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 montz.dylan@gmail.com. Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.

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Lazard ready for next step in 2015

AMES — For as many plays as he made as a freshman, it’s the plays Allen Lazard couldn’t make that stick with him.

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ISU’s Luna back on field

AMES — Gabe Luna knew something was wrong the moment he woke up one morning.

He was in the midst of summer workouts last June i ... »

Wegher gets Pro Day shot at ISU

AMES — Brandon Wegher has thought about the past often. As he prepares for a shot at the NFL, it’s on his mind even more.

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Custer leaving Iowa State

AMES — Less than a week following Iowa State’s exit from the NCAA tournament, freshman point guard Clayton Custer opted to tra ... »

Huge emotion swing for ISU

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fred Hoiberg was honest with his team moments after Iowa State’s loss to UAB in the NCAA tournament.

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Iowa State stunned by UAB 60-59 in NCAA tournament

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A crowd of reporters dispersed from a corner just off the court at KFC Yum! Center, leaving Jameel McKay standing against t ... »

Cyclones go cold shooting in NCAA tournament loss

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The shot was always meant for Naz Long. Fred Hoiberg's close vantage point from the bench with four seconds left saw the pl ... »

Cyclones trying to continue a tradition of tournament winning

AMES — Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay watched from home as their teammates hoisted the 2014 Big 12 tournament trophy on the floor of the Sprin ... »

No. 3 seed Cyclones open NCAA tourney against 14th-seed UAB

AMES — Fred Hoiberg readied his team to play Kansas for the Big 12 Tournament championship while catching snippets of UAB and Middle Tennesse ... »

Iowa State women heading to NCAA tourney as a 10-seed

AMES — Bill Fennelly stood in the corner of Johnny’s at Hilton Coliseum out of sight from the crowd, waiting to see Iowa State’ ... »

Iowa State does it again

KANSAS CITY — Georges Niang stood near center court at the Sprint Center sporting a championship hat with confetti raining down all a ... »

Cyclones fight through another double-digit deficit to beat Sooners

KANSAS CITY — Fred Hoiberg remembered seeing the play once before. It was the very same look that gave Oklahoma a last-second win aga ... »

ISU’s Pollard has ‘successful’ surgery

AMES — Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard underwent successful open heart bypass surgery Tuesday night at Iowa Methodist ... »

Cyclones' Dejean-Jones accepts different role in advance of Big 12 Tournament

KANSAS CITY — Bryce Dejean-Jones walked into Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg's office, just looking for conversation.

It was the midpoi ... »

Iowa State’s Pollard hospitalized

AMES — Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard suffered a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in the girlsȁ ... »