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.

Beach Hot Dog Contest Approved As Qualifier

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City will host a qualifying event this June for a world-renowned hot dog eating contest on the beach after resort officials approved the special event this week.During last week’s Recreation and Parks Committee meeting, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs Ocean City Boardwalk franchisee Russell Laurenzano told committee members he was in discussion… Read more »

Significant Inlet Dredging Work Scheduled

OCEAN CITY — The Army Corps of Engineers hopper dredge Currituck is expected to arrive in Ocean City next week for a scheduled routine dredging project around the Inlet.Three or four times a year, the Army Corps of Engineers-Baltimore District sends the Currituck, or its sister ship Murden, to Ocean City to conduct routine dredging… Read more »

Evidentiary Hearings Granted On Wind Turbine Height

OCEAN CITY — Following a five-hour-plus public hearing on the issue last month, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) late last week issued a pair of orders granting evidentiary hearings strictly limited to the potential turbine size of two offshore wind energy projects.In 2017, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) approved two offshore wind energy… Read more »

Decatur Wrestlers Repeat As State Champs

Decatur Wrestlers Repeat As State Champs

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s unbeaten varsity wrestling team steamrolled through two dual matches last weekend to capture an unprecedented state Class 2A championship for the second straight year.The Seahawks have been dominant all year on their way to a perfect regular season. Along the way, they also captured championships in the prestigious Rough Rider and Iron… Read more »

Worcester Girls Advance, Boys Bow Out

BERLIN- Worcester Prep girls’ varsity basketball team held on in a thriller to advance to the Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) tournament on Wednesday while the Worcester boys bout out in their semifinal.The Worcester girls battled back and forth all afternoon in their ESIAC semifinal at home on Wednesday. The lead changed hands multiple… Read more »

Seahawks Soar In Regionals, Prep For States

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity swim teams turned in great performances in the state 3A-2A-1A East Regional meet last weekend including a handful of individual regional championships.The Decatur boys finished second as a team in the regional meet with 319, not far behind first-place finisher Easton, which finished with 364 team points. Kent County was third… Read more »

Decatur Girls Fall to Bennett, Easton

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team dropped a pair of games this week to fall to 13-6 on the season.The Seahawks fell to Bennett, 62-43, last Thursday, ending a stretch during which they won six out of seven contests. Back in action on Tuesday, the Decatur girls fell to Easton, 57-28, on the road…. Read more »

Haueisen Reaches 1,000th Milestone

Haueisen Reaches 1,000th Milestone

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team split two games this week, but the big news is Seahawk Drew Haueisen collected his milestone 1,000th career point.The Seahawks beat Bennett, 73-66, last Friday at home as Haueisen collected his 1,000th career point. Haueisen entered the contest needing just two points to reach the milestone and made… Read more »