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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.





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 ... »

Allen Lazard sets aside NFL for now, will return to Iowa State

AMES - As much as Allen Lazard potentially stood to gain from going pro, he felt he could gain even more by returning to college.

Iowa State's junior wide receiver opted to skip the 2017 NFL Draft and return to play for the Cyclones next fall. T ... »

No. 21 Iowa State drops overtime game to Cincinnati, 55-54

AMES - Iowa State had two looks at game-winning plays.

Both possessions played out exactly the same way. Desperation 3-pointers fell helplessly to the ground and the Cyclones walked out of their home building with a loss to a non-conference oppo ... »

Iowa State aims to carry defensive effort into Cincinnati matchup

AMES - The Iowa State men's basketball team's offensive identity has given way, at least in part, to a more defensive-minded effort.

Of course the offensive weaponry is still there - the Cyclones have scored 100-plus points twice and no less than ... »