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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.





Cyclones leave for Oklahoma State without McKay

AMES - There's a big shake-up swirling around the Cyclones.

Friday night it was confirmed by Iowa State that senior forward Jameel McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater, Okla., and is suspended indefinitely. ISU did not reveal the reason why ... »

Matt Campbell, Iowa State worked quickly to assemble first recruiting class

AMES - Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell had 65 days to sell a vision.

Hours after accepting the Cyclones job, Campbell started piecing together his ISU staff and an initial recruiting plan. Campbell had just more than two months to do wha ... »

No. 12 West Virginia steals win at Hilton over No. 14 Iowa State

AMES - Georges Niang took a deep breath and paused for a few seconds. He tried to find the works to describe exactly how frustrating was the Iowa State loss.

After that deep breath, he thought that moment without words said it all.

"That ... »

3-star TE Chase Allen’s football life comes full circle with pledge to Iowa State

AMES - Chase Allen was disappointed, if only for a brief time.

Allen, a three-star tight end on Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports, was supposed to be visited at home the very first day after the dead period by his recruiter Alex Golesh. Golesh was an ... »

4-star OT Sean Foster 'felt at home' with Iowa State, Matt Campbell

AMES - Sean Foster and his family were on the way home from his recruiting trip to Iowa State, mulling over his options. But they were missing an important opinion in the discussion: his mom's.

Just a couple days after the offensive lineman pros ... »

‘Press Virginia’ bringing the show to No. 14 Iowa State

AMES - West Virginia doesn't allow its opponents any breathing room and thrives off mistakes. Iowa State has seen it do just that throughout the last three years.

When senior Georges Niang was asked to describe what it feels like to be hounded for ... »

Johnson reaches 1,000 career points, but Iowa State drops fifth straight

AMES - Effort and execution are the two biggest pieces of how Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly determines if his team is being as successful as it can be.

Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they are lacking a great deal in one of the two areas and drop ... »

Injuries have forced Iowa State to make adjustments, handle adversity

AMES - Bill Fennelly hasn't seen a change in attitude through the four-game losing streak Iowa State is riding, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been some frustration.

Adversity hit the Cyclones in the form of injuries - TeeTee Starks, Seanna Jo ... »

Iowa State’s Prohm, Texas A&M’s Kennedy, go head-to-head in ‘surreal’ matchup

AMES - When Steve Prohm was a volunteer assistant coach for Billy Kennedy at Centenary College, it would have been hard to imagine where his career would take him.

Prohm was living in a basement, eating dining center meals and holding a part-tim ... »

Cold shooting sinks Iowa State women in home loss to TCU

AMES - Stat sheets don't always tell the full story of how a game unfolds, but in Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly's estimation it was cut and dry.

"You've got to make shots. Our team can't make shots," Fennelly said. "When you shoot the way we sh ... »