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Heather Goehner (Sieler) - Inducted 2021

In 1998, Heather Sieler won the Howard Wood Dakota Relays girls special 800-meter run in 2:18.40 as an eighth grader. Later in the month she helped the Huron Tigers to runner-up honors at the state track & field meet with three gold medal performances. Her career track achievements include a dozen Eastern South Dakota Conference team titles and seven state meet gold medals for the top performances in all classes.

Sieler was a starter on Huron’s 1998 and 1999 state Class AA championship volleyball teams. She was twice named to all-state volleyball teams and was player of the year in 2002.

In basketball, her favorite sport, she was first team all-state, an Argus Leader First Five choice, and a Miss Basketball finalist her senior year. She overcame a torn ACL her junior year to receive the South Dakota Female Athlete Iron Will Award and was the 2002 state high school girls’ athlete of the year.

Sieler was a four-year starting point guard for SDSU, leading the team in steals and assists three years. She helped the Jacks to the 2003 NCAA Division II national title and earned a berth on the Elite 8 All-Tournament Team. North Central Conference recognition included freshman of the year in 2003 and defensive player of the year in 2004. She helped guide SDSU to conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Her senior year, after SDSU had transitioned to Division I, she was named Independent Defensive Player of the Year and was a second team pick All-Independent League.

Sieler’s career marks at SDSU include second in steals and sixth in assists. She remains the record-holder for consecutive made free throws. She was named to the Academic All-Division I Independent Team in 2006 and earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

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