In case you took a break from the news over the long Pioneer Day weekend, here are your top news stories from Utah Valley.

Jimmer Fredette signs again with Shanghai Sharks

Jimmer Fredette, former guard for the BYU basketball team, announced Monday he would return to play with the Shanghai Sharks for a two-year contract, reported the Deseret News. Fredette played with the Sharks in the 2016-17 season.

UVU student becomes Student Chef of the Year

Utah Valley University student Madeline Black won the title of Student Chef of the Year at the American Culinary Federation Cook. Craft. Create. convention, reported the Deseret News. Black has completed one year at the Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute.

BYU golf wins at Women’s Stroke Play Championship

Kendra Dalton, a BYU soon-to-be senior, claimed the title at the Utah Golf Association Women’s Stroke Play Championship, announced BYU Athletic Communications. Dalton competed with BYU teammate Rose Huang who tied for second with Kelsey Chugg.

Jenn Blosil shares her “American Idol” experience

Orem’s Jenn Blosil competed on “American Idol” in spring 2016 and on Saturday, the Daily Herald published a story about her experience on the show. She told of trying to fit in with the Hollywood crowd while staying true to her own music and style.

Blosil also appeared as one of the Fab 40 for Utah Valley Magazine in 2016.

Elder Holland speaks on Scouts

Elder Jeffery R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spoke to a group of Boy Scouts  about “going forward” at a sacrament meeting at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia this weekend, reported the Deseret News.

Starting January 1, 2018, the LDS Church will discontinue their participation with the Boy Scouts ages 14-18 and encourage leaders to help teens develop spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually.

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