Last May, in honor of the
late, great Pete Taylor, we here at CN Magazine devoted our entire
year-end issue to his legacy with our "Mr. Cyclone" publication. To this day, it
is still the issue I get asked about the most from Cyclone fans who treasure
Clearly no Cyclone was more deserving of such an honor, and perhaps no one in recent memory had done more for the cause of Iowa State athletics than did Pete. This year, as a small way of keeping that legacy alive, we are going to start a new tradition with our year-end, summer issue of CN Magazine.
Thus, we have decided to name a "Mr. Cyclone" after each school year in each of our year-end issues, think of a Time Magazine "Person of the Year" that specifically relates to the Cyclones.
The staff at CN will choose the winner each year. The "Mr. Cyclone" award will go each spring to the person(s) whom over the course of the past school year or their careers/lifetimes have done the most to further Iowa State sports.
This year's nominees
Wayne Morgan, men's basketball coach
In his first season taking over a program whose image had taken a hit over the past two years, Morgan made ISU basketball fun again. Defying lowly preseason expectations, Morgan guided the Cyclones to a solid 16-11 regular season record that included wins over Northern Iowa, Xavier, Iowa, Kansas, and Texas. Morgan then led ISU through an impressive march to the NIT semifinals. However, Morgan's biggest contribution came during a tumultuous offseason where he helped hold the program together during some rocky times.
Curtis Stinson, men's basketball player
Not even Wayne Morgan that he would be this good this fast. Nonetheless, this largely unheralded recruit took Ames by storm, producing arguably the finest freshman season in Iowa State hoops history. Stinson broke Jeff Grayer's scoring record, won Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, and was named a first team Freshman All-American as well. Who can forget his second half performance against Rutgers in the NIT semifinals?
Zach Roberson, wrestler
Not much was expected of the Iowa State wrestling team this winter after the Cyclones struggled to replace Cael Sanderson the previous year. However, ISU was one of the surprise teams in the nation, climbing as high as the number two spot in the national polls after ending a 17-year losing streak to the Hawkeyes. The senior Roberson was the steady hand of a group that finished seventh at the Nationals, ending his career in style by winning the national championship.
Steve & Debbie Bergstrom
The latest jewel of the athletic department's crown bears their name, and that says all. They didn't ante up the entire $9.3 million price tag for the new indoor, multi-purpose facility, but their gracious donation was the catalyst that finally made Dan McCarney's long-awaited dream a reality. The impact of that building on the prestige of ISU football and the recruitment of student-athletes is immeasurable.
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