Cape Henlopen field hockey has ruled the state of Delaware the last four years. A big part of their success has been the play of senior Tess Bernheimer. The slick offensive minded Bernheimer is on the verge of leading the Vikings to an amazing fifth state title in a row. Besides her honorable field hockey career she also plays girls lacrosse for Cape Henlopen. Tess sat down with Delaware State Prep News to answer some questions about Cape Henlopen athletics and how her family’s athletic background became front and center in her own life.
DeSPN: What got you started playing field hockey?
TB: My mom and both my older sisters played field hockey so I just went along with whatever my older sisters did.
DeSPN: Is there an athletic background within your family?
TB: I have 2 older sisters, my mom played field hockey, my oldest sister played field hockey and softball for Cape and then played softball at UMBC, my other sister played field hockey for Cape and Bryant University.
DeSPN: How do you set your goals?
TB: I set my goals by raising the bar higher each time I accomplish something. My goals- to be a better player than I was the previous year, to continue playing in college, to set a good example for younger players, to get player of the year again and get 1st team all American.
DeSPN: Have you experienced a breakthrough and if so what led to it?
TB: From sophomore to junior year, I had a lot more confidence while playing and I took more of a leadership role on the field. The loss of so many good players from the year before and a switch in position on the field led to this break through.
DeSPN: What is your biggest accomplishment in field hockey?
TB: My biggest accomplishments would probably be winning the state championship each year or getting player of the year last year.
DeSPN: What one or two things do you believe separates you from your competition?
TB: I think my work ethic and a strong desire to win are what separates me from my competition.
DeSPN: What one or two things you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
TB: I do a lot of running both in season and out of season to stay in shape which is key to my success.
DeSPN: What’s your mindset during a game, any pregame rituals?
TB: My mindset during a game is that losing isn’t an option and we have dance parties before games.
DeSPN: What are you looking for in a college?
TB: I’m committed to Drexel University. I looked for good coaches, strong academics, and a competitive field hockey program.
DeSPN: What was the best advice you were ever given?
TB: “Don’t ever let anyone out work you” from my mom.
DeSPN: What would your ultimate achievement be?
TB: My ultimate achievements would be to win a 4th state championship and be player of the year again.
DeSPN: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
TB: I draw my inspiration from all the coaches that I have had over the years and the older players that I have played with.
DeSPN: Do you have a saying or motto that you live/play by?
TB: Never give up!
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