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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.





‘Steadiness’ allows Iowa State’s Monte Morris to play big minutes each night

AMES - The hope was Monte Morris would play fewer minutes this season.

That hope has been far from reality.

Morris has been the go-to, do-it-all guy for the Iowa State men's basketball team most of the year, and he's done it while playing an ... »

Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Jackson on future: Jamie Pollard has ‘a job to do’

AMES - In the wake of a trying dual-meet season and Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard's recent comments, wrestling coach Kevin Jackson spoke about his future.

The Cyclones (1-7, 1-3) fell at South Dakota State and North Dakota State to b ... »

Iowa State women close out tight game against Kansas State, 75-69

AMES - Once the Iowa State women's basketball team surrendered another fourth-quarter lead, coach Bill Fennelly could feel the bench and crowd start to tense up.

The only three players he didn't get that feeling from were Jadda Buckley, Seanna J ... »

Iowa State’s Merrill Holden hoping to rejoin rotation at Oklahoma

AMES - Merrill Holden walked into the Iowa State men's basketball offices ready to talk.

The frustration he felt from falling out of the rotation had reached a point where he needed a one-on-one, sit-down conversation with Coach Steve Prohm. The g ... »

Iowa State freshman forward Cameron Lard ‘getting ready for next year’

AMES - Watching the Iowa State men's basketball team from a distance wasn't easy on Cameron Lard.

As tough as it was to know he should be with the team through the ups and downs of the non-conference season, the freshman forward felt motivated. La ... »

No. 1 Kansas holds off Iowa State, 76-72

AMES - The Iowa State men's basketball team isn't at a point where it can rethink everything.

Nearly two-thirds into the season, the Cyclones have their identity. When No. 1 Kansas strolled into Hilton Coliseum, it effectively exploited Iowa State ... »

Iowa State learning from loss at TCU, faces quick turnaround against likely-No. 1 Kansas

AMES - The decision every team has to make after a rough performance is whether to flush it and look forward, or use the displeasure to your advantage.

Naz Mitrou-Long and the Iowa State men's basketball team are opting for the latter.

#x201 ... »

Iowa State falls at TCU, 84-77

Forward Vlad Brodziansky topped hot-shooting Texas Christian with 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting in an 84-77 win over visiting Iowa State in a Big 12 game Saturday.

TCU (14-3, 3-2 Big 12) made 56.9 percent of its field goal attempts, connecting 37 ... »

Iowa State’s Matt Thomas fighting through bone spurs

AMES - No matter which way he moves, Iowa State guard Matt Thomas feels the pain.

The 6-foot-5, 193-pound senior has dealt with everyday basketball injuries in the past like bumps, bruises and sprained ankles, but nothing as nagging as his latest ... »

Everything ‘fell into place’ for Monte Morris’ big night, Iowa State at TCU up next

AMES - Monte Morris has played in big moments.

He's taken a number of game-winning shots. Some - against Texas in the Big 12 tournament and Iowa - have gone in. Others - against Gonzaga and Baylor - didn't.

Through it all, the Iowa State men ... »