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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.





3-star TE Chase Allen’s football life comes full circle with pledge to Iowa State

AMES - Chase Allen was disappointed, if only for a brief time.

Allen, a three-star tight end on Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports, was supposed to be visited at home the very first day after the dead period by his recruiter Alex Golesh. Golesh was an ... »

4-star OT Sean Foster 'felt at home' with Iowa State, Matt Campbell

AMES - Sean Foster and his family were on the way home from his recruiting trip to Iowa State, mulling over his options. But they were missing an important opinion in the discussion: his mom's.

Just a couple days after the offensive lineman pros ... »

‘Press Virginia’ bringing the show to No. 14 Iowa State

AMES - West Virginia doesn't allow its opponents any breathing room and thrives off mistakes. Iowa State has seen it do just that throughout the last three years.

When senior Georges Niang was asked to describe what it feels like to be hounded for ... »

Johnson reaches 1,000 career points, but Iowa State drops fifth straight

AMES - Effort and execution are the two biggest pieces of how Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly determines if his team is being as successful as it can be.

Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they are lacking a great deal in one of the two areas and drop ... »

Injuries have forced Iowa State to make adjustments, handle adversity

AMES - Bill Fennelly hasn't seen a change in attitude through the four-game losing streak Iowa State is riding, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been some frustration.

Adversity hit the Cyclones in the form of injuries - TeeTee Starks, Seanna Jo ... »

Iowa State’s Prohm, Texas A&M’s Kennedy, go head-to-head in ‘surreal’ matchup

AMES - When Steve Prohm was a volunteer assistant coach for Billy Kennedy at Centenary College, it would have been hard to imagine where his career would take him.

Prohm was living in a basement, eating dining center meals and holding a part-tim ... »

Cold shooting sinks Iowa State women in home loss to TCU

AMES - Stat sheets don't always tell the full story of how a game unfolds, but in Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly's estimation it was cut and dry.

"You've got to make shots. Our team can't make shots," Fennelly said. "When you shoot the way we sh ... »

Iowa State’s Seanna Johnson a game-time decision against TCU

AMES - Ask anyone on the Iowa State women's basketball team if Seanna Johnson will be good to go against TCU and most will say there isn't a doubt.

Johnson, they say, would will herself onto the court and play right in the thick of it with everybo ... »

Stifling 2nd half sends No. 16 Iowa State past No. 3 Kansas

AMES - Georges Niang had an easy explanation as to how Iowa State used a second-half surge to take down another top-five conference foe at home.

He just looked down the table to his left at Monte Morris. Credit for this latest Big Monday win cou ... »

Familiar foes Iowa State, Kansas square off on Big Monday

AMES - If this Big 12 season has been any indicator, getting too high or too low after one game can spell trouble for anybody. Even Iowa State.

When some people on social media wrote No. 16 Iowa State off as a conference title contender less tha ... »

Twists of fate led Matt Campbell to Iowa State
AMES - The team bus arrived at Jack Trice Stadium two hours and 45 minutes early and Toledo football coach Matt Campbell decided to take a walk to cal ... »