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Practice makes proficient for Stern

The laws of physics dictate that opposites attract. Maurice Stern has found a way to counteract that force. He's developed a knack for taking an iron horseshoe, tossing it 30 feet, and making it stick on a peg made of the same kind of iron.

The laws of physics dictate that opposites attract.

Maurice Stern has found a way to counteract that force.

He's developed a knack for taking an iron horseshoe, tossing it 30 feet, and making it stick on a peg made of the same kind of iron.

He and nine-time defending B.C. champion Elyse Brunelle of Burnaby came into the weekend provincial horseshoe championships at the Prince George Horseshoe Club as the players with the highest average, right around the 60 per cent mark.

That means for every 10 shots Stern and Brunelle take, six of them are ringers. And that's easier said than done.

Now in his 17th season, the 74-year-old Stern's average improved four years ago after shoulder troubles forced him to switch from the 40-foot range to the 30-foot class. His average peaked as high as 66 per cent, and he's now shooting closer to 58 per cent.