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Port Football Team, Community Honors Tyler Buczek

The players and community showed their support for the family of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek, who died swimming in Lake Michigan on Sunday.

The freshmen football team took the field on Thursday for its first game since losing player, teammate and friend to Lake Michigan.

The players and community showed their support for the family of 15-year-old — who — by releasing balloons into the air as well as giving Buczek's mother, Kim, roses in his honor. The Varsity Dance Team also performed at half-time to support Buczek and his family.

Many in the crowd wore either green or blue as a way to honor Buczek, and buttons with a photograph of the teen were also passed out.

"Tyler was a great and influential person, friend and a great teammate," Chandler Fischer, a friend and fellow freshmen football team player, told Patch in an e-mail. "He always went slow and told the team what was happening and what we were going to do. He was a great friend and was always looking out for everyone else and was always caring others."

The team lost 42-0.

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