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 Boys Drop Two in Governor’s Challenge

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team dropped two games during the Governor’s Challenge Holiday Tournament last week to fall to 3-5 overall on the season.The Seahawks entered the Governor’s Challenge on a mini-win streak, having beaten Crisfield and county rival Pocomoke heading into the holiday break. The Decatur boys ran into a couple of… Read more »

Seahawks Rout WiHi after Tournament Setbacks

BERLIN- After taking a couple of losses during the Governor’s Challenge Holiday Tournament last week, Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team rebounded this week with a big win over conference rival Wicomico.The Decatur girls lost to Poly from Baltimore in their Governor’s Challenge opener. The Seahawks trailed 18-4 after one quarter and 33-14 at the… Read more »

Worcester’s Latest Property Assessments Increase 31%

Worcester’s Latest Property Assessments Increase 31%

BERLIN – State property value reassessments announced this week revealed significant increases across Maryland but in Worcester County, the changes were even more pronounced.The State Department of Assessment and Taxation (SDAT) this week announced the results of the triennial reassessment of residential and commercial properties across Maryland and the news was generally good, depending on… Read more »