Illikainen Leads Rapids to Sixth Straight Tourney

By KBJR News 1

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Grand Rapids sophomore Alex Illikainen finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds on Friday night to lead his Thunderhawks to a 64-58 win over Cloquet in the Section 7AAA championship at Duluth Denfeld High School in Duluth, Minn.

This marks the sixth straight trip for Grand Rapids to the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Class AAA tournament, with the Thunderhawks' best finish in that span being second in 2010.

Justin Gill came up with 19 points in the winning effort, and A.J. Watland added 15 for Grand Rapids in the championship game.

Seeding for the Class AAA tournament will happen on Saturday, with the Thunderhawks' quarterfinal game coming sometime on March 20 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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