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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.





Report: Iowa State's Chase Allen hit by car, receives 103 stitches

AMES - Chase Allen is no stranger to hits within the lines of a football field.

But the freshman tight end was dealt a different kind of blow last week.

The son of former UNI, Kansas and Missouri State head coach and ISU assistant Terry ... »

Joe Schaefer joining Iowa State football staff

AMES - Iowa State has hired Joe Schaefer as its director of football scouting, the school announced Monday.

Schaefer replaces John Kuceyeski, who left last week to become the running backs coach at Cornell.

#x201c;I'm really excited to be he ... »

Nigel Tribune suspended indefinitely following arrest

Iowa State defensive back Nigel Tribune has been suspended indefinitely after an arrest early Sunday morning in Ames and is facing an OWI charge.

The OWI charge was a first offense, but Tribune also received charges of failure to use headlamps whe ... »

Iowa State basketball freshmen Young, Long hoping for opportunities

WEST DES MOINES - Solomon Young walked onto campus at Iowa State already looking like he could see some minutes in Big 12 play.

The size of the freshman forward and the possibilities in front of him astounded Iowa State senior point guard Monte Mo ... »

Iowa State tennis expects spike in performance with new $2.5 million facility

AMES - The Iowa State tennis team is moving from its current indoor home out of necessity, but expects to get a bump in performance in the process.

Iowa State University has sought approval from the Board of Regents, and has begun construction on, ... »

Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson nearing 100 percent health, growing alongside Monte Morris

WEST DES MOINES - It was difficult at times for Donovan Jackson to go watch summer league games.

The broken wrist the incoming Iowa State guard suffered at Iowa Western has kept him away from full-contact hoops for seventh months. Since then, he's ... »

Podcast: Cyclone Scoop talks summer hoops, interviews ISU offensive coordinator Tom Manning

In this week's episode of The Cyclone Scoop on 1430 KASI, co-hosts Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz go over some recent happenings with the men's basketball team at the Capital City League and what some of the newcomers have been doing this summer.

T ... »

Iowa State's Naz Mitrou-Long 'feels great' as senior year approaches

WEST DES MOINES - To say Naz Mitrou-Long is back to his old self isn't doing his progress justice.

New and improved might be more accurate.

With two hip surgeries and a redshirt season in the rearview mirror, Mitrou-Long is ready for his ... »

Iowa State director of scouting John Kuceyeski leaving to coach Cornell running backs

AMES - The Iowa State football coaching staff will be experiencing a bit of a shakeup this summer.

Director of scouting John Kuceyeski will be leaving the staff to be the running backs coach at Cornell University, Iowa State confirmed Friday. Kuce ... »

Former Iowa State forward Georges Niang signs with Indiana Pacers

AMES - Former Iowa State basketball standout Georges Niang took another step toward his goal of an NBA career.

The Indiana Pacers announced Monday they signed Niang to a contract, although terms of the deal were not disclosed. Indiana drafted Ni ... »