Tyler Beach came into the 2016 season with high expectations for himself and his Port Washington football team.
Beach lived up to those expectations on both counts, anchoring a strong offensive line that paved the way for 1,000-yard rusher Matt Ruppel and protected quarterback Tanner Orten, allowing him to pass for nearly 1,000 yards.
In turn, that productive offense helped the Pirates post a 4-3 record in the North Shore Conference, including a big victory over Cedarburg, and qualify for the WIAA playoffs for the first year since 2008.
"I thought this season went well," Beach said. 'We made a huge difference in Port Washington football. I was happy that we gave coach (John Bunyan) a chance to coach a successful team this year."
For his role in Port's resurgence and for giving future teams a new standard to shoot for, Beach is part of the 2016 Now Newspapers All-Suburban football team.
"Tyler is the best offensive lineman I have ever coached," Bunyan said. "Tyler plays really physically and is mobile enough to get to the second level. He has tremendous footwork and pass protects very well with his large athletic frame and long arms. Tyler has been able to dominate games."
Beach was also first-team all-state after earning honorable-mention all-state last season. He was named the North Shore's offensive player of the year, certainly a notable honor for a lineman, and was first-team for the third straight season.
Beach has a clear approach to playing offensive line, a spot that is so critical to the success of a team.
"They always say, low man wins (the battle on the line), and that's true, but the key is to finish your block and pancake people," he said. "You actually end up using their momentum against them."
He began playing football in Colorado, where tackle football is played in kindergarten.
"I didn't start until third grade, and then we moved here when I was in sixth grade, and I played with the Port Rebels, our youth program," he said. "In high school, I started on the freshman team and was on varsity the last three years."
Beach will play college football at the University of Wisconsin, having received a full scholarship.
He feels he will fit right in with the Badgers' tradition of strong offensive line play.
"That is such a special place," he said of Madison. "There are such great coaches. They had tons of injuries this season and were still able to do well."
He plans to major in physics, astronomy or business management.
Beach helped put Port Washington football back on the map and hopes he can play a role in keeping Wisconsin near the top of the Big Ten Conference.