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.

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McKay brings energy for Cyclones in debut

DES MOINES — When Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg wanted more energy on the floor, all he needed to do was look to his left, down the bench a few seats.

In his season debut, Jameel McKay made the most of his 13 minutes of action [...]

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McKay ‘can’t wait’ to make Cyclone debut

DES MOINES — Coach Fred Hoiberg, Jameel McKay and all of Iowa State’s players know it. They’re going to have to be patient.

When the Cyclones take on Drake Saturday in the Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena, Mc [...]

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ISU lineman Cousin suspended indefinitely following domestic assault arrest

AMES — Iowa State defensive lineman Devlyn Cousin has been “suspended indefinitely” from the football team following his arrest for simple domestic assault Friday night.

Cousin is no longer listed on the Story County onl [...]

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Nader gets long-awaited breakthrough for Cyclones

IOWA CITY — A year-and-a-half away from the court was tough on Abdel Nader. Against Iowa, it felt like the hiatus never happened.

The Northern Illinois transfer poured in 19 points and added six rebounds Friday night in Iowa St [...]

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Charges dropped after Dejean-Jones arrest

AMES — A charge of “gathering where marijuana is used” against Iowa State senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was dropped this morning after his early morning arrest on three misdemeanor charges, according to online Story County d [...]

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Dejean-Jones out of Iowa game

AMES — After lengthy conversations and deliberation Thursday, Iowa State men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg reached the conclusion he thought made sense.

Senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will serve a one-game suspension [...]

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Niang the assist man

AMES — Taking four shots certainly isn’t the norm for Georges Niang.

But with what he was able to do as a facilitator on the offense, how many points he scored doesn’t necessarily matter.

Niang finished with [...]

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Hogue vows to boost rebounding numbers

AMES — Defensive rebounding is what drives Iowa State senior Dustin Hogue, but lately he’s had to find other ways to get himself going in games.

A tenacious rebounder a year ago, Hogue hasn’t produced like he [...]

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Cyclone football faces obstacles, questions after difficult season

AMES — Every college football team faces certain challenges in its path to success. At Iowa State, the path is a bit harder to navigate.

ISU Coach Paul Rhoads and the Cyclones wrapped up their season with a 55-3 loss to No. 6 T [...]

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Cyclone 2-Minute Drill: TCU Horned Frogs


Iowa State found a rushing attack against Kansas and Texas Tech, but hit a bit of a wall in the loss to West Virginia. The Cyclones rushed for just 135 yards as a team and averaged 3.4 yards per carry. A [...]

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