Former Lincolnton High standout C.J. Wilson made his first professional interception Thursday and secured a preseason win for the Chicago Bears in the process.
Wilson, a converted defensive back who graduated from Lincolnton in 2008 and is in his second season with the Bears, picked off the pass with 27 seconds left to clinch Chicago’s 20-19 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Trailing 19-14, the Bears (2-0) scored with 50 seconds to play for a 20-19 lead then failed on the conversation try. Jacksonville had first-and-10 at its own 32 when Wilson, who had four career interceptions at N.C. State, grabbed his first as a pro. He also had one pass deflection.
Wilson and the Bears play again Friday at Seattle.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
WESTERN REGIONALS RETURN TO WINSTON-SALEM: The NCHSAA announced on Friday the Western Regional basketball tournament will return to Winston-Salem next winter.
The boys and girls tournaments, which will be held March 3-7, will take place at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the coliseum annex.
The Greensboro Coliseum had held the Western Regional tournament since 2009. It was in Winston-Salem prior to going to Greensboro.
The last Lincoln County boys team to reach the regionals was East Lincoln in 2009. The last girls team was Lincolnton in 1998.