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.

First Leg Of St. Patrick’s Tourney In The Books

First Leg Of St. Patrick’s Tourney In The Books

OCEAN CITY- The first leg of the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournament is in the books after a full slate of action last weekend with a full slate of action culminating in championships in three divisions.For over three decades, the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department hosted the annual St…. Read more »

Seahawks Fall to Clippers In Semifinals

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team fell to Bayside South rival Bennett on Monday in the state 3A-South regional semifinals, but the loss did little to tarnish what was a strong season for the Seahawks.The Seahawks were strong all year, compiling a 15-7 regular season mark. Decatur enjoyed a 6-1 stretch through the middle… Read more »

Decatur Boys Bow Out In Regionals

BERLIN- Despite a valiant late comeback attempt, Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team fell to Kent Island, 69-44, on the road in the state 3A-South regional semifinals on Tuesday.The Seahawks drew the number-three seed in the state 3A-South bracket and faced sixth-seeded Chesapeake of Anne Arundel at home last Friday. Decatur led the contest throughout… Read more »

Passionate Support In Annapolis For Enhanced Special Event Bill

Passionate Support In Annapolis For Enhanced Special Event Bill

OCEAN CITY — A bill strengthening the resort’s motorized special event zone legislation, including, for the first time, certain offenses for which violators could be arrested, had a spirited hearing in a Senate committee this week.After yet another troublesome unsanctioned motorized special event last September, resort officials promised everything was on the table in terms… Read more »

Seahawks Dominate Bayside Championships

Seahawks Dominate Bayside Championships

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team continued its domination last weekend in the Bayside Conference championships, finishing first in team points by a wide margin and sending 10 wrestlers into the finals, winning five.Fresh off capturing their second straight state championship, the Seahawks competed in the Bayside Conference championship meet and cruised to the team… Read more »

Seahawks Enter Regionals At Three-Seed

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity team earned the number-three seed in the state 3A-South Region II tournament when the brackets were released this week.The Decatur girls enter the state playoffs at the number-three seed and will face six-seeded Northeast in the first round of the 3A-South Region II bracket. The Seahawks limped to the finish… Read more »

Worcester Girls Fall In ESIAC Final

BERLIN- Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team fell to Delmarva Christian, 67-46, in the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship game last Friday.The Mallards edged Salisbury Christian, 58-56, last Wednesday in the ESIAC semifinals to earn a rematch with Delmarva Christian in the conference championship on the road. During a season in which the… Read more »