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Atascadero family remembers teen killed in Templeton Rd. crash

January 10, 2017

An Atascadero family is remembering the life of 17-year-old Shelby Sudbrink, a Templeton High School student who was killed Friday in a car crash.


A collage of photos from Shelby's life fills a room at Templeton High School for students to pay their respects. One picture shows a young, smiling, bright blonde - the only girl on her youth basketball team.


"She was determined to play with those boys and she would make them pass her that ball. She did not want to look like a girly-girl to them," said Emily Sudbrink, Shelby's mother. She remembers her daughter as an athlete with a competitive spirit.


"She always supported her dad and hated the Red Sox. She was a hardcore Yankee fan," said Sudbrink.


Shelby's brother Colby says she was one tough sister.


"I've never won against her at anything because she never let me," said Colby.


That competitive spirit made her a key player on the Eagles' varsity basketball team. Teammates remember a time when even a sprained ankle couldn't stop Shelby.


"She still showed up to practice and she showed up to our Morro Bay game with an ankle brace on, ready to play, and she was barely able to walk," said Haley Hurdle.


Friends now visit Templeton Road to lay flowers and pictures. Shelby died after losing control on a curve and crashing into a tree.

"I'm just going to miss her a lot," said Emily Sudbrink.


Shelby's uncle Adam is spending the next few days at the high school, speaking with friends and classmates of hers. He's collecting pictures and memories to share at her memorial.


"Shelby had a very full 17 years and we want to hear all about it," said Adam Kovach.


Shelby wanted to go to college and enter the medical field after high school.


"I should be getting notifications any day now from the schools she applied to," said Emily Sudbrink.


Now the family wants to help others live Shelby's dream. A scholarship in her name is being set up to help send one deserving senior to college every year.


"She filled her life from start to finish. We will carry that with us. I'm not going to let her life stop. It's going to live through all of us," said Kovach.