Earlier today, the Chicago Sun-Times obtained a copy of how the Public League’s basketball conferences will be aligned next season. You can see that below. Check out Michael O’Brien’s article for more details on the realignment, including the number of conference games and how the city tournament will be set up.
By: Eric Van Dril | April 11, 2017
If you’re looking for what motivates Marzell Tiffith on the basketball court, look down — at the tattoo on his right forearm.
Tiffith’s tattoo, as you can see above, reads “R.i.p. Dad”.
Tiffith’s tattoo honors his father, Marteace Tiffith, who died in March of 2016. He was shot multiple times outside of the family’s home in Auburn Gresham. Marteace Tiffith, a father of five who worked at UIC, died from his injuries a little less than two weeks later.
Marzell Tiffith played for his father throughout his senior season at Vocational. He once again played for him on Saturday, April 8, when he finished with 36 points and nine rebounds in the CPLBCA all-star game.
“I did it for my dad,” Tiffith, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, said afterward. “This game, it’s an all-star game, so I felt like I can have fun and play well. I do this for my daddy, though.”
Tiffith had a somewhat inconsistent senior season, he added.
“I was kind of up and down when my daddy passed,” he explained, “but I’m starting to do better — way better — and playing through it.”
An Illinois Media School Sports Emphasis class put together the following 30-minute documentary, which explores what it’s like to coach in the Chicago Public League. The documentary was produced by Will Clark, Bill Downing, Bret Gogoel, TJ Orum and Reginald Wells.
Check it out.