Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Cancer-Hit Coach Still Has His Team.(Sports)

Byline: Ken Sickenger Journal Staff Writer

It wasn't quite Christmas eve, and Al Armendariz could hardly be mistaken for Santa Claus his warm smile and a long-curling white moustache notwithstanding.

Still, as far as members of the Capital High School boys basketball team were concerned, Armendariz's Dec. 21 appearance did plenty to brighten the holiday season.

Armendariz, 60, was on hand to watch the Jaguars' 82-62 victory at Los Lunas. It was the first time Capital's seventh-year head coach saw this season's team play.

Armendariz is battling cancer and until this week had been unable to join assistant coach Ben Gomez on the Capital bench. He recently completed chemotherapy and is scheduled to begin radiation treatments in early January. …

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