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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 frontcourt underwent a makeover in between meetings with Baylor

AMES - At halftime of the win at Texas Tech, Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm threw down a challenge to his young center.

Freshman Solomon Young listened as his coach laid it all out. He didn't think the 6-foot-8, 240-pounder played t ... »

Iowa State's Kevin Dresser's long-term goal: Develop champions and beat Iowa

AMES - Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard was looking for a way to make an impression.

Pollard was set to fly to meet with then-Virginia Tech wrestling coach Kevin Dresser, but was really looking for something to make an impact. So he a ... »

Iowa State edges Texas Tech in overtime

Monte Morris scored 23 points, and Iowa State converted five free throws in the final two minutes as the Cyclones outlasted Texas Tech 82-80 in overtime on Monday in Big 12 play at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

The Cyclones' Donovan ... »

Kevin Dresser named Iowa State wrestling coach

AMES - Kevin Dresser considers himself a builder, and is not shy about taking on challenges.

When he took over the Virginia Tech wrestling program, it was coming off a one-win dual season. Dresser turned the Hokies into a top-five program.

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Iowa State women’s basketball completes pivotal week with 68-53 win over West Virginia

AMES - Iowa State women's basketball coach Bill Fennelly knew the past week could be the most pivotal of the season.

His team passed the test.

A second win against West Virginia, this one a 68-53 final before 10,824 fans in Hilton Colise ... »

Iowa State hopes to shore up front court defense in second game against TCU

AMES - Solomon Young has helped transform the Iowa State men's basketball front court in the last four games, giving it a physical presence on both ends of the floor. Each game has eliminated a little more doubt about what the freshman forward can bring ... »

Solomon Young a ‘force on the court’ in Cyclones’ road win

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Steve Prohm grinned as he looked at Solomon Young.

The second-year Iowa State men's basketball coach made the commitment to start the freshman forward for the rest of the season, starting last Saturday.

Based on what ... »

Iowa State looks to steal road win at Kansas State with outside shooting

AMES - Things are getting crowded.

There have been plenty of highs and lows for the Iowa State men's basketball team, but with three weeks left in the season, the Cyclones find themselves in the thick of a competitive league.

Kansas looks li ... »

Iowa State’s Steve Prohm decides to start Solomon Young moving forward

AMES - When Steve Prohm re-watched last week's loss at Texas, he knew what he had to do.

The Iowa State men's basketball coach walked into his office the next day and made the declaration freshman forward Solomon Young would be inserted into the s ... »

Iowa State scores drama-free win against Oklahoma

AMES - For the first time in weeks, the Iowa State men's basketball team was drama free.

A solid, 40-minute performance was elusive for several weeks, with the Cyclones falling victim to wild runs and swings on a moment's notice.

The mat ... »