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.

Worcester’s McGovern Named to Elite Team

Worcester’s McGovern Named to Elite Team

BERLIN- Worcester Prep sophomore Ben McGovern last month was named All-Conference Second Team for the Mid-Atlantic region of the Elite Clubs National Soccer League (ECNL).McGovern has played for the regional team Maryland United for three years, while also playing for Worcester Prep during the fall season. He travels two hours to practice and games at… Read more »

‘Learning Curve’ Realized With OC Fireworks Displays; Northside Park Pier Providing Issues With Vendors

‘Learning Curve’ Realized With OC Fireworks Displays; Northside Park Pier Providing Issues With Vendors

OCEAN CITY — With no fireworks shows on the Fourth of July this past summer for the third year in a row, resort officials this week grappled with changing the criteria for producing the displays.This summer, the Fourth of July fireworks shows were moved within days of the holiday to July 5 because the contracted… Read more »

Resort Prepared For Pop-Up Rally if It Returns; OC Police Chief Says ‘We Never Want To Let Our Guard Down’

Resort Prepared For Pop-Up Rally if It Returns; OC Police Chief Says ‘We Never Want To Let Our Guard Down’

OCEAN CITY — It remains to be seen if the annual September pop-up motorized event materializes next weekend, but resort officials are prepared nonetheless.For several years, a motorized special event formerly known as H2Oi popped up each late September in the resort, often with disturbing results. While the formal H2Oi even has long since moved… Read more »

Mini Golf Relocation Approved

OCEAN CITY— Resort officials last week approved a conditional use allowing for the relocation of a downtown miniature golf course one block to the north.The Mayor and Council had before them last Tuesday a request for a conditional use that will allow Nick’s Golf mini-golf course at 18th Street to move one block north after… Read more »

Seahawks Cruise Past Clippers in Opener

Seahawks Cruise Past Clippers in Opener

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity football team kicked off its 2022 campaign with a resounding 43-13 win over Bayside South rival Bennett last Friday.The Seahawks opened against the Clippers in a rare 1 p.m. game on the road in Salisbury last Friday. Decatur led 15-6 and 29-6 at the half and never looked back. The Seahawks… Read more »

Serious Assault Charge In Domestic Dispute

OCEAN CITY — A Pennsylvania man was arrested for first-degree assault this week after allegedly trying to drown a female in a bathtub.Around 3 a.m. on Monday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers responded to a reported domestic assault at a motel on 30th Street. Officers arrived on the scene and knocked on the door… Read more »

Rift Appears To Grow Between Planners, Council

OCEAN CITY – The upcoming joint meeting between the Mayor and Council and the Ocean City Planning Commission apparently can’t come soon enough as the rift between the two bodies on certain issues appears to be widening.For the last several months, the planning commission has been reviewing and holding requisite public hearings on maybe a… Read more »

44th Challenge Cup Tourney Underway

OCEAN CITY- The 44th Annual Charles Kratz and Scott Smith Challenge Cup is underway, pitting boats and teams of anglers from the Ocean City Marlin Club against their rivals from Cape May.The Challenge Cup, which pits teams of boats from the Ocean City Marlin Club against teams of boats from the Cape May Marlin and… Read more »