »

Decatur Boys Bow Out Of State Playoffs

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity team’s season came to an end with an 11-10 loss to Chesapeake in the state 3A-East Region sectional last Friday, but the loss did little to tarnish what was a remarkable season for the Seahawks.Decatur faced Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County last Friday in its opener in the 3A-East Section… Read more »

Drummond, Rayne Collect Bayside Titles

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity track teams turned in a solid performance in the Bayside Conference championship meet last weekend including a couple of conference championships.London Drummond finished first in the high jump with a 6’2” jump. Drummond also finished 10th in the triple jump. Daletez Smith finished seventh in the discus and fourth in the… Read more »

Weekly Downtown Fireworks Displays Questioned

OCEAN CITY — Resort tourism officials this week waffled somewhat on the idea of weekly fireworks in the future, instead agreeing to explore other special events that will enhance the summer visitor experience.During Monday’s meeting, the Ocean City Tourism Commission continued its piecemeal section-by-section review of the town’s tourism strategic plan with a focus on… Read more »

First Delmarva ESA Contest In The Books

OCEAN CITY-The Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Delmarva District held its first contest of the 2019 summer-long tournament series last weekend with decent conditions for the opener.In the boys’ under-12 competition, Gavin Bren finished first, Nate Winklbauer was second, Seamus Orth was third an Riley Dietterick was fourth. Bren also finished first in the boys’ under-14… Read more »

Mallards Claim 7th Straight ESIAC Title

Mallards Claim 7th Straight ESIAC Title

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity lacrosse team won its seventh straight Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship last week, beating old rival Saints Peter and Paul, 18-5, in the title game.The Mallards and Sabres have now met in the ESIAC championship game 12 years in a row, with Worcester winning the last seven. In… Read more »