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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 hurdler Aaron Mallett focused on championship season

DES MOINES - Iowa's Aaron Mallett sees the times of his competitors sprout up from meets throughout the country, but he doesn't give them much thought.

The Hawkeyes junior learned a long time ago if he wanted to reach his goals, he needed to put ... »

Former ISU basketball player Nikki Moody sues Bill Fennelly, school

AMES - Former Iowa State women's basketball player Nikki Moody has sued coach Bill Fennelly, the university and state of Iowa for racial discrimination and retaliation, ... »

Former Cyclones feel connected to ISU program with Campbell era underway

AMES - It didn't take long after Iowa State coach Matt Campbell was hired for him to start reaching out to former Cyclones players.

His first few phone calls went out to some of the most memorable players in program history. Each conversation wa ... »

Iowa State spring football notes: Harger, Ryen expanding roles

AMES - Mitchell Harger could be taking his first job out of college this spring. But he won't.

The fifth-year senior from Alburnett has steadily increased his role with the Iowa State football team throughout his first four years and will gradua ... »

Iowa State spring game solidifies QB Joel Lanning's confidence

AMES - One year made all the difference in how Joel Lanning felt.

Lanning was the third-string signal caller last spring before being elevated to backup in the fall and starter mid-way through the season. His confidence level grew with each snap ... »

Iowa State’s Josh Jahlas living out his college football dream

AMES - Life as a walk-on isn't easy. Hours are spent in the film room, weight room and in practice for sometimes only seconds of action on game day. The moments of glory are few and far between.

When those moments of recognition and success do c ... »

ISU assistant T.J. Otzelberger introduced as South Dakota State coach

AMES - South Dakota State formally introduced Iowa State assistant men's basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger as its head coach Thursday afternoon.

Otzelberger, who was introduced in a press conference in Brookings, S.D., has spent eight of the las ... »

Cotton-Moya changing habits after injury with strong return in mind

AMES - Kamari Cotton-Moya learned the hard way things can change in a hurry. He made a vow to change his body and take every precaution he could to stop those unwanted changes.

The Iowa State junior defensive back missed the final six games of l ... »

Jay Jones embracing switch to cornerback, D’Andre Payne impressing Iowa State coaches

AMES - Jay Jones knew change was coming to the Iowa State defense, but he didn't know how he would be affected.

The senior defender looked at his 6-foot-3, 209-pound frame and considered himself the wrong fit at linebacker. Jones assumed he woul ... »

Cameron Lard inks with Iowa State men's basketball

AMES - The Iowa State men's basketball team should have no shortage of guards as it prepares for year two under coach Steve Prohm, but it needed to find a way to address its undersized roster.

Signing three-star forward Cameron Lard should give ... »