(Born March 30, 1985) -- How often does a local athlete get to play for a team he used to watch when he was young? Not very often, so Frank Resetarits gets some credit for living out that particular dream ... at least for a while.
Resetarits grew up in Hamburg and became one of the best lacrosse players in Western New York history. He worked on his skills while playing box lacrosse in St. Catharines, Ont. From there it was on to the University at Albany, where he led the Great Danes to the NCAA tournament as a senior and was one of the best players in the country.
That attracted the attention of the San Jose Stealth, which took him fifth in the National Lacrosse League entry draft. He also played outdoor lacrosse in Long Island.
After a couple of years with the Stealth, Resetarits got his wish to come back to Buffalo and play for the Bandits in front of family and friends. The forward was acquired for a third-round draft choice.
Unfortunately, this isn't a "happily ever after story." He was on his third year in Buffalo when he was released by the team earlier this month.
--- Budd Bailey