Cyclone Country

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.

Blog Posts

Cyclones falter in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY — When adversity hit, Fred Hoiberg saw his team fold. It wasn’t the characteristic the fifth-year ISU coach was used to seeing in his team, and it resulted in his squad’s first loss.

No. 13 Iowa State [...]

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Cyclones want to ‘have fun’ over final 2 weeks

AMES — They were punched in the gut. They suffered back-to-back losses of 20 points or more and when adversity hit again Saturday, Paul Rhoads didn’t see his players quit after another slow start.

Iowa State started off [...]

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Thomas steps up in season debut, Niang leads Cyclones past Alabama

KANSAS CITY — He could feel it during warmups. He was about to step on the court for the first time this season and the nerves were there. But when his first shot went through the bottom of the net, Matt Thomas’ confidence onl [...]

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Ecby brings energy, big plays

AMES — During the last two weeks, ISU Coach Paul Rhoads issued Tad Ecby a challenge: Start bringing a high level of energy to the practice field.

Ecby paid attention to his coach, producing on Saturday in Iowa State’s 34 [...]

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Miscues doom Iowa State in Loss to Tech

AMES — Big plays, missed tackles, squandered opportunities. It all adds up and Iowa State once again suffered from all three.

Of all those miscues, a fake punt stands pretty tall.

Iowa State lost to Texas Tech, 34-31, Sat [...]

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Richardson ready to fire

AMES — There’s a reason Sam Richardson won and has held onto the starting quarterback job for Iowa State this season.

His more developed leadership role has been a key in helping the Cyclone offense improve throughout th [...]

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Cyclone 2-Minute Drill: Texas Tech


Although Iowa State’s running game has been spotty at times this season, senior Aaron Wimberly has begun to hit his stride. He has rushed for 232 yards in the last three games, averaging 6.3 yard [...]

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ISU tight end Bibbs continues to draw praise

AMES — Paul Rhoads often shies away from highlighting individuals. But in the case of tight end E.J. Bibbs, the ISU coach made an exception.

Rhoads stood in the front of the media at the Bergstrom Football Complex on Monday, ra [...]

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Cyclones pick up pace, beat Panthers


AMES — Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg preached it in the locker room at halftime. Playing with pace opens up the offense, and that message rang true for Iowa State.

All five of the Iowa State starters scored in double figure [...]

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Cyclones hope third time off bye week is the charm

AMES — Paul Rhoads didn’t shy away from it. The energy and expectations of the Iowa State program weren’t met in its last two games, and the final bye week of the season gave him and his team time to reflect on that.

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