Shorewood girls basketball coach Jeff Eimers knows that what's been accomplished over the last four years has been historic.
A 62-32 overall mark, including three Woodland Conference East Division crowns and a WIAA regional title in 2015.
Almost all of the bad memories of the 45-game losing streak from earlier in the century have been completely erased.
'I wanted to pull out the stats for that time,' said Eimers, whose 2010-11 team broke that abysmal streak, 'and do a little comparison. I mean, it was really sad. There were some girls who played all four years and maybe won all of three or four games.'
As noted, those sad memories are gone while for seniors such as Jada Stackhouse, Annie Leo, Eimers' daughter Megan, Meghan Curtis and Sarah Goldberg, who have been on varsity for all or part of the last four years, there are newer and far better memories, including this season's 17-7 mark.
They've won championships, helped put up banners and set a new standard for the girls still coming up.
'I was just thinking about it this weekend,' Jeff Eimers said. 'I didn't think we'd be as competitive as last year (17-7 and that regional title) and we were. We started out a little rough (2-5) but then we finished 15-2. It was a satisfying year.
'After graduating who we we did (Ashley Eimers, Grace Hayes and Aisling Moloney) people picked us but they also picked us along with Cudahy and Whitnall (to win the division). But we still had Jada (Stackhouse) and Annie (Leo) and a good class of seniors, and I thought we had as good a chance as anyone out there. A legitimate shot.'
After that shaky start, the Greyhounds began to pick up momentum, but it was a shockingly good effort against Whitnall on Jan. 5 that convinced Coach Eimers that this could be a solid season again.
'We had something like a 45-20 lead (actually 47-20) lead at the half and we just cruised,' he said.
A big key to the success was putting Leo at the top of the Greyhounds' already effective 1-3-1 zone defense.
'That made a huge difference,' said Coach Eimers. 'We were able to get stops, get the rebound and then go out and run.'
The team also had great adaptability. Another longtime senior, Gabby Oliveras-Bonaparte, the team's backup point guard, tore her ACL in the third game of the season. What was already a thin position got thinner still. Two freshmen, Olivia Reilly and Olivia Kessenich, came up and helped solidify the guard line.
'We would have Megan (Eimers) and Meghan (Curtis) start and then we would bring in the two Olivias (to back them up) and then we would have (Sara) Goldberg back up Natalie (sophomore center Tomaszewski.).
'Everybody knew what we were doing with our substitutions,' said Coach Eimers. 'It just became automatic with us.'
What also helped is that the team got along so well.
'All the teams of the last three-four years were fantastic together,' said Coach Eimers. 'They all got along so well, but I think this was the one that was the closest. They (the seniors) welcomed the freshmen, they really helped Natalie Tomaszewski and made her feel relaxed and loose.'
And the seniors did even more. Stackhouse finished an amazing career with 1,233 career points and her third consecutive Woodland Conference MVP honor. Leo was also first team, as well, while the sophomore Tomaszewski was named second-team.
The junior varsity team was 6-15, but several of its best players were on varsity already, said coach Eimers.
Stackhouse (Cornell) and Leo (UW-Parkside) will go on to play volleyball in college. They headed up this fun group that also included Olivia Holbrook, Oliveras-Bonaparte and Ava Miller.
'Over the last three years, that group has been through a lot,' Coach Eimers said. 'We knew what we had (in terms of leadership) with Aisling (Moloney), Ashley (Eimers) and Grace (Hayes) last year and they were the ones who helped turn things around.
'But these girls were given a chance to win conference and they seized it.'