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Dylan Montz

I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.





Plenty of self-evaluation lies ahead for Iowa State after loss to Iowa

IOWA CITY - In the last couple years, the Iowa State men's basketball team knew who it could lean on in close, late-game situations.

Georges Niang, with his versatility as a scorer and passer, would more often than not make the right decision. But ... »

Iowa State's offense stagnant as winning streak against Iowa ends

IOWA CITY - The Iowa State men's basketball team has made a recent habit of falling behind early when it plays in-state rival Iowa.

The Cyclones finally came face-to-face with a hole they couldn't climb out of as their uncharacteristic offensive ... »

Iowa 78, No. 25 Iowa State 64: 3 takeaways, highlights

IOWA CITY -- Three takeaways from Iowa's 78-64 win over No. 25 Iowa State Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


1. First half defense 

It's well-covered ground, the struggles of Iowa's defense coming into the Cy-Hawk game. ... »

ISU’s Cole Netten, Allen Lazard earn all-Big 12 honors

AMES - The Iowa State football team was well represented when the All-Big 12 teams were released Wednesday.

The Cyclones had 11 players earn recognition from league coaches, including wide receiver Allen Lazard and Cole Netten on the first team. ... »

Iowa State wants to send Iowa, nation a message

AMES - Even though Georges Niang isn't around the Iowa State men's basketball team on a daily basis, his role as an influential voice hasn't diminished.

That voice can be blunt. It's especially brash when it comes to the Iowa and Iowa State riva ... »

Iowa State kicker Cole Netten earns AP All-Big 12 honor

AMES - Cole Netten already capped the most prolific kicking career in Iowa State football history.

Now he's adding some postseason recognition to his resume.

Netten was named to the AP All-Big 12 first team on Tuesday, and was the only C ... »

No. 25 Iowa State finds efficient offense, beats Omaha 91-47

AMES - Back-to-back losses, particularly in the way they happened, caused Steve Prohm to lose some sleep.

The second-year Iowa State men's basketball coach will probably sleep a little better after the way his team performed Monday night.

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What the future holds for Jacob Park and Joel Lanning at Iowa State

AMES - Barring any unforeseen occurrences, Jacob Park will be starting at quarterback for the Iowa State football team next season.

In Park's last five games combined, he had 92 completions for 1,322 yards and eight touchdowns. His emergence was ... »

Iowa State emphasizes ball movement after lackluster home loss

AMES - When you haven't lost to a nonconference opponent at home in the last 37 tries and play the way Iowa State did offensively Thursday, there is going to be a shock to the system.

The way the Cyclones fell to Cincinnati, in a lackluster offe ... »

Iowa State loses double-digit lead, falls to No. 6 Mississippi State in OT

AMES - The Iowa State women's basketball team overmatched a top-10 team for 39 minutes, and was on the brink of closing out a signature win.

The Cyclones just couldn't make the necessary plays and the opportunity passed by them.

Iowa State l ... »