AURORA — Alex Bibza won’t deny it.
And the standout Aurora midfielder is not the least bit uncomfortable when it comes to expressing his feelings.
“We’re a good [enough] team to go to the Final Four again,” Bibza said.
Yes, the senior captain is entitled to exercise his First Amendment rights. Of course, there is one small problem.
Does Bibza’s father and coach, Jason Bibza, approve of such a bold statement?
“Nope,” the younger Bibza said with a smile.
Either way, the senior with a right foot made of steel will take possible future gag orders in stride.
That’s because life is going pretty well for the teenager, who is thriving in both fútbol and football this spring.
Alex Bibza also is the placekicker for the Greenmen on Friday nights. By the way, thanks to Bibza’s accuracy on point after tries and field goals to go along with his moon-shot kickoffs, Aurora’s gridiron squad improved to 8-0 after a 31-7 victory over Highland Friday night in Granger Township.
“It’s pretty good,” Alex Bibza said. “Our football team is doing really [well]. I’m happy that I’m helping the team out.”
The soccer team isn’t too shabby either. The Greenmen improved to 11-4-1 on the pitch after cruising past Beachwood 5-1 Saturday afternoon at Veterans Stadium.
As a result of its win, Aurora’s soccer squad earned a date with Revere in a Kent Division II district semifinal contest, which is scheduled for Tuesday at Veterans Stadium.
Alex Bibza is starting to get healthy again after being hindered by a leg injury. The timing couldn’t be better.
His fútbol team is fighting for its life in the always grueling postseason. His football team, on the other hand, is two weeks away from a possible return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.
For this multi-talented teenager, though, playing on the pitch will always take first priority over competing on the gridiron.
Nevertheless, much like the football team, Alex Bibza knows he is only part of the solution. The soccer squad doesn’t have a goal-scoring machine like it did last year when Connor Bizjak ruled West Pioneer Trail.
The 2019 version of the Greenmen, on the other hand, prefers spreading the wealth.
While he hopes to lead his soccer team to its second state semifinal appearance in three years, Alex Bibza knows he can’t let his mind wander too far away from the next appointment.
At this stage of the game, the versatile senior knows nothing can be taken for granted.
“We take it game by game,” Alex Bibza said. “Every team we play is going to be a good team. We have to be on our game.”
Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, firstname.lastname@example.org or @FrankAceto_RPC.