I haven’t been in Fairbanks too long, but I already know that Jordan Rodenberger is a name known and respected throughout Fairbanks.

The sports anchor over at KTVF has become known throughout the area over the past two years. He’s everywhere I am on the job, and sometimes he’s even places I’m not. He’s someone I have a tremendous amount of respect for that I enjoy as both a person and as a peer ... even though he’s a Packers fan and I’m a Saints fan.

That takes us to this week’s Hart of the Matter: The Saints whooped up on the Packers on Sunday, and it was absolutely glorious. Jordan was just saying on Thursday, “You know that the Packers are beating the Saints, right?”

WRONG! Jamies Winston looked like a man reborn and our defense was dominant. I may be a fan of Jordan Rodenberger, but I’m a much bigger fan of the Saints. Being the mature, classy, respectful adult that I am, I had to take a moment to laugh in his face while taunting him about the result of a game.

Anyway, now that that’s out of my system, let’s get to it.

Football season has seen the cancellation or postponement of a game each week. For now, everything is scheduled to go on as planned, however. That means West Valley will host North Pole at 7 p.m. Friday with all other games being played Saturday. Lathrop will host Kodiak for homecoming at 5 p.m. Saturday while Monroe will travel to Barrow.

Volleyball is still in full swing as Tuesday will see Lathrop host Hutchison at 6 p.m. Thursday will see West Valley travel to Palmer for a 6 p.m. game. Friday is a busy day as North Pole hosts Delta at 6 p.m. and Monroe hosts Galena at the same time. West Valley will travel to West Anchorage for a tournament this weekend while Hutchison travels to Bethel.

It’s a busy week for flag football as they get the games started on Monday with North Pole hosting Lathrop at 6 p.m. Hutch will then host Lathrop at 6 p.m. at Davis Turf Fields while West Valley hosts Lathrop on Thursday at 6 p.m in a makeup game. West Valley hosts North Pole for Senior Night Friday at 5 p.m. Hutch is tentatively scheduled to travel to Chugiak and Eagle River this Friday and Saturday as well.

Tennis is in full swing again with matches scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday. Monroe will take on Lathrop at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at DRCTC while Hutchison visits North Pole at 5 p.m. Thursday will see West Valley and Hutch face off at DRCTC at 3 p.m. while North Pole will play Lathrop at DRCTC at 5 p.m. The Blue and Gold Tournament will take place on Friday from 3-6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DRCTC.

This week will see one cross country meet while swimming makes a return. The Eielson Invite will take place for cross country on Friday at Salcha. The Hutchison Invite will be held at Hamme Pool on Friday at 6 p.m. Rifle season will also kick off this week on Saturday as Delta hosts Lathrop and Hutch hosts West Valley at noon.

It’s not just the high schools competing this week. UAF volleyball will play two games this week on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Western Oregon and Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at St. Martins University. The swim team will hold their Blue and Gold meet Friday and Saturday at the Patty Center as well.

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs made their return this past weekend and they keep the good times rolling on the road this week. They take part in the NAHL Showcase beginning on Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m. against the Nordiques. The Dogs will then take on the Bruins at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, the Hat Tricks on Friday at 11:30 a.m., and the Minotauros on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Finally, there’s the event many have been waiting a long time for. The Equinox Marathon is back this Saturday at 8 a.m. beginning at the Ester Dome. It’s the first time in two years the event will take place and there will also be a half-marathon. Go to their Facebook page for more information.

Well, as far as I know, that’s it. Thanks for getting to the Hart of the Matter with me. If I left anything out, please contact Jorden Rodenberger at KTVF to file a complaint.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at hpisani@newsminer.com or 907-459-7530.