HHS 2021 Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet set Saturday


HURON — The Huron High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday at Huron Arena.

Slated to inducted are Duane Haugen, Dustin Walraven, Stacy (Rotert) Charron, the late Dan Thelen (coach), Jeff Duffy (contributer) and the 1998 Huron volleyball team.

Tickets for the ceremony, which include a meal, are $18 and are available at the Activities Office in Huron Arena.

Here is a look at the inductees:  

Duane Haugen
Duane Haugen, a 1978 Huron High School graduate, is one of South Dakota’s greatest high school and collegiate track and field sprinters in history.

While at Huron High School, Duane led the Tigers to their first of three straight ESD Track and Field Championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978. During his Tiger career, Duane led the Tigers to a runner-up finish at the State AA Track and Field Meet and two 3rd place finishes. Duane was undefeated in the 100 meter dash during his high school career and undefeated in the 200 meter dash during his junior and senior track seasons.

He led the Tiger sprint relays to numerous ESD Championships and State relay titles. He was voted the 1978 Track and Field Athlete of the Year for South Dakota. Duane also lettered three times in basketball at HHS.

Duane attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and set sprint records while there. He still holds their school record in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.2. Duane was inducted in the South Dakota School of Mines Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. Duane had the fastest time in the 100 meter dash of any college sprinter (10.2) in the United States in 1980 and qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200. He was set to represent the United States in the 100 meter dash but the United States boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The winner of the Olympic 100 meter dash in 1980 ran slower than Duane had been running.

Unable to race in the Olympics, he sought new competition, transferring to Texas Tech University and was their fastest sprinter in 1982. Duane graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech in 1983.

Duane was Technical Director for the company ADM in Mexico from 1993-2001 living in Guadalajara, Mexico. He transferred to Clinton, Iowa in 2001 and worked for ADM until 2019 when he retired. Duane spent his working career designing and building grain processing plants all over the world.

Duane has been married to his wife Debra for 43 years. They have three children Amber (36), Adam (33), and Ashley (30). Duane and Debra have three grandchildren Elara (4), Kinzlee (4), and Lydia (1). Duane’s mother, Rebecca Oster (Gogolin) still lives in Huron.

Dustin Walraven
Dustin Walraven, a 2008 Huron High School graduate, is widely considered to be one of Huron High School’s greatest all-around athletes. He was a three sport athlete that lettered 13 times in wrestling, football, and track and field.

Dustin certainly made his mark as one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of Huron High School and in South Dakota wrestling history. He was a six time place winner at the State A Wrestling Tournament, winning championships four times. He was named as the Outstanding Wrestler for South Dakota in 2008. Dustin was a two time All-American in wrestling and undefeated his senior wrestling season. He was captain of the Huron High School wrestling team and awarded many leadership awards during his high school wrestling career. His Tiger wrestling career record was 198-18. Dustin still holds HHS records in nearfalls, takedowns, escapes, pins, winning percentage, quickest pins, scoring most team points, consecutive wins (63), consecutive pins (10), winning 30 or more wins in four seasons, and getting 20 pins in four separate seasons.

Dustin was voted the most inspirational football player and the outstanding special teams player by his football coaches and teammates. He was also selected captain of the HHS football team his senior year.

Dustin qualified for the State AA Track and Field meet four times in the pole vault and was selected as Huron’s outstanding jumper his junior and senior years.

Dustin capped off his HHS career by being named the Dale Westberg Memorial Award winner and Huron High School’s All-Around Male Athlete.

Dustin took his wrestling skills to South Dakota State University where he was a four time letter winner for the Jack Rabbits and had 82 career wins while at SDSU.

Dustin and his wife, Anna, live in Watertown, SD where he works for the Hillyard Company. They have two children (Leo age 8, Lily age 5) and are expecting their third child at the end of September.

Stacy (Rotert) Charron
Stacy (Rotert) Charron, a 1999 Huron High School graduate, was an outstanding three sport letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and golf for the Huron Tigers during her career. She was Academic All-State in all three of her high school sports.

Stacy was one of the greatest volleyball players in South Dakota history as she led the Tigers to two straight AA State Volleyball Championships in 1998 and 1999 and a third place finish in 1997. She was All-ESD Conference and All-State player twice during her Tiger career. She received the Sportsmax Volleyball Player of the Year for South Dakota her senior year. Stacy was named to the State AA All-Tournament team in 1998 and 1999. She was selected to play in the South Dakota All-Star volleyball game. She was a Volleyball/Basketball/Golf Academic All-State honoree as well. She set many Huron High School and National High School records in assists for a season and for a career. The National Federation of High School Sports described Stacy as “One of the All-Time top playmakers in high school volleyball nationwide!”

Stacy received many awards for her excellence in athletics and academics. She received the KOKK/Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship, Dale Westberg Memorial Award, Most Inspirational Athlete, Regents Scholar Award, President’s Award for Educational Excellence, National Honor Society, and graduated with Highest Honors.

Stacy took her volleyball talents to Northern State University where she was a Scholar-Athlete Award winner two times. She was an Academic All-Northern Sun Conference selection three times.

Stacy began her teaching and coaching career at Aberdeen Central High School and was Assistant Volleyball Coach for the Golden Eagles. The South Dakota High School Coaches Association voted her the South Dakota Assistant Coach of the Year twice.

Stacy participated in golf while at HHS. She received the Most Improved Golfer Award and the Most Valuable Golfer Award as a senior. Stacy also played basketball for the Tigers and received the Most Improved Award, Leadership Award, and the Most Inspirational Award during her Tiger basketball career.

Stacy is presently the Principal of St. Katharine Drexel Elementary School in Sioux Falls, SD. Her husband, Wade Charron, is currently the Principal of O’Gorman Junior High. They have three children, Spencer age 14, Tanner age 11, and Brynnley age 8.

Dan Thelen
Dan Thelen graduated from Pierre High School and Dakota State College. He began his teaching and coaching career at Montrose, where he worked for 11 years. He coached football, where his teams won the 9AA titles in 1983 and 1984 and were runners-up in 1985. His track and field teams broke all the school records except for two and the boys finished third at the state meet in 1985.

In 1988, Thelen took the head football position in Huron. His teams won the ESD titles in 1989 and 1991. They were 11AA state runner-up in 1991 and won the championship title in 1992. He was also the assistant track and field coach in charge of the pole vault for the last 29 years of his career. His vaulters enjoyed great success, winning many ESD titles and some state titles. With the start of girls’ pole vault, he had eight different girls make the top 10 list in the state. Many of his vaulters went on to vault at the college level with some winning national titles in their respective divisions.

Thelen has won numerous coaching honors in football and track and field. He was a finalist for Football Coach of the Year six times, winning the honor in 1984. He was inducted into the South Dakota Football Coaches Association and served a term on the SDHSCA Board. He officiated volleyball for 28 years, basketball for 20 years and both baseball and softball for over 30 years.

Thelen was married to his wife, Linda, for 29 years. They have four sons — Mark, Mike, Matt and Shaun. They have 12 grandchildren and one grandangel. Thelen passed away on Sept. 24, 2017.

Jeff Duffy
Jeff Duffy, better known all over South Dakota as the Voice of the Huron Tigers, graduated from Oldham High School in 1980. He has been the most welcomed voice to Huron and the surrounding area listeners since he graduated from the Brown Institute School of Broadcasting in Minneapolis in 1983. Jeff is being inducted into the Huron High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his great contribution to Huron athletics.

Jeff started at KOKK Radio Station on November 28, 1983. KOKK at that time was on 1190AM and a daytime only station. KOKK came on the air at sunrise and off at sunset. They could not broadcast at night.

In December 1988, the station moved to 1210AM & KOKK’s license changed to both day and night broadcasting. This allowed the station to begin broadcasting play by play of high school athletics for Huron and the surrounding schools. Tim Omodt (also a member of the Huron High School Hall of Fame) handled the Tiger games and Jeff broadcasted area schools from December 1988 until November 2001.

Jeff began broadcasting Huron Tiger games full time beginning December 2001 and continues to this day to be “the Voice of the Huron Tigers.”

Jeff has been voted the South Dakota Broadcaster of the Year two times (2007, 2014). He has been a finalist for this award five other times.

Jeff was inducted into the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine in 2013. He was selected as the South Dakota Wrestling Coaches Association Media of the Year in 1995 and 2012.

The Huron Tiger Roar presented Jeff with their annual Friend of Tiger Roar Award in 2016.

Jeff and his wife, Shari, will celebrate their 35th Anniversary in October. Their son, Jarren and daughter-in-law, Katelyn (Allerdings) are both former Huron Tiger athletes.

1998 Huron Volleyball Team
The 1998 Huron Tigers finished the regular season with a record 22-10, earning them a second seed at the State Tournament. After winning the first two matches at the State Tournament, the Tigers were beaten by Sioux Falls Washington in the semi-finals.

In the consolation bracket, the Tigers had to face a tough Yankton Gazelles team, which Huron had never beaten in program history. After winning a hard-fought three-set match, the Tigers advanced to the championship to face Sioux Falls Washington once again.

In the double elimination tournament, to win the championship, the Tigers needed to beat them in two consecutive matches. Led by the lone senior, Christina Schilling, the Tigers won the first match 2-0: 15-7, 15-10, and went on to win the State AA Championship by beating the Warriors 2-1:  5-15, 15-10, 15-12. 

This team went into the Huron Tiger history book as the first ever to win a volleyball state championship.  Along with Schilling, Stacy Rotert, Stephanie Tschetter, Molly Veenhof, Heather Sieler, Rebecca Blue, Jessica Hummel, Sarita DeBoer, Ashley Hittle, Jessica Krull and Nicole Rieck were all starters on the squad with Christina Weber, Christen Beall, Esther Witte, Emma Miner, Amanda Eickhoff, and Darci Riedel rounding out an extremely talented and young squad. Sonya Radke and Dena Barton were the student managers. Assistant Coaches were Aaron Helvig, Britt Samson, and Kim Swisher. Shelly Buddenhagen was the Head Coach.

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