They’re Rapatona FC and undefeated Hekari United from the Southern Conference and premiers Lae City Dwellers and newcomer Welgris Morobe United from Northern Conference.These are the top two teams out of six clubs from each conference who have qualified for the championship or NSL semifinals following this weekend’s round 10 games.Hekari continued its winning streak defeating PS Huawei FC 6-2.Koriak Upaiga maintained top form scoring three goals for Hekari while Emmanuel Simon scored two goals and Tommy Semmy scored one goal. Huawei’s goals came from Iamo Maneka and Francis Tulem.In other results, Gigira Laitepo United lost to Rapatona 2-1 and Erema FC beat FC Port Moresby 2-1 in the southern conference.The northern conference saw Welgris Morobe thrash Goroka FC 3-0, Besta PNG United drew with Admiralty Palaiau nil all and despite the loss to Madang FC 2-1, Dwellers qualify for the semis after leading the score board.The championship will commence next weekend followed by the grand final to determine the winner of the season.This is where the top two teams from each of the two conferences will play in Home and Away format to find the League Champions and the top four placings for the finals.
Beau Schooler makes ricotta gnocchi in the kitchen of Panhandle Provisions. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)A Juneau chef has once again been nominated for one of the food world’s highest honors.Beau Schooler, chef at the Rookery Café in downtown Juneau, is one of 30 named by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.Schooler was nominated for the same honor last year, which is given annually by the foundation to young chefs who display “impressive talent” and who are likely to make “a significant impact on the industry.”Schooler and business partner Travis Smith also operate The Taqueria and will soon open a newItalian restaurant in the old Silverbow Bakery space downtown.The James Beard Foundation is a nonprofit culinary arts organization. The group will release a final list of nominees March 15.