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.

Ocean City Voters To Decide Referendum; Council, Union Disagree On Arbitration’s Impact

Ocean City Voters To Decide Referendum; Council, Union Disagree On Arbitration’s Impact

OCEAN CITY — With the clock ticking on next Tuesday’s municipal election, both sides in the binding interest arbitration charter amendment the town’s firefighter-paramedic union continue trying to persuade voters.Included on the ballot they will find a referendum question which, if approved, would allow for binding interest arbitration for the Career Firefighter Paramedics Association of… Read more »

Election Preview: Five Candidates Vying For Three Open OC Council Seats

Election Preview: Five Candidates Vying For Three Open OC Council Seats

OCEAN CITY — There will be at least one new face on the Ocean City Council after Tuesday’s municipal election with five candidates vying for three open seats.Current City Council President Lloyd Martin and incumbent Councilman Matt James are on the ballot, as are challengers Emily Nock, Mark Paddack and Chris Rudolf. Councilman Wayne Hartman… Read more »

Decatur, Bennett Could Meet In States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity soccer team lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Bennett on the road last week with the Bayside South title on the line, but the Seahawks could get another shot at the Clippers in the state tournament.The Seahawks faced Bennett on the road last week and hanging in the balance was the… Read more »

Local Legend To Restore Berlin Basketball

Local Legend To Restore Berlin Basketball

BERLIN- Local basketball legend and former NBA player Talvin Skinner was back in the area last week for a charity golf tournament at his alma mater, UMES, and talked of restoring the game for a new generation of kids in the Berlin area.Skinner grew up playing pick-up basketball in the Berlin area with many players… Read more »

Mallards Close Out Regular Season With 10-1 Win

Mallards Close Out Regular Season With 10-1 Win

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s boys’ varsity soccer team closed out the regular season in impressive fashion this week, routing visiting Delmarva Christian, 10-1, on Monday.The Mallards won five of their last six regular season games to finish with a 10-2-2 record heading into the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) playoffs. Their only non-win during the… Read more »

Mallards Complete Unblemished Season

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity soccer team beat old rival Saints Peter and Paul, 4-0, last Friday to close out the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record including nine shutouts.The Mallards were perfect during the regular season, running the table with nine wins and did not give up a single goal. Worcester outscored its… Read more »

Mallards Blank Royals, 6-0, In Finale

Mallards Blank Royals, 6-0, In Finale

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s varsity field hockey team blanked visiting Delmarva Christian, 6-0, on Monday to close out the regular season with an 11-5 record.The Mallards jumped all over the Royals in the first half with five goals and led 5-0 at the intermission. Dana Anderson scored twice in the decisive first half and Worcester got… Read more »