By MARK KELLER
Motivation. It's tacked above Andy Artz's bed. It stares him in the face every morning.
A newspaper clipping from last season is all that the Williamsport senior needed to convince him to work hard and improve his game for his final year of high school basketball.
That clipping contains a picture of Artz lying on the floor of Cole Field House, the basketball bouncing away from him in last year's Class 1A state championship game. Williamsport lost, and Artz had one of the worst shooting days of his career, hitting just 1 of 16 field goal attempts.
"I look at that article every day," Artz said. "That's what pushed me so hard getting ready for this year."
Artz attended several basketball camps and clinics last summer with the goal of becoming a better all-around player. The hard work has paid dividends for Artz, who is averaging 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists this season. Artz is also a legitimate outside threat, just as capable of hitting a 3-pointer as he is putting back an offensive rebound.