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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’s Naz Mitrou-Long ready for second chance at healthy senior season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - There are plenty of factors that helped Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long reach his current state of health.

It could be the countless hours of in-season rehabilitation, the hula hooping with guard Matt Thomas in their apartment ... »

Cyclones have respect for the way Kansas State football does business

AMES - Throughout head coach Bill Snyder's tenure, Kansas State's football teams have been built on substance over flash.

Take care of the ball, don't give up big plays and control the tempo of the game with a focus on the details.

When ... »

Iowa State’s Monte Morris a ‘jack-of-all-trades’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Inside the team bus somewhere in Chicago, Monte Morris let Naz Mitrou-Long know what was on his mind.

As Iowa State's run to the Sweet 16 ended at the hands of Virginia last March, speculation swirled about what Morris would d ... »

Iowa State anxious to get back on football field

AMES - Matt Campbell found it difficult to sit idle last weekend when there was college football being played.

The Iowa State football team completed its only in-season bye week Saturday and among a plethora of other responsibilities, the Cyclon ... »

Cole Netten leaving his mark in the Iowa State record books

AMES - In the days leading up to Iowa State's road trip to Texas, head coach Matt Campbell gave an assessment of his kicker.

Senior Cole Netten had converted every field goal attempt this season with each kick extending a school-record streak fo ... »

ISU’s Deonte Burton taking on a new role

AMES - Trust is fragile. Gaining it doesn't happen instantaneously, and it's often lost a lot easier than it's gained.

Iowa State men's basketball coach Steve Prohm and guard Deonte Burton took a full season to figure each other out, slowly buil ... »

Iowa State wrestling guided by return of three All-Americans

AMES - Expectations for Division I programs are the same all across the country: win national championships.

Iowa State wrestling coach Kevin Jackson already likes what he sees in his room as far as guys that could be standing on top of the field ... »

Podcast: Cyclone Scoop recaps Iowa State’s loss to Texas, men’s basketball media day

In this week's episode of The Cyclone Scoop on 1430 KASI, co-hosts Alex Halsted and Dylan Montz recap Iowa State's 27-6 loss at Texas and where the team sits heading into the bye week. The guys also take a look at the remaining football schedule and dis ... »

Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton gets Canadian education

AMES - The changes Bill Fennelly saw were evident.

When Bridget Carleton returned to Iowa State this fall for her sophomore year with the women's basketball team, she looked a bit different. She walked a little taller and had an air of confidenc ... »

Iowa State’s bye week goals: Get healthy, develop, grow

AMES - In the wake of three-straight losses, Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has three objectives he set before his program.

A bye week is standing in the way of five final regular season games, but in the opinion of the first-year Cyclo ... »