Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012:


Alex Illikainen
Sport – Basketball
Class – Sophomore
High School – Grand Rapids

The 6-foot-9 sophomore team captain had a very strong opening week of the season as the Thunderhawks went 2-1 in their first three games. Illikainen had 30 points and 19 rebounds in a season-opening win over Cloquet; 39 points and 27 rebounds in an overtime loss to St. Cloud Cathedral; and 24 points and 10 boards in a win over East Grand Forks. He is on track to reach 1,000 career points this week and he is only a sophomore. Illikainen, who was named to the Class 3A all-tournament team at last year’s state tournament, has received scholarship offers from a long list of colleges, including Minnesota, Nebraska, Creighton, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Oregon.

Congratulations to Alex Illikainen for being this weeks Old Dutch High School Athlete of the week.








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