The Northeastern Conference voted, 6-5, against expansion Friday, ending for the moment the attempts by four Greater Boston League schools and Masconomet to join the 11-team conference.
The motion was to add Medford, Malden, Somerville, and Everett, along with Masconomet, currently a member of the Cape Ann League. Needing eight votes to expand, principals and athletic directors met for two hours before voting.
“It was a healthy discussion,” said Northeastern Conference spokesman and former Amesbury principal Les Murray. “In the end they just didn’t see the need to expand.”
According to Murray, school representatives talked about preserving rivalries, travel, and the possibility of dividing into a North, South, and Central format for some sports.
Masconomet is in talks with the Merrimack Valley Conference about joining that 11-team conference. Cambridge is leaving the GBL to join the Dual County League in 2014, leaving the GBL as a four-team league.