Last month, seven teammates on the Chopticon football team and Braves Coach Andy Palko made fun of Jamie Byroads while at a football camp in Reading, Pa. -- because they knew that on the way home, they would be dropping him off at a different kind of camp.

"We asked some of the other kids, `Do you have any kids on your team also going to yearbook camp?'" Palko said. "And of course they didn't. And we were like, `Well, we do.'"

Byroads -- a returning all-conference selection at wide receiver -- joined the yearbook staff at Chopticon this past year because the adviser needed more male students.

"I just thought it wouldn't be a bad idea," said the junior, who learned layout and generated ideas for the 1999-2000 edition at the predominantly female yearbook camp. "At the end of the year everybody likes to look at the yearbook and I just figured if I could do something it would be fun."

Byroads produced the spreads for the football team, the entire sophomore class and the junior varsity lacrosse and basketball teams, all of which counted him among their members.

And what about getting made fun of by his football teammates?

"I'm not too worried about it," said Byroads, who had a team-high 450 receiving yards and six touchdowns last year. "I guess I just don't worry about what other people think as much as other people do."

Actually, when the van dropped Byroads off in Gettysburg that day, according to Palko, his teammates were eager to join him.

"When they saw how many girls were there," Palko said, "they thought yearbook camp was a pretty good thing."



"Everybody ... in Southern Maryland is kind of the underdog."