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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.





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.

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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 ... »

Pollard, Prohm reflect on first year and look ahead at next season

AMES - The weeks following the college basketball season started to add up, but that's when Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard started to see some changes.

Men's basketball coach Steve Prohm guided the Cyclones to their fifth-ever Sweet ... »

Podcast: Jamie Pollard joins Cyclone Scoop, plus NBA Draft reaction

In this week's episode of The Cyclone Scoop on 1430 KASI, co-hosts Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz catch up with another big guest within the ISU athletics department. Dylan breaks down the recent NBA Draft and selections of Georges Niang and Abdel Nader i ... »

Georges Niang, Abdel Nader relish NBA opportunities

AMES - Georges Niang has long been called too unathletic to make the jump from playing college basketball to the NBA.

The Indiana Pacers chose not to look at the former Iowa State standout in that manner.

The Pacers selected Niang in the ... »

Iowa State's Georges Niang, Abdel Nader drafted in second round

UPDATE: Indiana expects Niang to compete for NBA minutes; report has Nader playing for Boston's D-League affiliate 

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