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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.





Simeon Carter transferring from Iowa State

AMES - Iowa State sophomore Simeon Carter is transferring, the school announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8, 227-pound forward played in six men's basketball games this season and averaged 2.3 minutes and 1.0 points.

"I met with Simeon followi ... »

ISU’s Joel Lanning is No. 1 — at linebacker

AMES - Position changes usually aren't too drastic.

Lots of times it's a quarterback moving to wide receiver or a defensive end playing defensive tackle. Typically, you don't make night-and-day alterations with players, especially when they're a ... »

Seniors had ‘renaissance’ of Iowa State basketball

MILWAUKEE - A golden era in Iowa State basketball history is over.

An 80-76 loss to Purdue in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday at the Bradley Center brought about the end of something greater. Some of the most influential players ... »

Iowa State's comeback falls short against Purdue in NCAA second round

MILWAUKEE - The Iowa State men's basketball team walked into its locker room, down double digits at halftime, and was teetering on the edge of getting run out of the arena.

Even so, Coach Steve Prohm didn't sense any panic in his team.

H ... »

Iowa State’s Jadda Buckley to forgo final season, end basketball career

AMES - Hours after the Iowa State women's basketball team suffered a first round lo ... »

Iowa State’s Naz Mitrou-Long aspires to coach when playing career ends

MILWAUKEE - Darkness fell across the sky and Naz Mitrou-Long still wasn't home.

As a kid in Mississauga, Ontario, Mitrou-Long would stay out late at the local park playing basketball. His mother had no idea where he was, but that wasn't his concer ... »

Iowa State quiets 5-12 upset talk with 84-73 win over Nevada

MILWAUKEE - Naz Mitrou-Long wasn't surprised with what he saw, but it did add some fuel to his already raging fire.

Iowa State's senior guard looked through online brackets, stumbling upon NCAA tournament brackets filled out by well-known figure ... »

Iowa State-Nevada NCAA tournament matchup a chance for rivals to reunite

MILWAUKEE - Sometimes it's funny the way things work out.

More than 2,000 miles from home in a snow-covered state on the shores of Lake Michigan, Solomon Young and Cameron Oliver finally get a chance to reignite the rivalry from their Sacramento, ... »

Iowa State’s Milwaukee players avoiding distractions in homecoming

MILWAUKEE - Deonte Burton, Donovan Jackson and Darrell Bowie are back in the city that raised them.

They know this homecoming won't be like any other.

The fifth-seeded Iowa State men's basketball team is here to face No. 12 Nevada in the fir ... »

Cyclones earn NCAA date Syracuse

AMES - The Iowa State women's basketball team barely sat down before it heard its NCAA tournament destination.

The team was at Coach Bill Fennelly's house eating upstairs when he rounded them up to watch the selection show in the basement. After ... »