Community Interest

Kickball Tournament Raises Approx. $6000

On Friday, May 31, the 2019 New Melle Festival Queen Pageant candidates were successful in hosting a memorable kickball tournament in loving memory of Trevor Joerling for the fifth year in a row.

Totals are still in the works, as there are still some donations trickling in, including a generous company that has decided to match their employees’ donations. In all, the New Melle Festival Queen Pageant organization is on track to donate $6,000 in proceeds to the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization!

With weather on our side, we were able to play all scheduled games!  There were a total of 18 teams, including some tournament alumni - teams that have participated all five years - as well as some new faces! Two teams of employees from Mastercard joined us for their second year and we were happy to have them. We hosted a 50/50 raffle that raised over $300. The winner of the raffle was announced prior to the quarter-final games and all of the winning funds were generously donated back to the cause! During this announcement period, a moment of silence was held while a small group, including Todd, Brandee, and Darby Joerling, released lanterns into the night sky in the outfield of Field 1. 

Our championship game, played by "Free Ballers” and the “IncrediBalls" ended at 12:00 am and made the "Free Ballers" our tournament champions!

Our tournament could not have progressed through the evening so smoothly without the master bracket scheduler, John Hecei! John helped us place teams as they moved through their first games. A special thank you to Sharon, a Friends of Kids with Cancer representative that came out to the tournament to support the event. 


Additionally, we are immensely grateful for the long list of business sponsors. The community rockstars are as follows: . 

Willming Excavating & Construction 

American Electric and Data

Porky Joerling Trucking

Little Lamb Child Care and Learning Center

Re/Max Edge - Mark Prager

Bavarian Smoke Haus

King Contracting

A & S Septic and Utilities

People's Savings Bank 

Tuepker Brothers Construction


Liz's Bar & Grill

Elite Mechanical

Player 21 Sports 

Cuivre River Electric

Audrey Lee Photography

Frisella Nursery

Ages & Stages 

Catala Facial Retreat & Boutique

Randy Paul Construction

Hair Care by Rita

Blondin Professional Real Estate

Karrenbrock Construction 

Fireside Bar and Grill

Cori's Twin Gables

Maraca's Mexican Family Restaurant 

Wildschuetz Bros. Trucking


Phew! That is a lot, but our gratitude is even greater than the list of those businesses!

 Their generosity continues to energize our tournament and we simply could not have such tremendous success without them.

The “Kickin’ it for Cancer” kickball tournament continues to be a spirited and hopeful tradition that brings our community together to celebrate and honor a wonderful family, while embodying our journey as a community of forever remembering Trevor.

If anyone would like to make a donation before we send our final donation to the Friends of Kids with Cancer foundation, there is still time! Also, some remaining tournament t-shirts are available. For both inquiries, please contact Jenna Paul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The winning team: "The Free Ballers"

2. The Incredibles second place web IMG_8306.jpg
Second place team: "The Incredibles"

3. queens candidates and friends of kids Sharon from Jenna web IMG-6517.jpg
L-R) Sharon from Friends of Kids with Cancer, with queen candidates Emma Johnson,
Lindsey Molitor and Josie Brakensiek; 2018 Festival Queen Katie Sharp,
and Jenna Paul, Pageant Coordinator.

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There were so many teams, a baseball field had to be set up on the football field.

5. Logan Paul kicking web  IMG_3881.jpg
Logan Paul.

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A member of the Catala Team.

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A couple of teams had some younger kickers.

8. Jay Jacquin - the BLANK team web  IMG_3885.jpg
Jay Jacquin.
9. A kickin' chicken on the Kickin' Chickens Team web.jpg
Thus the team name, "The Kickin' Chickens" 

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A moment of silence was held while lanterns were lit
and released in Trevor Joerling's memory.

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Members of the Joerling and Wildschuetz families released the lanterns.