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10th Annual Kickin' It For Cancer Kickball Tournament

By Jenna Murphy

On May 17, 2024, the New Melle Queen candidates hosted the 10th Annual Kickin' It For Cancer Kickball Tournament at New Melle Sports and Rec. Twelve teams participated, and the winning team was Balls Deeper, with team captain Danielle Elrod.

Six out of seven New Melle Queen candidates helped host the night of the event - Bailey Burbes (Porky Joerling Trucking), Bella Cruz (Aiello Homes), Bridget Goins (New Melle Professional Firefighters), Jenna Smith (The Red Beauty Salon), Trista Smith (Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique), and Katie Thwing (Aisling Med Spa.)

Special thanks to the 23 sponsors (see the list below), Wes Stefanko for stepping in to help coordinate bracket play and determine which of the twelve teams advanced in the tournament, and NMSR concessions for providing food and beverages to the players and community members who came to support the event.

The lantern release took place at sunset in the outfield of Field 1, followed by a community prayer led by Trista Smith (Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique).

Many spectators were in attendance to support the kickball tournament and the open-play Pickleball event "Pickleball for PK." Proceeds went directly to PK's Prayers Foundation, which is devoted to supporting the pediatric cancer community from diagnosis to treatment and survivorship.

The 50/50 raffle raised $316, which the raffle winner (Courtney Busken) generously donated back. This amount will be added to the total donation to Friends of Kids with Cancer, bringing the total to $3,500 in memory of Trevor Joerling.

Extra tournament shirts are still available. If you are interested email Jenna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Winning team, Balls Deeper. 

Lantern release. 


2024 Kickin It For Cancer Kickball Tournament Sponsors 
B & S Repair and Automotive Services
Laure Properties, LLC.
MBC Concrete
Sorenson Kennels
Wildschuetz Brothers Trucking
Defiance Ridge Vineyard
Blondin Professional Real Estate
King Tree Care
Tuepker Bros. Construction
Boone Country Connection
Randy Paul Construction
AIE Fire Protection Services
GW Contracting
The Red Beauty Salon
Aisling Med Spa
Aspirational Solutions
DB2 Regenerative Wellness Clinic
Grace Hauling
Not Jaded Boutique
Overstock Outlet
Ages & Stages
Tharp Contracting