Markie Workman, left, and Angie Charchalis and have signed national letters of intent to play college basketball. Charchalis will attend the Colorado School of Mines, and Workman will play at Adams State College. The two will become rivals, as both schools are part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

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Markie Workman, left, and Angie Charchalis and have signed national letters of intent to play college basketball. Charchalis will attend the Colorado School of Mines, and Workman will play at Adams State College. The two will become rivals, as both schools are part of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

High school careers earn college scholarships for Moffat County girls basketball seniors

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— Angie Charchalis and Markie Workman have been dominating the Western Slope League throughout their Moffat County High School basketball careers.

The seniors have played together since age 5, with Charchalis feeding Workman in the post for lay-ups, or Workman grabbing a rebound passing out to Charchalis to start the fast break.

They have won 47 of 51 games they have played together during the past two years, combining to score 1,405 points during the stretch.

When the season tips off in the next couple of weeks, it will mark their last year together as teammates.

Next season, they will be facing off against each other on different teams in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Charchalis has signed a letter of intent to play at the Colorado School of Mines. Workman has signed to play at Adams State College.

Charchalis, a 5-foot-7 guard, earned second team all-state and Western Slope 4A Player of the Year accolades as a junior in 2006-07. An all-conference pick in the Western Slope League the past two years, Charchalis guided MCHS to the 4A Final Four during her sophomore campaign. Moffat County also advanced to the 4A Sweet Sixteen during Charchalis' freshman and junior seasons.

Mines head coach Paula Krueger stated in a Nov. 15 press release, "We are very excited to add a student-athlete of Angie's caliber to our team. Angie has a scorer's mentality and can flat-out shoot the ball. She will add a strong set of handles to our perimeter."

"I had to do a lot to decide," Charchalis said. "I made a list of the pros and cons. (Colorado School of) Mines had more pros."

A 5-foot-11 forward, Workman was an All-Western Slope League selection in 2006-07, helping lead the Bulldogs to a 22-2 record. She averaged 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a junior, while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 65 percent from the line.

As a sophomore, Workman averaged 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting at a 56 percent clip from the field as she helped lead the Bulldogs to a 25-1 record. She was selected to The Denver Post's First Team all-state squad and received second team all-state honors from Rocky Preps.

"We are very excited about Markie becoming a Grizzly," Grizzlies head coach Kelly Kruger stated in a Nov. 14 press release. "We know that she is very well-coached, and has had tremendous amount of high school success. Her ability to play inside and outside gives us a lot of flexibility in how to play her. She is a great fit to the players we already have on campus."

"I wanted to go to Adams State for a while," Workman said. "That's where Mort (coach Craig Mortensen) went. The school reminds me of him and Moffat County."

If they should face off against each other next year, it won't be the first time.

Last summer, the two played on separate teams for the first time during a club league event.

"Angie's team throttled my team," Workman said. "It was 60-something to, like, 18."

"Yeah, and Markie scored all of her team's points," Charchalis chimed in.

Now that the pressure of choosing a college is behind them, the duo plans to focus on the one accomplishment that has evaded them throughout their high school careers - winning a state championship.

"I want to end my career here with a good season," Workman said. "That means winning state."

"I want to go farther in the playoffs," Charchalis said. "Winning state is always the goal."

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