50 years of detailed SM East sports statistics product of 2000 grad’s passion, persistence

 

Kevin Booker, with one of his SM East statistics notebooks.

The end of the fall sports season likely came with a hint of bittersweetness for 2001 SM East grad Kevin Booker.

On the one hand, it meant he was nine months away from the start of more Lancer boys soccer and football — passions that occupy much of his free time. On the other, with the competitions over, Booker had a bit of space to organize the detailed statistical analysis he puts together about SM East sports. At least until basketball season starts, that is.

Since returning to the Kansas City area after serving in Iraq with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division in the mid-2000s, Booker has set about compiling, logging and recutting more than 50 years worth of SM East sports statistics — and his database is extensive.

Need to know the Lancers’ all time football record against Olathe schools in the month of November? Booker’s got it. How about which basketball coach has the best career record against SM South? He’s got that, too.

He started by combing through old SM East yearbooks, picking out team records and transcribing them into notebooks. Eventually he transferred all the records to a spreadsheet he keeps on a laptop — but he still prefers to keep an original handwritten copy of every set of statistics he compiles.

“I can always keep track of the notebook,” he said. “You never know what’s going to happen with a laptop.”

Booker, who played varsity soccer during his time at SM East, will feed the information to reporters from the The Harbinger to help them add color to their broadcasts or articles — but he’s hesitant to share it with a wider audience.

“I want to know that it’s going to be kept accurate and up-to-date,” he said. “I know I care enough about it to keep track of everything.”

He starts out compiling all of the statistics by hand before transferring them to a computer.